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* In an early episode of ''Series/SpinCity'', Carter added an autocorrect to the office's word processors to replace "Black" with "African American"; this results in invitations being mailed out for an "African American Tie Dinner."
14th Jan '18 10:04:05 AM nombretomado
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Along the same lines, a governmental authority (often a local council or MediaWatchdog) is accused of being over-zealous to the point of parody in trying to avoid offense to minority groups - not unlike the CulturePolice but in the other direction. [[{{Kotobagari}} Certain words or phrases are said to have been "banned"]], as if, say, Chipping Sodbury Borough Council has any effective power over the English language or, indeed, ''anything''. Often, the body in question is not only being overly cautious, they're actually oppressing the group that is the target of their actions, and are shocked should their targets explain that [[ForYourOwnGood a patronizing, paternalistic attitude]] can be [[UnwantedAssistance just as offensive as the perceived slight]]. On the other hand, since this is often a {{satire}} we're dealing with, it's just as likely that the mere hint of the word "offense" will indeed result in the offending work being [[BannedInChina Banned In Chipping Sodbury]].

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Along the same lines, a governmental authority (often a local council or MediaWatchdog) is accused of being over-zealous to the point of parody in trying to avoid offense to minority groups - not unlike the CulturePolice but in the other direction. [[{{Kotobagari}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Kotobagari}} Certain words or phrases are said to have been "banned"]], as if, say, Chipping Sodbury Borough Council has any effective power over the English language or, indeed, ''anything''. Often, the body in question is not only being overly cautious, they're actually oppressing the group that is the target of their actions, and are shocked should their targets explain that [[ForYourOwnGood a patronizing, paternalistic attitude]] can be [[UnwantedAssistance just as offensive as the perceived slight]]. On the other hand, since this is often a {{satire}} we're dealing with, it's just as likely that the mere hint of the word "offense" will indeed result in the offending work being [[BannedInChina Banned In Chipping Sodbury]].
13th Jan '18 5:16:06 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has an episode where Brian posts a mildly offensive joke on Twitter that goes viral and results in the Griffins becoming social pariahs. It gets to the point where they can't even leave the house without being harassed so Brian attempts to make a public apology, which leads to this:
-->'''Brian:''' Ladies and gentlemen, I'm here today to apologize-\\
'''Man:''' Why did you say "Ladies" first? That's sexist.\\
'''Brian:''' It's just, it's just a-a standard greeting. Let-let me start over. Gentlemen and ladies-\\
'''Woman:''' Ooh, says the man.\\
'''Brian:''' Okay, sorry, I-I... Um, humans in the audience-\\
'''Man 2:''' I identify as a basketball.\\
'''Brian:''' Humans and basketballs-\\
'''Man 3:''' I'm a parrot who mimics words but doesn't comprehend them.\\
'''Brian:''' Humans, basketballs, talking parrots, and-and whatever else is out there...\\
'''Woman 2:''' "Whatever"? It's whoever.\\
'''Woman 3:''' Actually, it's whomever.\\
'''Woman 2:''' No one likes you, Mary.\\
'''Brian:''' All right, all right, just-just calm down, okay?\\
'''Woman 4:''' Now you're tone policing us!\\
'''Man 4:''' That makes me uncomfortable. Anything that makes me uncomfortable in 2017 should be illegal.
1st Jan '18 11:06:49 AM nombretomado
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** In the short story ''HarrisonBergeron'' parodies the (perceived) attitudes of equality activists. It takes place in a future dystopia where everyone has been made equal by handicapping devices which curtail excess intelligence, strength, creativity, beauty, or any other natural advantage (and if you had an unnatural advantage, such as skill due to training, you were only allowed to use it to make yourself average). There's even a government official (The "Handicapper General") whose job is to oversee this. [[spoiler:She's fond of using shotguns as a tool of equality.]] The TV movie had a similar take. The government remakes the world to look like the 1950s (because that's when Americans are thought to have been happiest); the death penalty is enforced--on live television--for crimes like [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking jaywalking]]; in schools, you fail if you score too low... but also if you score too high; you're supposed to be embarrassed if you beat someone in chess too easily... And people are in favor of all this. One government official (in order to rule, of course, they must be free of the devices that inhibit them) explains to Harrison in a borderline non-sequitur that while this has resulted in a marked decline in, for example, the arts, if it had meant an end to atrocities like what happened in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, he would put the gun to Beethoven's temple (they were listening to Beethoven while watching footage of World War II) himself.

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** In the short story ''HarrisonBergeron'' ''Literature/HarrisonBergeron'' parodies the (perceived) attitudes of equality activists. It takes place in a future dystopia where everyone has been made equal by handicapping devices which curtail excess intelligence, strength, creativity, beauty, or any other natural advantage (and if you had an unnatural advantage, such as skill due to training, you were only allowed to use it to make yourself average). There's even a government official (The "Handicapper General") whose job is to oversee this. [[spoiler:She's fond of using shotguns as a tool of equality.]] The TV movie had a similar take. The government remakes the world to look like the 1950s (because that's when Americans are thought to have been happiest); the death penalty is enforced--on live television--for crimes like [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking jaywalking]]; in schools, you fail if you score too low... but also if you score too high; you're supposed to be embarrassed if you beat someone in chess too easily... And people are in favor of all this. One government official (in order to rule, of course, they must be free of the devices that inhibit them) explains to Harrison in a borderline non-sequitur that while this has resulted in a marked decline in, for example, the arts, if it had meant an end to atrocities like what happened in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, he would put the gun to Beethoven's temple (they were listening to Beethoven while watching footage of World War II) himself.
23rd Dec '17 11:22:59 AM nombretomado
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** The real evolution of "soldier's heart" (TheAmericanCivilWar) to "shell shock" to "battle shock" to "combat stress" to PTSD is more complex and less about political correctness than about trying to accurately describe an experience. It started out in the 17th century as "nostalgia"!

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** The real evolution of "soldier's heart" (TheAmericanCivilWar) (UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar) to "shell shock" to "battle shock" to "combat stress" to PTSD is more complex and less about political correctness than about trying to accurately describe an experience. It started out in the 17th century as "nostalgia"!
9th Dec '17 12:57:52 PM nombretomado
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* In the book version of ''LayerCake'', one chapter shows the protagonist at a barbershop with his con artist friend, who is pretending to be plummy aristocrat "Lord Hugo". In this persona, he expresses some very "Mailesque" views (reinstating national service, complaining about giving Hong Kong back to the "slope heads", etc.) and hearty endorsement from both the other patrons and the staff. At the same time, the protagonist is pretending to be a South American footballer who doesn't speak English and is addressed to his face as a dago and similar ethnic slurs.

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* In the book version of ''LayerCake'', ''Film/LayerCake'', one chapter shows the protagonist at a barbershop with his con artist friend, who is pretending to be plummy aristocrat "Lord Hugo". In this persona, he expresses some very "Mailesque" views (reinstating national service, complaining about giving Hong Kong back to the "slope heads", etc.) and hearty endorsement from both the other patrons and the staff. At the same time, the protagonist is pretending to be a South American footballer who doesn't speak English and is addressed to his face as a dago and similar ethnic slurs.
22nd Sep '17 7:06:34 PM nombretomado
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%%** It was also a Music/TomLehrer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0L_rD7CCe4&NR=1 one-liner]].


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* ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer'': The song "It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier" describes a variety of incompetent and inappropriate recruits Lehrer supposedly encountered during a stint in the Army. In the spoken introduction, he remarks:
-->One of the many fine things one has to admit is the way that the Army has carried the American democratic ideal to its logical conclusion, in the sense that not only do they prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, and color, but also on the grounds of ability.
16th Sep '17 5:16:52 PM nombretomado
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* The [[YanksWithTanks USAF]] fighter pilot band Music/DosGringos has a song called ''You Gotta Be In The Guard'', which decries the increasing restrictions on fighter pilot behavior. The Air National Guard, according to them, is ''more'' lenient on conduct than the Air Force.

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* The [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks USAF]] fighter pilot band Music/DosGringos has a song called ''You Gotta Be In The Guard'', which decries the increasing restrictions on fighter pilot behavior. The Air National Guard, according to them, is ''more'' lenient on conduct than the Air Force.
6th Sep '17 6:32:12 PM nombretomado
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** One story line has Grumbel's dealing with fallout after listing Christmas trees as 'holiday trees' in their ad. The worst part was it was an accident: someone made a proofreading error.
** A recurring plot in December comics is that the employees just can't win with holiday greetings. If they say 'Merry Christmas' someone gets offended. If they say 'Happy Holidays', someone gets offended. If they say nothing ''at all'', someone gets offended. It's PlayedForLaughs in one strip: Stuart greets a customer with 'Merry Christmas', and when she looks horrified, he changes it to 'Happy Holidays'. In his head he grumbles about this trope, while she's horrified by his Christmas greeting because it's the second day of ''October''.

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** One story line has Grumbel's dealing with fallout after listing Christmas trees as 'holiday trees' in their ad.ad, leading to protests and worse sales than usual. The worst part was it was an accident: someone made a proofreading error.
** A recurring plot in December comics is that the employees just can't win with holiday greetings. If they say 'Merry Christmas' someone gets offended. If they say 'Happy Holidays', someone gets offended. If they say nothing ''at all'', someone gets offended. It's to the point where Marla tells her employees to say whatever they want, as they'll get yelled at anyway.
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It's PlayedForLaughs in one strip: Stuart greets a customer with 'Merry Christmas', and when she looks horrified, he changes it to 'Happy Holidays'. In his head he grumbles about this trope, how people are so politcally correct, while she's horrified by his Christmas greeting because it's the second day of ''October''.
5th Sep '17 6:15:13 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' episode "Article 4", nearly everyone on Sealab abuses the affirmative action policy to get promoted to Captain... except for Quinn, who's [[OnlySaneMan too proud and too sensible,]] and Stormy, who's [[TheDitz too stupid]], and Allen and the other Asians (whom Article 4 actually discriminated against).

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' episode "Article 4", nearly everyone on Sealab abuses the affirmative action policy to get promoted to Captain... except for Quinn, who's [[OnlySaneMan too proud and too sensible,]] and Stormy, who's [[TheDitz too stupid]], Murphy (who's already captain), and Allen and the other Asians (whom Article 4 actually discriminated against).''discriminated'' against). Even a ''dolphin'' and a ''monkey'' got promotions.
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