That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore (and it’s not because of “political correctness”)
Julia Serano

“Political correctness” wouldn’t get nearly as bad a rap if actually was about treating people with respect, rather than as children not able to make their own judgements.

You write: “Comedy that “punches down” is simply going out of vogue.”

Maybe… But does Chris Rock’s comedy punch down? I don’t think so. But he won’t play US colleges any more because they are so quick to judge humour as “problematic”.

I agree with much of what you say, but I‘ve seen political correctness used to discriminate against former muslims speaking against radical islam; and against people in “t” communities for being the wrong kind of trans; and that any speech that makes the hearer feel uncomfortable should be shouted down.

I’d hope we can agree that is “problematic…”!

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