A Blow to PCness

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I LAUGHED MY ASS OFF when I first saw the cartoon of tennis "star" Serena Williams blowing a gasket or two. Let me rephrase that; when I saw THE REACTION to the cartoon. When I read that the publication, rather than retracting the cartoon and issuing an apology, put it on their front page, I almost pissed my pants. What was the crime? Williams is a big, black, buffed-out tennis-playing bitch who threw a fit. The artist depicted a big, black, buffed-out tennis-playing bitch throwing a fit. So, what's the problem?

 

The problem is that whenever certain people are shown in a less-than-favorable light, and even worse, shown to be pretty much exactly what they fucking ARE, OH MY FUCKING GOD!!! I guess that's going to be yet another call to arms..."Fighting the racism, sexism, and homophobia that was long been present in the world of sports in general, but tennis in particular." Whenever you are defeated by a worthy opponent, no problem! Bring to light something the umpire or judge did 30 year ago!!! On the receiving end of a bad call, or do you just flat-out suck? No sweat! Accuse the judge of any type of "ism" you can, and they'll cave!

 

In a sport that seems to have more than its share of pampered prima donnas, this situation really shouldn't stand out, and it normally wouldn't have, but because the whole world is going completely nuts over the dumbest shit imaginable, minor tennis-court tantrums become a call to arms for, to use Mad Magazine's term, "the usual gang of idiots". The left, as per usual, politicizes EVERYTHING, and, thanks to their allies in the media, fan the flames, turning minor and isolated incidents into major conflagrations.

 

For a country and a society that states they are all about freedom, why are so many people here opposed to having it? A line from the 1969 movie Easy Rider comes to mind:

 

George Hanson - Oh, yeah, that's right. That's what's it's all about, all right. But talkin' about it and bein' it, that's two different things. I mean, it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don't ever tell anybody that they're not free, 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em.

 

It's not just a bunch of redneck hicks George is referring to, not these days, anyway. I think it more than a tad bit ironic that people who profess to be all about freedom want to limit or destroy the rights of others to express themselves.

 

Back in 1992, a Mexican dude complained to me about a central (dead) character in the movie A Few Good Men, wondering why the victim HAD to be Hispanic; "Why couldn't they pick a white boy?". Also that year, I remember the uproar that the movie Basic Instinct caused because it depicted a bisexual author as a deranged serial killer. The following year, I saw the movie Falling Down, and wondered what the reaction would have been if a non-White actor had played the main part, or if the entire polarity of the movie was changed. Probably at least three weeks of demonstrations and rioting.

 

Anyway, I'm not an artist,and the best I can do is stick figures, so I'll have to describe it verbally. The cartoon should have looked something like this:

 

A line judge and a victorious Black-and-Jap (Black-and-Tan? lol) tennis player on both sides of poor Serena, with both of their mouths open wide enough to make an anaconda wince, screaming at her, and throwing things at her while calling her a racist, sexist, and homophobic thief! Serena, meanwhile, looks like Vanessa Williams in her 1984 prime, while her opponent is drawn like something out of American anti-Japanese WW2 propaganda.

 

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story, or a good cartoon. And never, under any circumstances, depict anyone who isn't White doing something less than heroic and stellar. I'm glad there are still some publications and journalists with balls out there, who refuse to say there are five lights when there are only four.

Comments

Ken Added Sep 19, 2018 - 3:39pm
Political Correctness is best understood if you know the origin of the term.   It is actually a COMMUNIST term.  It was used in USSR about dissenters.  They were rounded up and sent to "camps" to be re-educated until they were "Politically Correct".  You know - Goulags.
 
Many suffered major torture, and many death in these "re-education camps".
 
They were only release if and when the state decided they were now "Politically Correct".
 
Kind of puts being PC in a bit of a different light, huh?
Michael B. Added Sep 19, 2018 - 3:44pm
Yes Ken, I'm aware of the origin of the term, however, I like George Carlin's definition: "Fascism disguised as good manners." I have also coined my own definition:
 
"PCness is the act of someone being greatly offended by something, on behalf of someone else who either isn't  nearly as offended, or, quite often, doesn't give a fuck."
 
White women seem to be particularly prone to this, but then again, they're more susceptible to advertising too, lol.
The Burghal Hidage Added Sep 19, 2018 - 4:09pm
<sigh>....white girls! I know, right?
The Burghal Hidage Added Sep 19, 2018 - 4:13pm
PC is like colon cancer. You have to look it right in the ass. It's not pretty and yes it stinks, but you can't ignore it. To defeat it you may have to go to places you don't really want to.
 
 
Lance Added Sep 19, 2018 - 5:04pm
PC is a cancer on society.  You can't question single parenthood without being called racist.  You can't question a woman's claim of bad behavior by men without being called sexist.  And you can't suggest taking it up the arse is unnatural without being called a homophobic.
 
It's all nonsense and prevents any serious discussion of issues.
Spartacus Added Sep 19, 2018 - 5:22pm
Well, the lips were a bit exaggerated . . . so that is why it's racist.  LOL
EXPAT Added Sep 19, 2018 - 7:38pm
Everyone understands how everyone else should think! And when he doesn't comply, he is your enemy.
 
When nobody around you seems to measure up, it’s time to check your yardstick. – Bill Lemley
Jeffry Gilbert Added Sep 19, 2018 - 11:12pm
Fuck PC and any low life scum sucking rat fuck rat bastard mutherfuckin' POS that thinks its grand. 
Stone-Eater Added Sep 20, 2018 - 4:03am
I guess we all have the same POV on that whole PC shit. As if there weren't other problems to solve. Same goes for that LGBTZUQWMBP2°§¬. We should be more aware of the fact that in the non-"Western" world that stuff is no subject at all.
Tamara Wilhite Added Sep 20, 2018 - 10:45am
The accusations that the umpire is racist and sexist is insane - both players were black women.
Ian Thorpe Added Sep 20, 2018 - 10:58am
Tamara,
Yes but Serena is blacker. There must be a scale of victimhood people like you and I are just not aware of.
Michael B. Added Sep 20, 2018 - 12:40pm
Captain Gilbert sums it all up with his usual eloquence! However, you forgot one important part..."and the double-headed dildos they rode in on". LOL
Jeffry Gilbert Added Sep 20, 2018 - 8:35pm
I thought about including that but considered it bad form to plagerize your superb wordsmithing in your own article. 
Michael B. Added Sep 21, 2018 - 4:04am
@ Captain Gilbert - What a gent! However, I grant you unlimited license...my whores are your whores, lol.
Dr. Rupert Green Added Sep 21, 2018 - 7:00am
Venus made herself look like an ass without class.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Sep 21, 2018 - 7:43am
my whores are your whores
 
Great! But keep your two headed dildo to yourself. 
 
The Burghal Hidage Added Sep 21, 2018 - 1:20pm
Christ on a bike! after all we went through getting rid of him do you have to keep bringing up the two headed dildo?
Michael B. Added Sep 21, 2018 - 1:28pm
Gawd you guys are fucking assholes...no, you're triple-headed dildos. You're out of central casting for a porno parody of some fucked-up Japanese monster movie. Fuck you, the whore who gave birth to you, and all 10,000 of your fathers, lol.
The Burghal Hidage Added Sep 21, 2018 - 2:12pm
Pick an avatar and stick with it, will ya?
Michael B. Added Sep 21, 2018 - 2:16pm
Fuck you and the triple-headed dildo you rode in on. I'd prefer to have one that induces grand mal seizures in whoever looks at it, lol. If only my writing could have similar effects.
The Burghal Hidage Added Sep 21, 2018 - 2:18pm
I have seizures all the time. They're over rated
Benjamin Goldstein Added Sep 21, 2018 - 2:29pm
There are rumors that Serena Williams has a schlong. I'm just glad that her husband is no longer in the White House.
Michael B. Added Sep 21, 2018 - 2:45pm
@ BG - At a minimum, I bet her clit alone is probably on the lengthy side, lol.
Dr. Rupert Green Added Sep 21, 2018 - 8:45pm
haters.
 
Michael B. Added Sep 21, 2018 - 10:27pm
I just read about the latest example of PC madness. A certain bar in NYC is "under fire" because of its so-called "racist" dress code, which is:
 
No flat, straight brim or baseball caps.
No hoodies.
No ripped jeans of any kind.
No bandanas or doo-rags of any kind.
No baggy pants, jeans, shorts, or sweats.
No sleeveless shirts, tanks, or jerseys.
No white tees.
No camo.
No Timberland work boots of any kind.
 
Someone please tell me exactly HOW THE FUCK this is a "racist" dress code? If anything, it seems to be aimed more at rednecks. The only thing I can think of that could be tangentially associated with racism would be the prohibition of the doo-rag, but I've seen cracker wiggers wear them, too, lol.
Michael B. Added Sep 21, 2018 - 10:28pm
@ Rupert - haters? There you go with that atrocious grammar...AGAIN! Please point out where I'm indicating hatred here.
Johnny Fever Added Sep 22, 2018 - 1:06am
Before I begin, let me be perfectly clear, I agree with your core point.  Efforts to depict blacks in a good light and whites in a negative light is getting ridiculous.  However, I don’t think it’s about political correctness, it’s about fear of being labeled a racist. 
 
The problem with the cartoon was her lips.  If the cartoonist hadn’t drawn her lips like that I think there would have been nothing racist about it.  Based on what you wrote, I’d argue you agree, otherwise we wouldn’t be having a discussion about whether or not the criticism was political correctness run amuck.  Only a pseudo-racist cartoon would be so funny that you would laugh your ass off. 
 
Regarding the movies you reference:
 
A Few Good Men – One of the killers was black and the heroes of the movie were all white.
 
Basic Instinct – By having the murderer be a bisexual, doesn’t that prove your point wrong?  I don’t recall any outrage from the public about that.  Remember the minority is always more vocal.
 
Falling Down – Any other race and I don’t think the movie resonates.  It needed to be a middle class average white guy that loses his shit.  Any other race would have seemed like they were trying for some other message. 
Michael B. Added Sep 22, 2018 - 1:26am
@ JF - Thank you for those insightful comments, and I'm not being sarcastic, lol. However, I have to counter a couple of things:
 
From what I've seen, black people tend to have bigger lips, hence "liver lips". Black people are also known to have other things bigger, namely dicks, but that's a stereotype that they can more than live with.
 
AFGM - Unless you have served in the military, I cannot discuss this with you.
 
BI - Where the fuck were you when that movie came out? I was in Germany at that time, and it made waves...in a country where ice cream commercials there would rate as soft porn here.
 
FD - I'm thinking of submitting a spec script, except that the Michael Douglas character is from Bangladesh.
Johnny Fever Added Sep 22, 2018 - 1:33am
Black people tend to have bigger lips but Serena’s lips aren’t that big.  It was also commonplace to draw black people with big lips, much like the racist cartoon you always put on this site as your avatar.  Speaking of which, why not put it up now?  Too racist for an article meant to say all of us are too sensitive about race?
Michael B. Added Sep 22, 2018 - 1:45am
@ JF - Haaaahahahahhahahaha! Really? I didn't see that my favorite avatar had big lips, considering the fact that he was a White guy! BTW, thank you for inspiring one of my next posts: The Most Overused and Abused Word in the Fucking English Fucking Language - "Racist".
Jeff Jackson Added Sep 22, 2018 - 8:59pm
Political correctness is shading the truth in this society. Certain groups have been "sensitized" to take any phrase and "interpret" it as a racial slur, with which too many people are willing go along with. Once the comment is branded as politically incorrect, whatever meaning it has can be ignored. Serena Williams was having a bad day, and she let loose. While I do not necessarily blame her for that, containing our feelings is sometimes hard to do, yet, the term "professional" implies that we approach things in a less than emotional manner. You know, in a professional manner. Whatever field you are in, just go ahead and let off some steam on someone, and then your behavior will be described as "unprofessional."
James Travil Added Sep 22, 2018 - 9:21pm
I don't know about the cartoon, but Ms. Williams' hissy fit was beyond the pale, and a lot of people have taken notice. Not in a good way either. Talk about shooting yourself in the ass. 
Frosty Wooldridge Added Sep 24, 2018 - 4:13pm
Serena just got her rear end whupped, badly! She's a sore loser, poor loser, sad loser and a rich loser!  Nice to see another person of color dominating the game. White people dominated the first 100 years, so now, people of color will dominate for the next 10 centuries!  Cosmic payback.  We've seen enough of those two sisters for the past 20 years. Their time has come and gone. Amen.
wsucram15 Added Sep 26, 2018 - 8:24pm
Michael..good article and even better definition.  I like her, but she made herself and the sport in general just look bad.  Others have done the blow up tirade thing, and   for some reason it wasnt as huge an ordeal, but she has always handled herself with some grace as a sports figure, so I guess it is expected.
 
Michael B. Added Sep 26, 2018 - 11:22pm
@ Jeff J. and James T. - I cannot improve upon your comments!
Michael B. Added Sep 26, 2018 - 11:25pm
@ Frosty - "She's a sore loser, poor loser, sad loser and a rich loser!"
 
That sums it up nicely, lol. From my personal experiences, I've found black people to be very sore losers and to be very combative when challenged and/or criticized, no matter how constructive and well-intentioned it is, so her blowout wasn't much of a surprise to me.
Michael B. Added Sep 26, 2018 - 11:28pm
@ Jeanne - Thanks, Jeanne! I know we've had our differences regarding PCness in general, but no matter what, I'll always like you, lol! Like I said in the post, it was the reaction to Serena's meltdown that made me wonder (yet again) exactly how insane and outright fucking STUPID people are becoming.