Baroness Thatcher : The PC World of the Professionally Offended.

A football manager has got into trouble this week because he allegedly told this joke:

‘NASA decided they would finally send a man up in a capsule after sending only monkeys in the earlier missions.
‘They fire the man and the monkey into space.’
‘The intercom crackles “fire the retros”.
‘A little later, “Monkey, check the solid fuel supply’
‘Later still “Monkey, check the life support systems for the man”.
‘The astronaut takes umbrage and radios NASA. “When do I get something”.’
‘NASA replied – in 15 minutes, feed the monkey.’

Nope. I didn’t find the Space Monkey joke funny either. But neither is is racist, homophobic, islamophobic, misogynistic, ableist, transgenderophobic or any of the regular phobias and isms spouted by the hand wringing Professionally Offended of the left and increasingly the right.

Just over two weeks ago, the Professionally Offended (UK Branch) were also offended at a Hallowe’en costume.

Asda Mental Patient

As we see, it is of a slightly manic looking humanoid, dripping in blood, wearing a Straight Jacket and carrying a plastic cleaver. The costume was called “Mental Patient”. Therein lay the problem.

Here’s the thing. People know that all mental patients don’t run around with meat cleavers. We also acknowledge that people who have other Mental illnesses/disorders such as being bipolar, suffer with depression or have PTSD or those who are mentally disabled with autism or profound learning difficulties don’t really look like Jack Nicholson in The Shining.

Now instead of using the opportunity of educating people about the diversity of mental illnesses and disabilities, the Professionally Offended decided that the correct course of action would be to get this costume banned – to get discussion about Mental illness and disability prohibited. To make it verboten to have an opinion or any kind of humour surrounding Mental Illness/Disability (Most parents of disabled children and people with a mental illness that I encounter have a very dark sense of humour. It’s how they cope).

The French did this recently with a word too. They decided to ban the word “race”. In doing so their socialist minds think that this will make racism disappear. It isn’t as simple as this, though. Banning something just drives it underground… It never goes away.

What the Cultural Marxists are doing in encouraging the outrage of the Professionally Offended is using their offence to enable more and more of their divisive policies to be pushed through.

Simply put, it becomes “Thoughtcrime”.

In Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four, thoughtcrime is the criminal act of holding unspoken beliefs or doubts that oppose or question the ruling party. The government attempts to control not only the speech and actions, but also the thoughts of its subjects. It must do this to enable policy to pass without question.

With the advent of Political Multiculturalism, (a policy used to break down national identity to enable easier absorption into the federal EU), we saw the rise in people taking offence at “racist” words. To be called a “racist” became greater than the crime you were talking about.

Two examples spring to mind here.

The first is an article about a young Coon boy who was attacked because of his skin colour. What was that? I called him a Coon boy? Well he is. It’s his surname. But instead of reading the article and condemning the actions of the criminals, the first response for the Permanently Offended would be to condemn me for using his surname.

The second is the statement by Al Gore where he compares those who do not accept the myth of AGW to “racism”. He knows the power that used to accompany the word “racism”, and tried to claim the power of that to defend the (failing) Church of AGW to ensure the word of Cultural Marxism and it’s requirement to excessively tax the people is not threatened.

So, I ask you… Is thoughtcrime (or hate crime as we also know it) really just a word in a novel, or does it mean the end to independent thought? I think the latter. And it’s happening thanks to our Professionally Offended Hand Wringing chums.

Thoughtcrime

‘He was already dead, he reflected. It seemed to him that only now, when he had begun to formulate his thoughts, that he had taken the decisive step. The consequences of every act are included in the act itself. He wrote:

“Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime is death.”’ Winston Smith; 1984.

13 comments on “Baroness Thatcher : The PC World of the Professionally Offended.

  1. grumpyoldmanuk
    October 17, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    We also know that the term is “Strait Jacket”, not, “Straight Jacket”. Strait as in confined, not straight as in the shortest distance between 2 points. GRRRR!

    • TerryS
      October 17, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

      > not straight as in the shortest distance between 2 points.

      Do you mean straight as in heterosexual or would that be politically incorrect?

  2. baronessthatcher
    October 17, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Oh, gosh. You are right! Curse my rubbish typing while ironing at the same time skills. Come to mention it, I can now see another typo. I shall have to get a proper Iron Lady in.

  3. silverminer
    October 17, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    Not for the first time on this site I feel the need to quote Voltaire:-

    “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

    How did we stray so far from what is obviously a correct and moral principle?

    • therealguyfaux
      October 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

      Voltaire is, more correctly, reputed also to have said– “Common sense? It really ISN’T all that common!”

  4. Ron Van Wegen
    October 17, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    This quote is commonly misattributed to Voltaire.
    It came from a line from a book about Voltaire called “The friends of Voltaire” published in 1906, this line was in regards to Voltaire’s stance on Claude Adrien Helvetius.

    http://wiki.answers.com

  5. Roderick
    October 18, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    Perhaps that quote needs to be “updated” to “…and if I or anyone else could possibly feel offended by it, I will take all possible steps to punish you, and will expect to be lavishly compensated for the “injury” caused.”

  6. Simon Roberts
    October 18, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    I’ve lost count of the number of people that I’ve spoken to who aren’t aware what Cultural Marxism is.

    So many people ask the question “how on earth did we get here?” and if they took a few moments to think about it they would work out that it cannot have been by accident, yet when you suggest Marxism they either think you should be wearing a tin foil hat or, if they do think about it for a moment, reply that surely Marxism was defeated at the end of the cold war.

    Worse still, fixing the problem doesn’t even really require that people understand the specific cause – they just need to work out that if you are not happy with what politicians have done to the country then stop voting for the same politicians. Sadly, even this basic logic seems to elude most people.

  7. Anthem
    October 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Absolute classic today as some organisation calling themselves “Race for Sport” which, I believe, is fronted by a chap called Peter Herbert who is also the frontman for the not-at-all-racistly-named “Society Of Black Lawyers” (personally, I don’t think they are actual organisations – I just think Peter Herbert just likes to call himself these things from time to time) submitted a complaint to the FA about Hodgson’s comment.

    Apparently, they aren’t satisfied with Hodgson’s explanation and apology for any offence caused even though everyone else is and the so-called “victim” of the “offensive remark” (Andros Townsend) has gone on record as saying that Hodgson was paying him a compliment.

    I didn’t see the text of the original complaint but reports on this now have the following at the foot:-

    Since submitting their letter to the FA, Race for Sport has issued an unreserved apology for any offence caused to Andros Townsend and his family over a reference to the player. Race for Sport has sent the FA a revised version of the letter – and says the previous comment has been retracted having been submitted in error.

    The irony and the hypocrisy is unbelievable. Unfortunately (or possibly fortunately in light of these later developments), this absolute tool of a human being got a lot of coverage on Sky Sports News today and has made the pages of several tabloids.

    • Talwin
      October 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

      ‘Peter Herbert’, Anthem? How very dare you. If you check out ‘Peter’s’ website there is a clue, perhaps, in how he regards his own appelation.

      D Peter Herbert (O.B.E.) Barrister at Law.

      So there. And don’t you forget it.

  8. David
    October 19, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    The ‘horrors’ of ‘P.C’ are forever being exagerated by the right – and here is a classic example.
    True -trying to be ‘P.C’ can result in behaviour that is seemingly well meaning, but ends up being equally as offensive. Some peoples reaction to this – as here – is to see that as a licence to rubbish the very concept. It happens all the time in polarised political debates. A did this, A is a B, therefore all B’s are as bad as A. The Catholic Church invented the Popes Pairs, so there is only a Rizla paper separating most Catholics from evil inquisitors.

    The concept of P.C is simple. It is humanity trying to get away from labeling individuals by stereotype. Trial by first appearance. Our natural tendency for badging is getting in the way. It has nothing to do with cultural marxism.

    If the left use it as a weapon to tar the right with, and the right being thus offended can’t at least ever seam to admit the virtue of making an effort to see past race and gender etc, then both sides have failed.

    All to human to use the concept of tribalism to beat each other with.

    We have a way to go yet.

  9. Battsby (@Battsby)
    October 21, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    It is, of course a race to the end: http://batsby.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/the-tortoise-and-hare.html

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Baroness Thatcher : The PC World of the Professionally Offended. | Bogpaper.com | Cranky Old Crow - October 19, 2013

    […] Baroness Thatcher : The PC World of the Professionally Offended. | Bogpaper.com. […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: