At 2 hours ago, SnoopyChicken wrote:
PC has done great things for my country, it's a shame it's become a dirty word. There are very few real cases of "PC gone mad" as far as I can see.
This depends on your definition of "PC gone mad". In my opinion, this instance is PC gone mad. The fact that someone writes a headline which, lets face it, was likely an oversight, and then there's massive uproar, the headline is changed and the company sends out a formal apology is a bit ridiculous. I can understand the point of political correctness, but really it needs to be there as a form of guide, not strict rules.
Another example of PC gone mad, which, by the way, happens a fair deal over here, is something that happened to my brother a while ago. He tried to buy a gingerbread man from a shop. They wouldn't sell it to him because he referred to it as a gingerbread man and not a gingerbread person.
If PC continues the way it's going, it serves to undermine the entire premise of free speech. Of course, I'm not arguing for racism, far from it. Racism is absolutely disgusting, but honestly, I don't think it helps much to constantly tell people that certain words are taboo (I'm not talking about words like n***** here, but words like black), causing people to jump into outrage the moment anyone so much as thinks them. People just need to chill out a bit.