I am no fan of Bill Maher. However, there are a (very) few things that I can consistently agree with him on. The first is the threat of Islam and the fact that Islam and Christianity are in no way similar. Maher often bangs the drum that violence in Islam is tolerated (and encouraged), whereas it is denounced in Christianity. The second thing that Maher and I usually agree on is our common distaste for all things politically correct.
On Friday Maher stopped for a second while talking to fellow comedian Jim Ross to discuss the topic of political correctness. Maher brought up the recent hubbub involving Jerry Seinfeld:
“I hear that all the time. I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.’”
Seinfeld says the youth today don’t understand what it means when they use these politically correct terms so easily. “They just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist;’ ‘That’s sexist;’ ‘That’s prejudice,’” he said. “They don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.”
I could imagine a time when people would say that is offensive to suggest that a gay person moves their hands in a flourishing motion and you now need to apologize.
This is a creepy PC thing out there that really bothers me.
Maher joked that Seinfeld isn’t exactly known as an “edgy” comedian, so if he’s feeling pressure from PC liberals, then every comedian is in danger. He also noted that liberals are far worse when it comes to forcing PC rules of conduct.
“Do you think it’s a liberal conservative thing – because liberals are definitely more PC. I used to fight with this audience all the time, because we used to get the audience strictly from liberal sources, then we got the audience like from everywhere and I’ve had a much better time the last couple of months.”
Maher and Seinfeld are right. And they should worry — because liberals aren’t only out to silence conservatives – they are out to silence anyone who doesn’t conform to the PC norm.