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->''"And in a gutless act of political correctness, 'Pizza Day' will now be known as 'Italian-American Sauced Bread Day.'"''
-->-- '''Principal Seymour Skinner''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

This title, taken from an [[MemeticMutation infamous]] CatchPhrase of the ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Daily Mail]]'', a British tabloid newspaper, can refer to one of two things.

In some cases, this might be literally about political correctness taken too far, presented through a GranolaGirl or SoapboxSadie who [[StrawCharacter embodies the negative aspects of the PC movement]]. It may also involve MoralGuardians attempting to {{Bowdlerize}} a work in order to remove ''anything'', no matter how trivial, that [[ValuesDissonance might be]] [[UnfortunateImplications considered "offensive"]]. However, in other cases, the accusations of political correctness are baseless.

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. [[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]].

PoliticallyCorrectHistory is a specific variant where CommonKnowledge historical accounts are treated as {{Fanon}} to avoid UnfortunateImplications such as ValuesDissonance or having to explain AluminumChristmasTrees.

Usually, a range of urban myths are presented as examples of PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad, such as ...
* Blackboards in school being renamed "chalkboards" to avoid offending black people. [[note]]"Chalkboard" is gaining usage, but not for ''those'' reasons.[[/note]]
* Some schools having a "holiday tree" every [[YouMeanXmas "Winter Holiday Season"]], or even more drastic...
* City councils banning Christmas to avoid offending Jews, Muslims, neopagans, and other non-Christian folk[[note]]This is perpetuated by the ''Daily Mail'' and ''The Sun'' newspapers, but has in fact never happened. The closest known examples are the taking down of Christmas displays from public property. Or businesses forbidding employees to say “Merry Christmas” and instead requiring "Happy Holidays" or some equally generic alternative. [[/note]]
* Manholes being renamed "Personnel Access Units" to avoid offending women.
* American public schools in California and other Western states banning clothing depicting the American flag in order to avoid inflaming students who identify as Mexican nationals. [[note]]While this has in fact happened, there has never been a statewide or even citywide ban applicable to all schools therein, and the U.S. Supreme Court has established that freedom of expression may be abrogated on a case-by-case basis if the certainty ("clear and present danger") exists that it will lead to violence.[[/note]]

There is occasionally an element of truth to these stories, in that something vaguely similar happened at least once somewhere, but it's the reaction that is truly "gone mad". More often, such stories are outright fabrications or InsaneTrollLogic extrapolations of something relatively innocuous, such as wrongly assuming EverythingIsRacist. Ironically, many current PC taboos are the unintended offspring of anti-PC hysteria, as mass media attention on these fictions leave ordinary people under the impression that such laws really exist, and should be obeyed.

All of this is especially ironic, considering that Political Correctness took on its contemporary meaning when the radical left began using it as a [[SelfDeprecation self-aware joke]] about the intrusion of Academic (the capital "A" ''is'' required) feminist and socialist argot into their everyday lives (not all leftists being necessarily socialists, much less feminists). Expect most of those invoking MarsAndVenusGenderContrast to imply, if not state outright, that they're taking a brave stand against this trope in the name of TruthInTelevision. In some such cases, "Pushing back against our PC culture" can become a form of {{Jerk Justification|s}}; there are quite valid reasons many things evoke the reaction "DudeNotFunny"

Parodies typically involve stylized NewSpeak used in random areas the original does not cover as well as blatant {{Windmill}}s.

A FracturedFairyTale is a [[ExternalRetcon "reimagined"]] FairyTale often retold from a PoliticallyCorrect viewpoint, PlayedForLaughs.

If you're curious what ''political correctness'' actually means, it's an originally Communist colloquialism related to the "party line", another phrase of the same pedigree; that which accords with the party line, and thus with the Communist Party's position on a given issue, is accurately described as "politically correct", while that which does not is not. (Ironically, on many cultural issues the Communist Party has proven itself to be on the right, not the left.)

%%This is not a place to complain about minor changes that don't make sense to you personally. When adding examples of changes in works due to ExecutiveMeddling, please stick only to those that render the work nonsensical, change its meaning completely, or miss the point of the work altogether.



!!Political correctness impacting stories:

* In the late 1980s, as Americans were becoming more health-conscious (itself an example of this trope), UsefulNotes/McDonalds introduced three kinds of salads, one of which was called "Chicken Salad Oriental" (and the "[=McDonald's Menu Song=]", recorded and released in 1989, reflects this). Neither the name nor the dish itself appears on the menu anymore, and in more recent decades other versions of that salad offered at other fast-food restaurants have taken to calling them "Asian salads." This is because, since the 1980s, many Asian-Americans have objected to being called "Orientals", claiming that it is a colonialist term and that it dehumanizes them because it's also used to describe things (such as "Oriental rugs"). This has ironically led to inanimate objects from the Far East being referred to as "Asian", [[AnalogyBackfire by analogy]] insinuating that Asian ''people'' are not human. And anyway, "Asian" itself is a Western exonym, deriving from the Assyrian (Semitic) word for "east."
* [[http://i.imgur.com/L4xw7HG.jpg This ad for hot chocolate]], complete with "gender neutral marshmallow snow being".

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Many 4Kids shows[[note]]and other {{Macekre}}d anime for that matter[[/note]] are (in)famous for this.
** The 4Kids showing of ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' had the removal of halos from dead characters (too religious, presumably). Instead, they were replaced by small glowing orbs. Also, painting Mr. Popo blue (due to fear of him being seen as a caricature of black people, ignoring the fact that every single prior American airing of Dragon Ball left him as is).
** In their dub of Anime/OnePiece, one of Buggy's pirates was given a RaceLift from black to white; as the character is drawn with prominent lips, this was supposedly to remove a racial stereotype. [[http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs48/f/2009/198/1/8/4kids_is_racist__PROOF_by_ZoeTheHedgehog.jpg No lie.]] Depending on one's perspective, the UnfortunateImplications of literally "whitewashing" a character can make them look at least as racist as the stereotype they were trying to prevent.
** 4Kids also colored Miss [=MerryChristmas's=] green Christmas tree tie to purple and renamed her Miss Groundhog's Day (Though admittedly, given her abilities, the rename actually fits more than the original name). They also removed anything in the show even ''resembling'' a cross, regardless if it was supposed to actually be one or not.
** They changed Zakuro's/Renee's weapon from a cross to a stick in their badly mangled ''Anime/TokyoMewMew'' dub (as "Mew Mew Power"). They also went out of their way to airbrush her cross necklace in every shot, as well as to cut shots of her praying at a cathedral and censoring the giant cross in said cathedral, which was the setting of one battle. Surprisingly, they aren't always consistent about what they censor: an early episode of {{Pokemon}} had Misty holding up a real cross and specifically referring to it as such.
** The 4Kids dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! was known for removing any blatant religious symbolism, regardless of faith. This included a Star of David in the first episode, which was turned into a generic triangle.
* The Viz release of the ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' manga changed an image resembling a crucifix (a man chained onto a cross) into a man chained to a stone slab.[[note]]This type of change is not completely unheard of, however. Furthermore, this one is often justified.[[/note]] Later editions of the manga did return the original cross, however.
* According to Creator/FUNimation, Saban wouldn't let them say "idiot" in their original dub of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/StanLee and Marvel Comics published a three-story arc of ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' (#96-98) in 1971 without the [[UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Comics Code Authority's]] seal of approval after the CCA refused to approve an anti-drug comic on the basis that the comic had drugs in it.[[note]]Something similar to the ''Der Fuhrer's Face'' fiasco, seeing as you have to show something if you want to say it's wrong.[[/note]] Something the government would have done nothing about because ''they specifically asked Lee to write it''. In the end, this led to a reform of the Comics Code.
* After ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', the Creator/DCComics Christmas one shot was going to be named "Infinite Christmas". It was solicited and advertised as such, but when it actually came out it was called "Infinite Holiday", pretty much eradicating the original pun.
* ''ComicBook/DruidCity'': Becky Fink and Carla Cortez are part of a group dedicated to renaming the medical term Asperger's Syndrome. The [[http://druidcitycomic.com/comic/volume-1-page-095/ group]] is named "Stop Making Fun of the Term Asperger’s. It’s Asinine”.
* In the ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen'' graphic novel ''ComicBook/GodLovesManKills'', ComicBook/KittyPryde's dance teacher Stevie Hunter attempts to keep Kitty from beating up a boy who'd called her a "mutie lover" (not knowing that Kitty herself was a mutant), by telling Kitty that "they're just words." Kitty immediately throws Stevie's seeming hypocrisy in her face, asking her if she'd be so calm had the boy called Kitty a "nigger lover." This is the second time Kitty has used the [[BerserkButton word "nigger"]] to highlight hypocrisy and xenophobia. Both examples got a lot of flak and continue to do so, where a number of readers objected to the use of the word ''even if it was to make a point about tolerance''. (Admittedly, part of said objections were disquiet with explicitly equating fictional prejudice and fictional slurs with real-life prejudice and real life slurs, instead of leaving them in the realm of subtext.)
* ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'':
** Somewhat lampshaded during Creator/KurtBusiek's run, where the team was forced to add at least one ethnic minority to its [[MonochromeCasting decidely-white roster]]. ComicBook/IronMan spends most of the issue complaining about how idiotic the notion of "diversity" is, while ComicBook/TheWasp feels crappy after realizing just how few minority members the team actually had up until that point. Thor and ComicBook/CaptainAmerica are also shown to be deeply angry and frustrated over the issue, believing that the Avengers should base their recruitment on actual talent, ability, competence, teamwork and dedication and not on ethnicity. Thor even goes so far as to ask "What does the color of a man's skin have to do with the content of his heart?"
** A much earlier issue from the 1980s had a similar set-up, but with a much more negative message. ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} is unfairly kicked off the team in favor of Comicbook/TheFalcon (an African American), and Falcon ultimately quits because he hates the idea of only being asked to join the Avengers to serve as the TokenMinority.
* DC's [[Comicbook/TheNew52 New 52]] reboot [[RaceLift race lifts]] [[Comicbook/TheFlash Wally West]] from a Caucasian adult to an African-American teenager. Changing a fictional character's ethnicity is nothing new, but what made this race lift more glaring than others is that the original Wally West was married to an Asian American and had two mixed-race children. This meant that DC had sacrificed ''three'' ethnic characters for the sake of one.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* This is a common problem with advertising Christmas movies. Even if something is clearly about Christmas, or a family is shown celebrating a holiday that is clearly Christmas (the calendar itself is saying that it's December 25), mention of the word "Christmas" will often be bowdlerized into "Holidays" in the marketing campaigns.
* When the ''Film/HungerGames'' film was released, some fans of the books complained that two of the main characters were played by a black actor and actress, apparently because this conflicted with the way these viewers had imagined the characters in their minds. The film studio was accused of pandering to political correctness. Of course, since the description from the book quite clearly describes them as having "dark skin" and "curly black hair", and the author has specified in interviews that those characters were black, one wonders [[UnfortunateImplications what actually motivated such outrage.]]
* In Germany, swastikas on all promotional material for ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' are censored. While [[NoSwastikas the depiction of swastikas is technically illegal in Germany]], the law clearly states that this ban does not apply to works of art (among other things). The law, however, does not exempt commercial use and advertising, so leaving the swastika out of promotional material is actually prescribed. (In other words: You can have a swastika in your movie, but you cannot have it in the posters you use to advertise it.)
* Similar to the above entry, ''Film/PacificRim'''s Hungarian trailers couldn't mention the name Gipsy Danger, in order to avoid offending Romani people. Despite it playing a pivotal role in the film and being controlled by good guys, the combination of words in its name was seen as terribly racist by many, which is an understandable reason for omitting it, but the name, along with all the robot names, is left untranslated in the movie itself, and that seems to have caused no controversy.
* When ''Film/IronMan2'' was released in China, [[http://shanghaiist.com/2010/05/09/chinas_bizarre_censorship_of_iron_m_1.php every instance of the word "Russian" was made inaudible]]. No explanation was given for why, although theories abound in the comments ranging from China thinking viewers would be distressed by a Russian villain, trying lend a courtesy to their longtime ally nation, or instead trying to distance themselves from Russia [[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed by obscuring all mention of it]].
* ''Film/IronMan3'' faced lots regarding how they'd use Tony Stark's ArchEnemy, [[YellowPeril The Mandarin]].
* The 2012 remake of ''Film/{{Red Dawn|2012}}'' was repeatedly delayed, and eventually underwent a partial re-shoot in order to avoid offending the Chinese. Instead, the villain is an AcceptableTarget (North Korea).

* The events in Philip Roth's ''The Human Stain'' are set in motion by this trope. The protagonist, Coleman Silk, is a college professor and after noticing that two students have not appeared for any of his lectures, asks his class "Does anyone know these people? Do they exist or are they spooks?". As it turns out, both of the missing students are black ''and'' "spook" is not only a term for "ghost" or "spy", but also a racial slur. Coleman then quits his job at the college amidst unfair accusations of racism, which is ironic,[[spoiler: since, unbeknownst to most characters, he is black himself, albeit very light-skinned]]. [[note]]This whole episode happened in RealLife to Prof. Melvin Tumin, although, fortunately, he did not suffer Coleman's fate.[[/note]]
* The non-fiction book ''Who Stole the News'' mentions an incident when a reporter on an aircraft carrier was reprimanded for saying that the blast from a jet plane could "blow a man overboard". He was told to change it to "person", whereupon he pointed out a) there were no women on board U.S. Navy aircraft carriers in a combat zone (it was the first Gulf War) and b) it was a Man Overboard drill not a Person Overboard drill.
* ''The Language Police'' by Diane Ravitch is about this phenomenon, specifically when applied to textbooks. It even includes a huge glossary of "banned words" and other material that has been banned from the texts.
* While considered English classics, both ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'' and ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'' get a lot of flak for their use of the word "nigger", despite the fact that it is politically appropriate for the setting, and neither of the books condone slavery. In fact, the latter book revolves around a slave's journey to freedom.
** In fact this is played for laughs in one joke edition of the books, where "nigger" is replaced with the far more politically, if not actually, correct "robot"
* Common problem with "The Nigger of the Narcissus", a novel by nowadays classic Creator/JosephConrad... It has it in its title, so it is quite frequent to rise really heated debate in public libraries and schools. No racism intended in the novel, ''nigger'' being a completely acceptable term at the time for any black person.
** It ''was'' a bad word back then, not because it was offensive to black people (there being statistically hardly any blacks in Britain in those days) but because it was a "crude" lower-class word that socially diminished the person using it. In that regard, were it not for the racial connotation, "The Nigger of the Narcissus" might actually be praised for having a "down-to-earth" or "anti-elitist" title (comparable to, say, "The Bastard of the Narcissus" or "The Bitch of the Narcissus").
** In ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', Atticus asks Scout not to say "nigger" because "it's common," meaning this.
** The Creator/HPLovecraft novella "The Rats in the Walls" features a black cat by the name "Nigger-Man", after Lovecraft's actual pet. It's changed (often creatively) in every adaptation.
* ''Literature/PippiLongstocking''
** In the German translation the word "Negro King", being the title used for Pippi's father, was considered inappropriate for obvious reasons. [[note]]In the 1960s, the English translation had "cannibal king" even though Lindgren specified that the Kurrekurredutt had long ago given up the practice.[[/note]] It was replaced with "South Seas King" in the book's 2009 edition. With the old title still being present in earlier editions, some [[MoralGuardians Moral Guardians]] advise parents to replace the word themselves, or "skip" it, among with other "problematic" passages when reading the book out to their children.
** The Swedish 2015 edition also has "negerkung" ("Negro King") replaced with "söderhavskung" ("South Sea King").

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* When ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was launched, media described Tuvok as an "African-American Vulcan" when, as an alien, he was neither African nor American. Of course, the actor is.

* Not So ComicallyMissingThePoint: Music/PattiSmith has been accused of racism because of her song "Rock 'N' Roll Nigger" from ''Music/{{Easter}}''. Similar accusations have been leveled against Music/YokoOno for "Woman is the Nigger of the World".

[[folder:Print Media]]
* [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/7079231/Advert-for-reliable-workers-banned-as-discrimination-by-Jobcentre-Plus.html This brief, isolated, yet hilarious example]]. Apparently, looking for reliable workers counts as discrimination against unreliable people, with an equally hilarious implication that unreliability is not a bad thing.
* Subverted: when the Smithsonian "Museum of the American Indian" opened, a petition quickly pulled up to change it to "Native American". It was quashed by request of none other than the Muscogee High Chief.
* A college campus newspaper once interviewed flautist R. Carlos Nakai, who objected to the term "Native American". He preferred instead to be referred to as a member of his specific tribe, or even generically as an Indian (his reasoning being that the term "Indian" was the result of an honest mistake that just happened to stick, whereas "Native American" imposes a nationality not of his choosing). Nonetheless, the article ignored his request and went on to refer to Nakai as a Native American at least five times despite his objection to the term.
* Similarly, when Cornell announced that Oren Lyons was "the first native American commencement speaker", he requested "American Indian", since "native American" means someone born here, and so most of the students were presumably native Americans. Many actually call themselves "Indian people" and prefer this. Activists point out that "Indian" is the word used on the treaties, so it's wise to keep it in legal contexts -- like for reacquisition of land.
* Calling someone an actor regardless of their gender is slowly becoming standard practice, and many thespians prefer it. Sophia Loren was called an "actor" in her Charlie Rose interviews, for instance. FridgeLogic strikes, however, when one considers the UnfortunateImplications inherent in assuming that the feminine suffix -tress automatically implies a position of lesser respect than the male suffix -tor, and that females must therefore assume a masculine title if they wish to be respected. Newspapers have also sometimes fallen afoul of some amusing complications arising from the practice:
* ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Guardian]]'':
** This left-liberal British newspaper, which is the polar opposite of the ''Daily Mail'', insists in its style and usage guide that the word "actress" is now obsolete, and all members of the thespian profession, regardless of gender, should be called "actors". As many (but by no means ''all'') female thespians prefer to be called "actors" these days, this may be for the good and takes individual wishes into account; as the style guide points out, Creator/LadyGaga got a 2010 Brit award for Best International Female Artist, not 'artiste'. The Guardian's stablemate, the Sunday ''Observer'', appears to ask first how the performer wishes to be described and uses ''actress/actor'' according to her wishes. The style guide recommends common sense, pointing out that in its obituary for a deceased Italian film director, it described him as "a man with a [[HoYay good eye for pretty actors]]", which conveyed entirely the wrong sense of the director's sexuality; the style guide notes that "actresses" would, in that instance, have been preferable.
** ''The Guardian'' again became unstuck on this one when reporting on the wedding of American entertainer Ellen deGeneres. The caption to the photo described Ms deGeneres as celebrating her nuptials with a fellow "actor". Thus inadvertently changing Ellen's sexuality and gender preferences to heterosexual or her own gender to male in one fell caption. At least for readers too lazy to actually look at the photo.
* The NCAA once attempted to strike North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" team name as "derogatory". Basic summary of the response to the NCAA by actual Sioux: [[http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/26/the-native-americans-who-voted-for-the-fighting-sioux.html/ "Fuck you."]]
** The Spirit Lake tribe did approve the Sioux nickname, but the governing council of the Standing Rock tribe (the other Sioux in North Dakota) refused to even let the matter go to a vote, which is not only a functional rejection, but a veto of the Spirit Lake vote. Finally in 2012, a significant majority of the voting population of North Dakota decided that the fight wasn't worth it anymore, and voted to stop fighting the NCAA on the matter. So after a period of having ''no'' nickname they have become the Fighting Hawks.
** The NFL has gotten a lot of flack for the name of the Washington Redskins. One main image problem the Redskins have is the fact that their original owner, George Preston Marshall, who was one of the founders of the modern National Football League, pressured all the other team owners not to draft or sign a single nonwhite player until 1946 (this despite the presence of black players in the original NFL in the 1920s), and also because Marshall himself refused to sign any black players for his team until 1962. Despite these marks on his character, Marshall is still in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (he's too seminal a figure in American football history to be omitted) and the Redskins still have his name proudly displayed on one of the many banners decorating the perimeter of [=FedEx Field=] in Landover, Maryland.
** Native Americans themselves are divided to the suitability of the "Redskins" name. Some point out that "Redskin" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40SFqadRTQ0 can also be a term of pride]] and that there are more important issues to be concerned about.
*** Native imagery in sports is an ongoing debate. Many Cleveland Indians fans would be reluctant to change their team's name, although few are willing to actually defend the caricature known as Chief Wahoo on any platform other than "he's been there for decades, it's tradition". This type of topic has been known to fan a FlameWar here and there. As far as the NCAA goes, though, if the representative tribes give their approval, a school can keep their nickname (such as the Florida State Seminoles).
** The topic of the Cleveland Indians is particularly egregious, as there is some evidence that the team was named after an Native American who had played extremely well. Then again, there's just as much evidence that this was only a RetCon, and, in any case, Chief Wahoo has only tradition to justify its use.
* Because a historical display put up in North Carolina's old house chamber for the sesquicentennial of the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar included a Confederate battle flag, the entire display was shut down due to protests by the NAACP over its presence. That's right, even though the historical context of the flag in the display ''was acknowledged by the complainant'', a commemoration of the Civil War was ''still'' considered an inappropriate place to display a Confederate battle flag. Story [[http://now.msn.com/confederate-flag-removed-from-old-north-carolina-capitol-display here]].
* There was [[http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/01/20/utah-school-rejects-cougar-mascot-to-avoid-offending-older-women/ one school in Utah]] that was forced to change its name from the Cougars to avoid offending middle aged women (for whom "cougar" is a term).
* From the [[http://www.radiolab.org/2010/jun/28/be-careful-what-you-plan-for/ July 7, 2013]] episode of [[Creator/{{NPR}} WNYC's]] Radiolab, crossing over with the ScunthorpeProblem: A right-wing Christian publication replaced every instance of "gay" in an article with "homosexual". Sounds okay, right? Not when the article is a sports piece about a player with the last name "Gay".
** Similar ArtificialStupidity did the same to veteran Irish TV personality Gay Byrne. In his case, Gay is a long-accepted Irish diminutive of the name "Gabriel".
* In an overlap with NWordPrivileges, any given NPR (probably other news outlets as well) segment will not allow their hosts to use the word "nigger". However, black guests are sometimes allowed to use the word un-bleeped, resulting in a conversation in which one half uses the word openly in a theoretical context and sounds like an intelligent adult, while the other half must use the euphemism "the N-word" and ends up sounding like a third-grader, even though more often than not they are both in ''complete agreement'' about the context in which the use of the word is harmful.
* ''Radio/ThisAmericanLife'' staffer Elna Baker, talking about letters from listeners about drug experiences, mentioned that several people on mushrooms had had visions of a Native American elder beckoning them along a path. Both Baker and host Ira Glass characterized such visions out of hand as "racist".
* ''Salon'' online magazine ran a Randa Jarrar rant about "white bellydancers" that was promptly demolished by commenters from all races, including a number of professional ''raqs sharqi'' instructors. Never mind that the origins of modern belly dancing come from a combination of Egyptian folk dances with European stage dances and that the father of the genre admitted he was inspired by Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.
* Oxford University Press came in for some criticism when [[http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/top-publisher-bans-mentions-of-pigs-or-pork-so-as-not-to-offend-muslims-or-jews-9976568.html the BBC revealed]] that their editorial guidelines for children's textbooks prohibited mentioning pigs or sausages or pork products, so as not to offend Muslims or Jews. Muslim and Jewish leaders were quick to protest that they were perfectly fine with ''mentioning'' pork, just not eating it.
* A local Queens NY paper, in an article on a Black Jewish synagogue, quoted one of the members as saying that there were "African-Americans" in Solomon's temple. It is unclear whether the person actually said this, or the reporter or editor "corrected" it.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Retail}}'':
** One story line has Grumbel's dealing with fallout after listing Christmas trees as 'holiday trees' in their 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.
** 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 how people are so politcally correct, while she's horrified by his Christmas greeting because it's the second day of ''October''.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Thanks to ValuesDissonance, Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA Tennessee, Texas, Georgia and North American Heavyweight Champion as well as World Junior Heavyweight Champion Sputnik Monroe is best known for trying gain {{heel}} heat by integrating the stadiums in Memphis. This [[BrokenBase incidentally]] made him a baby {{face}} to the black audience members.
* The Turner Network intended that CNN would change the user of the word "foreign" to "international". This directive accidentally became applied to all Turner Network companies. Including Wrestling/{{WCW}}, who subsequently changed the wrestling term for weapons like chairs, tables and so on, "Foreign Objects" to "International Objects".

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity'', launched with the philosophy that there are no such things as UnacceptableTargets, has softened this stance and removed cards such as "Date Rape" and "Passable Transvestites" from later releases. Interestingly, the 19-year-old trans gentleman who most famously protested the "Passable Transvestites" card [[OpinionOverride has since recanted]], [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelzarrell/theres-one-cards-against-humanity-card-the-creator-regrets-m saying that]] it was not okay for him to single out only transgender people as {{Unacceptable Target}}s and he never meant for his post to go viral.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Jynx was originally designed with black "skin" and is based on a combination of a Japanese spirit called a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yama-uba yama-uba]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganguro ganguro women]]. A woman named Carole Boston Weatherford complained about Jynx's racial offensiveness since they resemble the golliwog, a racist caricature, so Jynx has since been redesigned to be purple. Complaints about the changes still persist.
** To avoid swear words being seen, later ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games have made it so you can't name your character, or nickname a Pokémon with a swear word or similar inappropriate words, and have the same words banned in no less than 11 different languages. The problem is that even if one of the words is part of a totally innocent word or name, [[ScunthorpeProblem it won't go through]]. Even if you hack your own copy of the game so it will, the problem persists while trading between games. This even caused problems with un-nicknamed Pokemon -- for example, there was a period where one monster, Co''[[HehHehYouSaidX fag]]''rigus, couldn't be traded unless it was nicknamed to something supposedly more appropriate! This decision got particular flack in the Generation VI games ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', which won't let you name your Pokemon anything with the string "viol" in it (it being French for rape) while at the same time having a Gym Leader named Viola.
* Players of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' used to be able to get a pet Maine Coon cat until a small but extremely vocal group of players whined to have it removed. When other players pointed out that Maine Coon was a ''real life'' breed of cat and not racist in any way, the complainers switched to complaining about the OrphanedEtymology of the name, and ultimately succeeded in getting it changed.
** The name of the weapon "The Nicker" was changed to "The Blackrock Slicer" because the former name was enough to create a hurricane of racist jokes. Originally it was called that because it was a two-handed battle axe with a blade in the shape of an oversized razor blade; the joke being that getting cut with it was like nicking yourself shaving, only much worse.
* In ''VideoGame/CityVille'', players can build a Wedding Hall as a Community Building. It looks like a church, with no other religious iconography. After arguments that it wasn't inclusive enough, Wedding Halls are now a nondescript building with two giant rings on it. Those who already had the church can still keep it.
* The original intro of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' featured generic white man and black man characters getting in a fistfight. Instead of being seen as an attempt at racial diversity (not that the game didn't have plenty of it in the first place), Capcom was accused of racism solely because said sequence shows a black guy getting punched by a white guy. Later releases of the game have both characters as white.
** The HD Remix, replaced an image of the Indian god Ganesha in the background of Dhalsim's stage with the Taj-Mahal, a more generic Indian symbol.
* As mentioned under Film above, swastikas and Nazi iconography pose a particular problem for releases in Germany. And unfortunately, video games are ''not'' protected as "art" in the same way as films, so any game set in the European Theater during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII must remove all swastikas from the game for the German release.
* In response to a racially-motivated church shooting in South Carolina in June, 2015, the long-running controversy over popular depictions of the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar Confederate battle flag]] escalated to a fever pitch. To the point that Apple removed any video games based around the Civil War which display the flag from the App Store. So in other words, pretty much ''all of them, including ones where they were the villains''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In 2010, Microsoft banned someone from XBox Live because he (truthfully) identified his home location as Fort Gay, West Virginia ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Gay,_West_Virginia the town's actual name]]). Fortunately, they retracted the ban after the town representatives spoke up. They also banned someone for entering "Dick Wood" into the name field of their XBox Live account. His name is, in fact, Richard Wood. After he complained, they enforced the ban on the justification that it's against the rules to use your real name for a username.
* Some of the examples on the pages for FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, UnfortunateImplications, and other related tropes can dip into this when people start reading too deeply into things. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Please don't list anything specific, alright]]?
* The online comics community scans_daily is probably more famed for this than for anything else, with a long list of rules that is dedicated almost solely to how not to offend anybody (and thus get banned), with the rules for posting comics as almost an afterthought.
* Website/{{Reddit}} has the Shit Reddit Says "fempire", which mostly collects misogynist sayings on Reddit, but polices language in its own community, much like scans_daily. Rule number one is [[SelfDeprecation "don't break the circlejerk"]]: if you don't know why it's offensive, they're not going to explain it to you... rudely. ("I'm not here to educate you" is a common saying in social justice activism.)
* ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'' has a few example of customers becoming angry when someone uses a culture-specific term for a holiday (Merry Christmas), rather than a politically correct general term (Happy Holidays). It sometimes happens in reverse when highly religious customers become furious when someone says something ''other'' than their culture-specific term (Wishing Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas).
** [[http://notalwaysworking.com/a-rebel-with-too-many-causes/27078 This]] ''Website/NotAlwaysWorking'' post. It's about an OpinionOverride incident where the co-worker doesn't even get the race of the guy she's being offended for right.
** Inverted [[http://notalwaysright.com/cultural-diversity-is-a-dora-ble/1737 here.]] A customer was upset there wasn't a [[RaceLift Caucasian]] WesternAnimation/{{Dora| The Explorer}} [[EverythingsBetterWithPlushies plushie]]. So upset, she demanded to get a white Dora, until the employee says they don't make those. Then she just leaves and says she'll take her business elsewhere.
* ''Website/{{Fanlore}}'' has an extensive article about [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/RaceFail_%2709 Race Fail 2009]], and numerous examples of social justice arguments in specific fandoms.
* {{Deconstructed}} in a [[http://neil-gaiman.tumblr.com/post/43087620460/i-was-reading-a-book-about-interjections-oddly blog post]] by Creator/NeilGaiman, in which he observes that the more accurate term for declining to insult people for their culture or skin color is not "Political Correctness" but simply "Treating Other People With Respect." He proposed that replacing the phrase in your head would be "peculiarly enlightening."
--> "I know what you’re thinking now. You’re thinking 'Oh my god, that’s treating other people with respect gone mad!'"
** Internet users promptly created browser extensions to do just that, transforming headlines into howlers such as "The real danger of treating people with respect", "Treating people with respect is fueling homegrown extremism," and "NC senator compares treating people with respect to [[GodwinsLaw Nazi book burnings]]."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts have been victims of this for a long time. Many older shorts are sprinkled with content no longer considered suitable for children (even though children are most likely not even going to understand what they're seeing, and at worst will probably just [[AccidentalNightmareFuel become frightened at the stereotyped characters' grotesque appearances]]), which means that some scenes get cut and leave the overall effect pretty disjointed. Others are never shown on kids TV at all anymore, only to adults who seek them out and are assumed to be able to understand the context they were written in. Even worse, segments that poke fun at ''white'' ethnic groups do not get cut, even though it's acknowledged that they're also insulting.
** The DVD releases for most of the older (pre-1960s) animated shorts now come with a disclaimer regarding how such racist overtones were once acceptable behavior, but the publishing company is only including it to be accurate.
** WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales was a victim of this, as his cartoons were taken off the air for many years due to the idea that Mexicans would find the stereotyping offensive. The irony of it all is that [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales a whole lot of Mexicans actually LOVE Speedy]], and a few years and several petitions later, he's back on the air.
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' is often accused of this, but it actually wasn't that bad - although it did feature a ''very'' bowdlerized PoliticallyCorrectHistory (albeit with a PoliticallyIncorrectVillain).
** And that's ''with'' Lakotah activist Russell Means on board -- both he and Irene Bedard (Inupiat) were allowed to make script changes.
** One of the main songs, "Savages" was so offensive it sparked hatred from Native American audiences. Despite the fact it was said by the man who was clearly the villain from the very start and they were still offended says something about the song's content. [[DoubleStandard The fact that the song had an]] ''[[DoubleStandard equally]]'' [[UnfortunateImplications offensive verse about the white settlers didn't seem to bother anybody, though]]...
* When MTV and the Disney Channel aired ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' cartoon in the late 80s, they left out the first season opening due to a scene where Ringo fools a bunch of screaming girls by impersonating a Chinaman. Several episodes that had ethnic stereotypes (Arabic, Mexican and Japanese, mainly) were left out as well.

!!Political correctness being parodied:

* Audi used this in their [[http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-6186859-503544.html?tag=untagged Green Police Ads]]. Essentially the gestapo in smart cars. Predictably, many environmentalists were offended and claimed that the ad had UnfortunateImplications, apparently not realizing that it was just a gag.
* Virgin Mobile used this in their advertisements during the winter of 2007-2008 to celebrate [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73vcbde8Cb8 Chrismahanukwanzakah]].
-->'''Everyone:''' Whose faith is the right one, it's anybody's guess.\\
'''Man in turban and Santa suit holding up a phone:''' What matter most is camera phone for twenty dollar less!
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35U4t8yaZDo Snickers]] had a football team being blessed before the big game by about twenty different holy men, a priest, a rabbi, an American Indian shaman, etc, all in the name of Political Correctness, with the implication this was going to take all afternoon.
* Hilariously mocked in Saturday Night Live's fake advertisement for "[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2d1wnx_snl-asian-american-doll_fun Asian American Doll]]". The doll was made after a lot of "sensitivity meetings", she comes with a bland outfit, no name, a useless pull string, an empty dollhouse, and only two accessories (a puppy and a chef's hat). The girl in the commercial keeps coming up with a stereotype for the doll, like asking if she can help her with her homework, calling her Kiko, adding an Oriental rug to her house, and wondering if she can eat the puppy.
-->'''Announcer:''' It's Asian American Doll, we made her from a place of fear! (''gong sound effect'') I specifically said no gong!

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' OVA "Paint It White" is about a race of aliens who use light to change everyone into gray emotionless faceless humanoid creatures, in an attempt to get them to stop fighting and pouting. They set up a base with OffModel versions of several countries' famous landmarks around it.
* ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'' runs on this. The setting is Japan with exaggerated obscenity laws where everything vulgar from {{Fanservice}} to medical terms is censored (and enforced by making everyone wear special chokers and wristbands [[BigBrotherIsWatchingYou that alert the authorities to any obscene words, writings or drawings,]]) no one knows how babies are born and the main character does not know the concepts of Lust or Lewdness. The chief architect of this system makes it her goal in life to "remove all that is dirty from the world." This trope is also an opinion in-universe, one held by an obscenity terrorist who's alter ego Blue Snow wears panties on her head ([[ShamelessFanserviceGirl and little else]]) who wants to take these laws down by placing porn everywhere.
* Because of their physical differences, the world of ''Manga/ACentaursLife'' is plagued with a history of even worse racism and violence than our own. The races seem to live together in peace now (with the exception of some of the more "exotic" or isolated races), but the anti-racism laws are so strict that, for example, riding a centaur is a hate crime even if the centaur is the one offering, and all magical girls shows must include magical girls of every race with the main character changing every episode. Society even stresses "unity" over individuality.

* Creator/RussellPeters has a piece where he's playing Bla... oh, sorry, African-Americanjack.
* Creator/LarryTheCableGuy did a routine where he translated ''Twas The Night Before Christmas'' into PC-speak. [[SantaClaus Non-Denominational Holiday Figure's]] trademark "ho ho ho" was replaced with "lady-of-the-evening lady-of-the-evening lady-of-the-evening"
** It was a regular feature on Blue Collar TV. He also had Snow Caucasian and the Seven Handy Capable Little Persons (including Mood-Enhanced Little Person, Slightly Mentally Impaired Little Person, and Little Person in Need of Anger Management, among others), Vertically-Challenged Native American Riding Hood, and The Tortoise and the Hare and the Non-Competitive Fun Run. There were a few others, but I can't remember their titles. All versions lampshade this trope endlessly.
* Bill Bailey: "[...] and a feminist jumped out of a manhole and she didn't like ''that''".
* British comic Stewart Lee [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmsV1TuESrc does a brilliant routine defending political correctness]] by discussing how insisting "political correctness has gone mad" has lost meaning due to people using it as a [[TheWarOnStraw Strawman]] for everything they disagree with:
-->[On his Nan abusing the term to confusion] "In the old days, you could get your head and you could submerge it in a vat of boiling acid, and now they're going 'Oh, don't do that, what if Jews see it? It'll annoy the Jews'."
* Robin Williams, in reference to people complaining about mentioning God in the Pledge of Allegiance, suggested, "How about, 'One Nation, under Canada, over Mexico'!"
* During Creator/JeffDunham's [[ChristmasSpecial Very Special Christmas Special]], this exchange with Achmed the Dead Terrorist (who is trying to sneak into the United States [[PaperThinDisguise wearing a Santa hat]]) happens, all {{lampshade|Hanging}}d:
-->'''Jeff:''' Your disguise is this Christmas hat?\\
'''Achmed:''' [[InsistentTerminology No! Don't say "Christmas"! It's a]] ''[[InsistentTerminology holiday]]'' [[InsistentTerminology hat.]]\\
'''Jeff:''' Why can't I say "Christmas"?\\
'''Achmed:''' You offend the other infidels.\\
'''Jeff:''' You're afraid of offending people.\\
'''Achmed:''' [[EvenEvilHasStandards Yeah.]]\\
'''Jeff:''' But you're a terrorist. You kill people.\\
'''Achmed:''' That's different.\\
'''Jeff:''' What?\\
'''Achmed:''' Killing folks is easy. Being politically correct is a pain in the ass.
** And earlier, with Walter:
-->'''Jeff:''' So, Walter, Happy Holidays!
-->'''Walter:''' *beat* You're ''really'' going to do this, huh?
-->'''Jeff:''' So, Walter, Happy Holidays!
-->'''Walter:''' Screw you, it's Merry Christmas!
* Dara O'Briain has a routine in one of his stand-up shows in which he describes receiving a letter of complaint from a gay-rights campaign after making a joke about Elton John writing the score for a musical version of ''Film/BillyElliot'' because "he saw a little of himself ''in'' Billy Elliot", which accused him of contributing to "a culture of violence against gay men." It's played with in that O'Briain, while clearly finding their specific accusation a bit ludicrous ("their previous target was Robert Mugabe ... and now ''me''."), initially describes his defensive reaction before conceding that the complaint had a point, he had no real defence for it and as an Irishman he's benefited quite a bit from increased politically correct attitudes so really doesn't have much cause to complain about them. He also goes on to point out that a lot of typical defences of politically incorrect material from stand-up comedians such as "civil rights, comedy's obligation to say the difficult thing and freedom of speech" tend to sound a bit lofty and pretentious for what are, most of the time, basically dick jokes.
** In another show, he discussed religious people who kept coming up to him after he made jokes about Catholics and Protestants for being "too scared" to make jokes about Muslims instead. Dara pointed out that the real reason that he didn't make jokes about Muslims was that neither he nor his likely audience [[SmallReferencePools actually]] ''[[SmallReferencePools knew]]'' [[SmallReferencePools anything about Muslims]], so even if he was to make a brilliant joke about Islam most of the people in the audience wouldn't get it anyway.
* While joking about her experiences in the DeepSouth, Rene Hicks stated that she doesn't respond to the N-Word, as she prefers "Mahogany-American". She immediately jokes that all the white people in the audience were probably looking around going "Did they change their name ''again''!?"

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* For a brief period in ''ComicBook/XFactor,'' humans were known as "genetically challenged" or "geecees" for short. The character who coined the phrase was being funny, but it still caught on...
* Wet Blanket from ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' personifies this trope. Strangely, working together with supervillains is no problem for him.
* The character Carla Cortez represents this trope in the independent comic ''ComicBook/DruidCity''. Carla is a leftist StrawFeminist who campaigns to change the meaning of words or to discourage others from using them. She once lobbied to changed the name of Asperger's Syndrome, and protests that female cockroaches should be renamed vaginaroaches. She often chooses to support these causes to the detriment of more pressing leftist causes.
* The Dutch series ''De Familie Doorzon'' regularly has fun with this. When you have a family consisting of on one side a conservative right-wing father and his Surinam-born son-in-law, and on the other side a tree-hugging stuck-in-the-seventies left-wing mother, an overly sensitive gay son and a DropInCharacter who's been filling all kinds of NewAge roles it's difficult not to. In one joke they try to redefine the Saint Nicholas tradition to be "non-racist" (Black Pete is now an "allochtonous compagnion"), non-denominational ("Friend Nicholas" instead of Saint Nicholas), environmentally friendly (uses a water-bike instead of a steam boat) and non-repressive (naughty kids don't get punished but receive "intensive guidance").
* One of the early issues of the ''ComicBook/HeroesReborn'' ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' series has a scene where a ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} agent mentions that there are some people who are upset with the lack of racial diversity in the Avengers line-up. ComicBook/NickFury scoffs at this and proceeds to insult anyone who would actually hold such an opinion, even though [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall diversity continues to be a hot button issue in comics to this day]].
* An issue of ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' had ComicBook/BlackCanary chastise a Manhunter android by saying that it should have changed its name to "Personhunter", which would have been gender neutral.
* One of the ''[[ComicBook/TheUltimates Ultimate Avengers]]'' mini-series has a scene where the second Comicbook/BlackWidow refers her teammate Tyrone as an "African-American", despite the fact that he comes from England. Comicbook/WarMachine points this out and says that there's nothing offensive about calling him black, but Widow states that it still makes her uncomfortable and asks if "African-English" would be more appropriate.
* In ''Hawkeye'' 17, Clint Barton has a dream based on the fictional ''Winter Friends'' cartoon, starring superheroes based on winter holidays: Yaldog, Santalope, Menorable, Kwanzaagator, Rama-in-Pajamas, and Samantha Hain, the Pagan Princess. The ''Winter Friends'' theme song goes: "Wintertime's the best/Better than the rest/Snowball fights, shining lights, and multidenomnational, pantheistic, all-inclusive seasonal fests."
* In ''ComicBook/GorskyAndButch'', the main characters end up in medieval times and are accused of being "black mages". Gorsky (the black one) complains that it's racist, while a footnote states that, in politically correct language, the proper word would be "African-American mages".

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* An old strip from ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'' had the King of Id threatening to imprison anyone caught telling ethnic jokes. When one of his guards quips "We don't have a Chinaman's chance of making that stick," the next panel shows said guard in the dungeon.
* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' did this now and then; there were strips where characters accused Band-Aid and Crayola for being involved in White Supremacist conspiracies, because their "racially insensitive" flesh-colored bandages and crayons were only "flesh-colored" from a Caucasian's point of view.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The movie ''Film/{{PCU}}'' is a WackyFratboyHijinx film set against the backdrop of a [[StrawmanU I-can't-believe-it's-not-Wesleyan]] college where everybody protests everything. The movie's climax actually had the students ''protest that they were not going to protest''.
* Parodied in ''Film/UndercoverBrother''; the all-black B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D organisation has exactly one white employee, [[Creator/NeilPatrickHarris Lance]] (who is stereotypically "white" -- i.e nerdy, uncool and lame), who only has his job there because of affirmative action. He's often heard complaining about their politically incorrect attitudes towards ''him''.
-->'''Lance:''' Always trying to shut the white man down.\\
'''Conspiracy Brother:''' THAT'S RIGHT! That's Right!... Oh, that ain't right.
* In the remake of the film ''Film/TheLadykillers'', one of the characters (a foul-mouthed, "gangsta" black teen) is fired for hitting on a female customer. When he hears he's fired, he says his boss is doing it because he's black. The entire cleaning staff is black, and the guy doesn't fall for it until they bribe him.
* In Creator/DmitryPuchkov's GagDub of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Return of The King'', Arwen insists on calling elves "Elven-Americans" to be PC. Elrond immediately corrects it to "Elven-Newzealander", considering where the movie was filmed.
* In the French film ''Le Placard'' (''The Closet''), a {{salaryman}} learns that he's about to be downsized. On the advice of his neighbor, he allows "proof" that he's gay (he's not) to reach his office, reasoning that the bosses will never dare to fire an employee who's just been outed, because it would look like discrimination.
* In ''Film/RoboCop2'', [=RoboCop=] is revamped to be a more politically-correct role model by having over two hundred directives installed in his brain to teach "pro-social" messages (as defined by a committee). It drives him effectively insane. This may or may not be a TakeThat towards the reaction real-world MoralGuardians had towards the first movie.
** It did more than drive him insane. It made him incapable of stopping a crime in progress because he was compelled to morally educate the criminals first. Naturally, the criminals simply continued doing what they were doing during his speech and made off with their loot.
* In ''Film/HotFuzz'', Sgt. Angel is such a ByTheBookCop that he constantly interrupts his fellow officers to insert correct terminology ("police service" because "police force" is too aggressive, "staffing" instead of "manpower" because it's not fair to the female police, et cetera)
** Inverted with his use of "traffic ''collision''" instead of "accident" since [[{{Foreshadowing}} "accident implies there's no one to blame"]].
** And towards the end of the film, he lightens up when "staffing" is brought up, and makes an off-color comment about the female police officer "enjoying a bit of manpower." It should be noted that this officer had been making off-color comments in reference to herself the whole movie, and laughingly calls Angel a "cheeky monkey/dirty bastard."
** Also parodied with the Sanford Police Station's swearbox, where the list of words the coppers have to pay to say is bowdlerized with asterisks, except for [[CountryMatters the worst of them]].
* In ''Film/{{Bruno}}'', Creator/SachaBaronCohen trolls a black talk show audience by, among other things, describing Africa as being full of "African-Americans" [[note]] a term that is ''very'' politically correct, especially since the analogous terms "European-American" and "Asian-American" are hardly ever used in casual conversation [[/note]] and, when corrected, insisting that "Africans" is an offensive term.
* ''Film/DemolitionMan'' takes place in a strange future where everything improper has been completely scrubbed out of society, including anything that could possibly be offensive or harmful. This includes guns, sex, swearing, booze, caffeine, contact sports, chocolate, meat products and non-educational children's toys.
* ''Blackboard Jungle'' has the teacher of a notoriously troublemaking class demonstrate how hurtful their use of slurs can be. One of the students then tries to get him in trouble by reporting him for using those words in class, deliberately leaving out the context. Luckily, the teacher is quickly believed when he explains the truth.

* Creator/KurtVonnegut:
** In the short story ''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.
*** Whether Vonnegut was parodying the attitudes of equality activists or those of the people who complain about such efforts is a matter of debate, since both sides are presented as part of the WarOnStraw.
** In ''Literature/TheSirensOfTitan'', the Church of God the Utterly Indifferent has people handicap themselves so that everybody is equal--for instance, a good runner always carries a heavy bag to slow him down, or somebody with good eyesight wears glasses that nearly blind him.
* In the atheist-ruled world of ''Soon'' by Jerry Jenkins, Christmas has been replaced by 'Wintermas'. Apparently Jenkins felt that having 'Christ' in the world would have offended the StrawAtheist world government but the word 'mas(s)' is left untouched.
* Some ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels feature the Campaign for Equal Heights, who protest about using terms like "short weight", and insist employers should hire three dwarfs for every two humans because humans are half again as tall. Most of their campaigners are human; dwarfs are baffled by the whole thing. (And if they ''do'' feel insulted by humans, they can make their feelings quite clear without any help, except possibly a battleaxe. Generally, though, a dwarf will answer such insults by outworking a human, making better stuff, getting more money, and buying his business out from under him.)
** There is also at least one human who has renamed himself Strong-in-the-arm and cranked up his prices because "Dwarf Made" is a synonym for quality. The Campaign for Equal Heights can't complain because it would require them to draw attention to his height as a disqualifying point.
** There are also the "differently alive" (''not'' "undead") like vampires (hereditary) and banshees, not the same as "living impaired" for those who have died but are still walking around, or "vitally challenged" (''not'' "dead") persons. Except in rare instances that those who have died and ''aren't'' walking around are considered lazy by people who should really know better (Reg Shoe, mostly). There was also, for a brief time, a group of humans who wanted to protect troll rights. Trolls never joined, because they thought they already had plenty of rights, what with being multi-ton masses of living stone.
* In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'' and continuing on afterward, Hermione founds [[FunWithAcronyms S.P.E.W.]] in order to free the house elves from slavery. The majority of the characters roll their eyes at this, suggesting that Hermione is taking it too far. It's later revealed that even the elves are against it, since they [[HappinessInSlavery enjoy serving others]]. Dobby later tells Hermione that the house elves appreciate her sentiment and that she's thinking of their well-being, but what they don't appreciate is that she was trying to ''trick'' them into accepting clothing against their will, making them regard her as something of a WellIntentionedExtremist.
** Latter subverted when it's suggested that the S.P.E.W. ideals motivated some house-elves to participate in the Battle of Hogwarts, and Harry attempting to be nice to Kreacher prompts the elf to tell him about [[spoiler: the location of a horcrux]]. It's implied that Hermione has shifted her stance over time, however, as her understanding of the house-elf psyche has improved--she isn't calling for Harry to free Kreacher (as she might have in the previous two books, especially ''Phoenix''); rather, she merely suggests that Harry treat Kreacher well.
* A story by Creator/ConnieWillis called ''Ado'', in which a high school student was trying to get her fellow classmates to read Shakespeare's plays while increasingly bizarre censorship blanked out the text entirely. For example, one group got Polonius's death in Hamlet censored because "curtains don't kill people, people kill people." Moreover Interflora wanted the scene where Ophelia is gathering flowers removed because it reflected badly on flowers. In the end [[spoiler: only the very first scene between the guards complaining about the cold night was left. It was short some lines to boot]].
* ''Literature/{{Incompetence}}'' by Creator/RobGrant is set in a future United States of Europe where (based on actual laws proposed in France) it is illegal to discriminate against candidates for employment not only on the grounds of gender, age, race or creed, but on ''actual ability to do the job'', with predictable results.
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%%** ''Magazine/{{MAD}},'' appropriately enough, had an article like this wherein at the close of the article one person got to join the NBA despite being ''dead'', and the horrible circus accident where a six-foot-tall "midget" clown suffocated inside a clown car along with his three-foot-tall co-workers because of being hired via affirmative action.
* A trio of "children's books" called ''Literature/PoliticallyCorrectBedtimeStories'' take this trope and run wild with it, to the point of parody and [[FracturedFairyTale turning the old classics into something new and amusing in their own right]]. Ant and the Grasshopper? Ant gets arrested for illegal stockpiling. Princess and the Pea? The "Princess" turns out to be a medium who channels many different spirits, which makes for interesting mealtimes at the castle. Little Mermaid? The rescued prince ends up getting a genetic procedure done so that he becomes half-man, half-prawn, instead of her going to live up with him. And then there was the "Politically Correct Alphabet"...
* Though this is never explicitly stated, it's likely that this played a role in the development of the UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans society of ''Literature/TheGiver''. Even ''color'' is eliminated. Not just skin color -- ''all'' color except black, grey and white. And couples don't actually reproduce through intercourse, but are assigned exactly two children (children are born to specifically designated Birth Mothers who are never seen) and every citizen begins taking medication during puberty to suppress "[[NoSexAllowed the Stirrings]]".
* There is a story called ''[[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/24302/24302-h/24302-h.htm The Highest Treason]]'' by Creator/RandallGarrett on a future human society where you cannot say that one man can be better than another in ''anything'', promotion is strictly according to age, and that society is quickly losing a war against aliens. So, the protagonist, as a desperate patriot, [[spoiler: joins the enemy, helps them conquer a planet, and [[ZeroApprovalGambit slaughters the people there, showing humanity that one person can be ''worse'']] than another]]. In the end, humanity is victorious, and their philosophy is now that one man cannot be better than another in ''everything,'' but everybody is better than the rest of humanity at ''something''.
* The backstory of ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' gives this as the reason for the censorship and banning of virtually all printed literature. WordOfGod states his point was television dumbing down people too much so they banned books because thinking become too strenuous. Guess he should have focused on the dumbness part more.
* The second ''OddThomas'' book, ''Forever Odd'', has a hand in this. The Pico Mundo high school football team used to be called the Braves. Someone got it into their head that this offended the Native Americans in the area and so the school was forced to change their name to the Gila Monsters. They call themselves the Monsters, though, saving some embarrassment. The really stupid thing about this? ''None of the Indians were complaining.'' TruthInTelevision since most of the complaints for Indians aren't made by Indians. In fact, when the Smithsonian "Museum of the American Indian" opened, a petition quickly pulled up to change it to "Native American". It was quashed by a request from none other than the Muscogee High Chief.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40SFqadRTQ0 This video]] explains why a lot of Indians ''support'' the name "Redskins", associating it as a term of pride.
* In Creator/JasperFforde's ''Literature/TheEyreAffair'', Acheron (the villain) insists he's ''differently moraled.''
* In the Swedish YA novel ''Omin Hammbe i Slättköping'', Omin (a black kid, in fact the only kid in town who isn't purely ethnic Swedish) performs a prank with two friends at school. When he is exempt from punishment because the headmaster is afraid of looking racist, he gets very angry because the treatment is racist in itself: is the headmaster saying he can't be hold responsible for what he does because he is black (i.e., he's stupid)? That he cannot take detention because he is from Africa? He insists on going through with detention.
* Spoofed in a Harry Potter parody series named ''Barry Trotter''. When Barry receives an ugly pair of pajamas from his children on his birthday, he comments to himself that they are "Gay with a side order of retarded." A [[RunningGag footnote]] then adds: Or to be more politically correct, "These pajamas practice an alternative lifestyle and have special needs."
* In Kage Baker's ''Literature/TheCompanyNovels'', in the future alcohol, tobacco, sugar, chocolate, meat, fish, dairy... pretty much everything even remotely "bad for you" or involving possible discomfort to any animal, is illegal. Sex is being phased out as well.
* In Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', Donovan uses this ironically, addressing [[spoiler:a rock -- excuse me, {{Silicon Based Life}}form.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** A large banner in the Magic Shop reminds everyone that Christmas, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa & [[FamousFamousFictional Gurnenthar's Ascendance]] are coming.
** In "Pangs", several characters (most notably Willow) are ambivalent about fighting a Native American spirit seeking revenge due to the atrocities committed against his people, despite the fact that he's ''killing'' innocent people who had nothing to do with said atrocities. It takes an epic TheReasonYouSuck speech from Spike to goad them into action.
** Buffy is arguing with Angel, saying she can't trust him because he's a vampire. When Angel takes offense, she snarks, "I'm sorry, should I have said Undead American?"
** Ethan Rayne is giving the WeUsedToBeFriends speech to Giles, who points out that [[CardCarryingVillain Ethan now worships Chaos]]. Ethan replies, "Oh, religious intolerance."
** Buffy's Watcher informs her she can't leave Sunnydale to go to college, being TheChosenOne. Buffy whines, "You can't just define me by my Slayerness! That's... [[BuffySpeak Something-ism]]."
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''
** Wesley once appeared with a black eye after saving a pair of power walkers from being devoured by a Hacklar demon. The injury wasn't inflicted by the demon.
-->'''Wesley''': Apparently she felt I'd disrespected the Hacklar's culture by killing it.
** In the fifth season Harmony proves to be extremely accepting of cultural differences, arguing in defense of a cultural imperative to dismember virgins, and bringing a live camel into the office so Angel could slaughter it and offer pieces of it to their clients. Of course, she doesn't have a soul.
** Season one had an episode called "Sense and Sensitivity" which gleefully parodied this trope. A demon used magic to cause the L.A.P.D. to become politically correct beyond the point of lunacy, not only in order to control them, but to cause general mayhem. In a day, all the police are "sharing their feelings", that is, babbling incoherently and pathetically about all the injustice and pain in the world, and showing weakness and an aversion to violence in front of hardened criminals. The entire precinct is almost overrun.
** Then we have Angel's own BerserkButton regarding the politically correct attitude thinking that vampires sleep in coffins - it's actually an offensive stereotype that seemingly originated solely from [[ItsAllAboutMe Dracula's]] own weirdness, and doesn't remotely apply to anyone else.
* In an episode of ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', Archie did this intentionally. When a black man said that Hispanic people tended to avoid birth control, Archie responded, "Well ain't that the black calling the kettle pot?"
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** There was an episode where Elliot had apparently been practically assaulted for singing "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" at a karaoke, and outright told she, as a white person, could never try to sing that song. At the end of the episode she does again and is given a murderous look by a black doctor.
** Another episode featured JD on a first date with his new girlfriend (who is black). During the date they end up at the hospital and JD orders a resident to do something trivial before laughing about it...
-->'''JD''': It's so great because the residents are practically our slaves.\\
'''In JD's head''': Ah! I just said "slave" to my new, black girlfriend!
** A similar thing occurs when Turk's brother comes to visit, and he makes Turk sleep on the couch while he takes Turk's bed, justifying it because he paid for Turk's medical school.
--> '''JD:''' We should, like, make him be our personal slave.
--> '''Turk's Brother:''' Our personal what now?
--> '''JD:''' Uh, I didn't mean-
--> '''Turk's Brother:''' How about this? How about he be the house slave, and I be the field slave. That sound like fun to you?
--> '''JD:''' No, that doesn't sound fun at all.
--> '''Turk:''' What's going on?
--> '''Turk's Brother:''' I forgot how much fun it was messing with Alfalfa here!
** In another episode, Dr. Cox's black friend angrily tells JD, who uses the word "black" that that correct term is "African-American". The confused and a little scared JD tries to tell him that Turk lets him use such terms with him, only for the guy to loudly wonder who this Turk guy is. After JD runs away, Cox congratulates his friend on using the "angry black guy" act, and the guy immediately drops it.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock''
** In one episode, Liz discovered that she simply could not tell her black date that she disliked him as a person without being MistakenForRacist. At the end of the episode, the following conversation is set to inspirational music:
-->'''Liz''': Can't one human being not like another human being? Can't we all just not get along?\\
'''Steven''': Liz, I wish it could be like that. And maybe someday our children or our children's children will hate each other like that, but it just doesn't work that way today.\\
'''Liz''': So what you're saying is that any woman that doesn't like you is a racist.\\
'''Steven''': No, no, no, no, no. Some women are gay.
** In an episode with Creator/SalmaHayek, her character says that she is Puerto Rican, which Jack thinks is an ethnic slur ("No, I know [[NWordPrivileges you can say that]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgxv-L8C4H4 but what do I call you?]]") Multiple characters comment that it "just sounds wrong".
* In the first episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Earl refers to a gay man as "gay", then to avoid offending him follows up with, "Sorry... Homosexual-American?"
* ''Series/ATouchOfFrost'' has Detective Frost wincing every time he accidentally uses a phrase like 'keeping in the black' in front of his black coworker. She eventually tells him that he doesn't need to alter the English language for her.
** Another episode has Frost make racist comments about a new black officer, but only when [[DaChief Mullet]] is around. Just to screw with him.
* Thoroughly parodied in the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''SantaClaus'' with the song, [[https://youtu.be/MioTYWrsVHQ "Merry Christmas... If That's Okay"]].
** COMPLETELY subverted in the actual episode, with Santa's multicultural montage of his helpers.
** Also parodied in ''Film/TrackOfTheMoonBeast'':
---> Paul: I just blacked out.
---> Mike: Uhh, excuse me, you ''African-Americaned'' out.
* An episode of ''Series/TheThinBlueLine'' parodied this, with Fowler ordered to get everyone at the station up to standard on political correctness. He makes a series of embarrassingly awful attempts to express enlightened views about race, gender and sexuality: "That would be the pot calling the kettle ... er ... African-American!" Even more absurd in that the series is set in Britain.
* The main schtick of Dean Pelton on ''Series/{{Community}}'' (aside from being not-so AmbiguouslyGay) is going overboard with political correctness. In the first Christmas episode he dresses up as "Non-Denominational Mr. Winter" and wishes people a "Merry Happy" and in the second, the college has designated "religious expression zones" with Christmas trees and menorahs cordoned off with yellow tape.
** In an attempt to create a school mascot with no features anyone could identify as stereotypically of a specific race, they ended up with a grey skinned, UncannyValley dwelling horror known as the [[http://community-sitcom.wikia.com/wiki/Greendale_Human_Being?file=Human_Being.jpeg Greendale Human Being."]]
** The SeriesFinale, which had each character pitching their idea for a hypothetical Season 7, showed that even the Dean has his limits on political correctness when Britta's pitch erases almost his entire personality for the sake of turning him into a [[TokenMinority token transgender character]].
* One [[Series/SaturdayNightLive MacGruber]] skit involved [=MacGruber=] being sent to learn about being racially sensitive after accidentally insulting an assistant, an African-American guy. [=MacGruber=] takes it so much to heart, he can't even say the names of ''colors'' like black or yellow (an insulting name for Asian people). Unfortunately, that's not the end of it.
* The sketch-comedy ''Series/AlmostLive'' did a lot of good-natured sending up of political correctness, especially as it related to Seattle's liberal reputation and culture. One such [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udxh5mPsZw4 sketch is linked here]].
* ''Series/NoReservations, Series/AceOfCakes,'' and ''Series/DirtyJobs'' did [[ChristmasEpisode Generic Holiday Episodes]]; [[TallDarkAndSnarky Anthony Bourdane and Mike Rowe]] did endless {{lampshading}}. When Duff & Co. made a cake for ''No Reservations''[='s=] holiday feast, they included all the holiday symbols.
* When Dick discovered white guilt on ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'': "Angel food cake is white, devil's food cake black! Who gets to make the first move in chess? The white guys!"
* From ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
** The whole idea behind the Festivus pole.
** The "The Cigar Store Indian" episode has Jerry insulting his Native American girlfriend with the eponymous item, and spending the rest of the episode struggling with things like telling her he made a "reservation" at a restaurant. He offends an Asian mailman by asking where a good Chinese restaurant is, not noticing he was Chinese at first and figuring that as a mailman he'd know the neighborhood. She eventually dumps him when she gives him something and then tries to take it back and he stops himself a little too late from calling her an Indian giver.
** Episode [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Outing The Outing]]. A reporter overhears Elaine joking about Jerry and George being gay. The spend the rest of the episode vehemently denying being gay, but always interceding with "Not that there's anything wrong with that."
* ''Series/XPlay'' wishes all of its viewers a "Happy Non-Denominational Winter Season". The winter shows with this theme tend to depict the hosts with a forced air of polite cheer and [[INeedAFreakingDrink vodka in place of their cocoa]].
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' had a segment where Jon spoke to two people on his news team: Al Madrigal and Jessica Williams. The two of them said they felt sorry for white men because they actually have to work hard in order to become successful, while minorities like the two of them don't have to do any work at all and just get everything handed to them through affirmative action. Jessica said that as a [[TwoferTokenMinority black woman]], she is particularly privileged. All she has to do is mail a picture of herself to a university and they mail her back a diploma.
** Also parodied in a RunningGag regarding a scandal involving a vacation home presidential candidate Rick Perry used to frequent ([[UnfortunateNames which was called Niggerhead]])- Jon was not allowed to say it, so he had to play a clip of [[NWordPrivileges black presidential candidate Herman Cain saying it instead]].
* An unfortunate case in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', in which Malcolm is reported for using "The R word," the joke being that it's impossible to tell what the word actually is. Trouble is, since the episode aired, "retard" has been designated as an offensive slur.
* Episode 3 of ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' has a scene where Santiago is speaking to a group of at-risk teens, and does an impression of a drug dealer. When one of the kids disgustedly asks why her impression sounds like a black kid, she quickly asserts that her fictional drug dealer is ''not'' black, at which point Gina then asks Santiago why she thinks black people are too incompetent to sell drugs.
* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' had sketches starring the incredibly offensive superhero Captain Todger, who is about every kind of -ist as well as an all-round tosser (literally, according to him) fighting against the supervillain General Drayfox, who is his perfect foil and, hence, embodies this trope wholeheartedly.
--> '''General Drayfox:''' Let him kneel before me! ''Unless'' of course he is an orthodox Jew and has an issue with kneeling for religious reasons, in which case I'll be happy for him to pay his obeisance in whatever way he finds culturally appropriate. [[EvilLaugh Muahahahaha]]!
** In another episode, a behind-the-scenes moment after a sketch revealing David Mitchell wearing a burka had Robert Webb worriedly musing about whether they were on the right side of political correctness. As he was removing the burka, David reassured him that he was overthinking things... only to reveal that he was wearing black-face under the burka.
* ''Series/CornerGas'': Davis is sent to sensitivity training for telling DumbBlonde jokes around Karen (who is blonde), and comes back so politically correct that Karen immediately finds him insufferable and [[WeWantOurJerkBack wants him to go back to the way he was]]. For example, when Karen orders black coffee, Davis corrects her by saying "African-American!". [[CanadaEh The show isn't even set in America.]]
* 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."

* "Politically Correct Christmas" by Metropolitan Melinda
* "Happy Whatever You're Having" by the Therapy Sisters
* "A Christmas/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Chanukkah/Ramadan/Boxing Day Song" by Christine Lavin & the Mistletones
* "Happy Christmahanavaloween" by Melanie Safka:
--> One greeting card to cover everything
--> Confusing yes, no one will guess
--> We left out Kwanzaa!
* The Capitol Steps parodied "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" as "You Don't Bring Me Floriculturally Diverse Polyfragrant Soilistically Challenged Multipetaled Victims of Pesticidal Food Chain Chauvinism," in which the stamen is renamed "stay-person."
* Creator/StanFreberg did this back in 1957, when he sang (purportedly at the insistence of a MoralGuardian) "''Elderly'' Man River"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLlTlYfqQV4]], with political correctness and proper grammar and pronunciation -- i.e., ridiculously {{Bowdleriz|ation}}ed.
-->He doesn't plant taters -- ''[[VerbalBackspace potatoes]]''\\
He doesn't plant cotton -- ''[[RuleOfFunny cotting]]''[[note]]The censor had previously objected to him leaving the 'g' off the end of "nothin'" but doesn't object to correcting these into incorrect words, ironically.[[/note]]\\
And them's -- ''these'' -- ''those'' that plant them\\
Are soon [[RuleOfFunny forgotting]]...
** Upon coming to the "you get a little drunk, and you land in..." line he gives up.
* "Alternative Tango" by Victoria Wood, in which she comes up with a number of different euphemism for her insult of choice, which has now been banned.
* A Capella group Straight No Chaser's "Christmas Can-Can"; in the second verse one singer complains, "It's not fair if you're Jewish," and then breaks into the Dreidel Song("Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay,"). During the second verse he flatly states, "I'm gonna go get some Chinese food", before the other singers include him in their song, wishing him a happy Hanukkah(and merry Kwanzaa to their African-American singer).
** Amusingly enough the "Token Jewish Guy" Walter Chase is the one who wrote the song.
* "Uncle Dave's Grace" by Lou and Peter Berryman has the titular character asked to say grace at Thanksgiving dinner, and proceeding to bring everyone down by lamenting all the ways in which the holiday, and modern civilization in general, is a product of exploitation and ecological devastation.
-->We felt so guilty when he was all through\\
It seemed there was one of two things we could do\\
Live without food in the nude in a cave\\
Or next year have someone say grace besides Dave
* ''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.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Lampshaded in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'' when referring to "Blind Pew".
-->'''Rizzo:''' He's some kind of blind fiend!\\
'''Gonzo:''' I believe they prefer "visually challenged fiend"...

* [[http://www.cbc.ca/thisisthat/blog/2013/12/11/watchdog-deems-phrase-happy-holidays-extremely-offensive/index.html This 2013 story]] from the CBC Radio news-parody program ''This Is That'' involves a spokeswoman for a fictional protest group that wants to ban the phrase "happy holidays", on the grounds that it offensively assumes that the recipient is both happy and on holiday.
* In an episode of ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'', a zookeeper complains that giving the sloths motorbikes is political correctness gone mad. When John questions what it has to do with political correctness, she replies "Nothing. That's why it's gone mad. Normally people use 'political correctness gone mad' to mean 'political correctness I don't agree with'. But if political correctness has given a sloth a motorbike, it has ''actually'' gone mad."

* ''Theatre/TheCompleteHistoryOfAmericaAbridged'' includes a politically correct version of "America the Beautiful." Among other alterations to the lyrics, "America" becomes "non-Eurocentric bio-region," and "{{God}}" is replaced with "non-theologically specific supreme being (if she exists)."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* When ''Richard Garriott's VideoGame/TabulaRasa'' was still running, it featured this trope for the holiday season. The AFS referred to it as "Seasonal Holiday Observance" or SHO, where major military bases would sport a "Festive Seasonal Holiday Observance Flora" (Christmas tree), under which soldiers could find "Holiday Hats" (a Santa Claus hat). The political correctness was probably tongue-in-cheek given the overblown military acronym style of the names.
* GrahamNelson's seminal interactive fiction game ''Curses'' used the phrase, "Call a spade a spade." This led to protests from a surprising number of people who thought this was a racist phrase, when in fact it comes from ancient Greek and really does refer to spades.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', this was [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Mination's]] fatal flaw: He refused to wear the Monarch of Crimbo's hat, since the color red is offensive to the colorblind, and the fur trim is offensive to naked mole rats. If you choose to fight Uncle Crimbo and win, he throws that hat on the ground, [[WhatAnIdiot allowing Uncle Crimbo to take it, get his power back, and split Mr. Mination back into his composite elves.]]

* [[MeaningfulName Mr. Butch]] from ''Webcomic/ChoppingBlock'' [[http://choppingblock.org/d/20080111.html objects to some terms]] too.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' conducts a sociological survey on {{double standard}}s -- so [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/02/18/please-check-one Please Check One]] (the inspiration is ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', which involves the killing of zombified Africans, when the main protagonist is white, and his partner is [[ButNotTooBlack Not Too Black]]).
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has a character ([[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-04-08 already established as very Politically Correct]]) exclaiming in fear [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-08-04 "An evil Monkey-American!"]] (the page's name before host overhauling was "Politically Correct to the Bitter End, though Ironically, I Think the Bloodgrem's British").
* ''Webcomic/PicturesForSadChildren'' has a strip in which a father disapproves of his child staring at a man-eating monster because he [[http://picturesforsadchildren.com/index.php?comicID=280 "can't help the way he looks."]]
* A representative for the Giant Disembodied Zombie Heads (one of the basement-dwelling races in ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'') takes offense at being called "undead", preferring the term "undead-''american''".
* As ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' points out, Hasbro folk [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0729.html obviously]] cater to the [[Webcomic/NipAndTuck lizard feminists]].
* A good parody of "preventive groveling" style: AltText Luke Surl added to [[http://www.lukesurl.com/archives/1476 this]] IncrediblyLamePun. And another one [[http://www.lukesurl.com/archives/1461 here]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}'' [[OurTrollsAreDifferent Troll?]] Hardly! [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2002/12/18/ Bridge substructure symbiont.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Bobwhite}}'': During her senior year, Cleo suddenly realizes that she's the only privileged white person in her circle of friends, so she begins apologizing to all her non-WASP friends for any hypothetical times she may have unintentionally oppressed them. Her friends just find it annoying.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' shows us the power of positive thinking: [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2008-06-26 "Victory-challenged", "virtue intolerant", "nutritional over-achiever"]]. On several occasions, Slick can also be seen at the appropriately named "Politically Incorrect Cafe", which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* Kankri from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', as a parody of Website/{{Tumblr}} and the OverlyNarrowSuperlative sect of the LGBT community, overly defines every potential facet of his caste system and tries way too hard to make sure nothing he says offends anyone in the slightest, often asking people for a detailed list of what would offend them before going into [[WallOfText one of his monologues]]. He seems to be [[{{Irony}} blissfully unaware]] that his attitude comes off as incredibly sexist and bigoted to his friends. It gets to his point where he actually [[BitchInSheepsClothing criticizes a mentally-ill person who falls down a lot and has poor coordination for wearing a helmet]] on the grounds that [[SlipperySlopeFallacy it implies that all of the mentally-ill should be forced to wear helmets]]. Another character suggests that [[DeconstructedTrope his political correctness is just a ruse to get away with backhandedly talking about his friends's flaws to their faces]].
** He's also completely failed to notice that his entire society now consists of twelve trolls, and most of them really don't give a damn about the subjects of his speeches. Of course, he may just be ignoring this as it would refute his right to talk on and on at length.
** This goes so far that Karkat (of all people) reflects that, by just shouting everything he thinks in everybody's faces riddled with expletives, he is not just a more honest, but also a more respectful person - he actually tells people what he thinks.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01101.htm the roof has handicapped access because most burglars break in that way.]]
* In an early Stan the Crow strip by ''Webcomic/{{Granitoons}}'', the cartoonist censors anything that sets bad examples to the readers including Stan's corncob which promotes thievery and Farmer Giles' shotgun which promotes violence.
* ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'' takes a potshot at this, in the sequence where [[http://www.errantstory.com/2004-10-13/282 Sarine is explaining about the four elven races]] -- which goes over with [[DeadpanSnarker Ellis]] about as well as one would expect it to.
-->'''Ellis:''' Wouldn't it be easier to call them by stuff that makes sense, like "High Elves," "Wood Elves," "Sea Elves," "Cave Elves"...\\
'''Sarine:''' ... What?\\
'''Ellis:''' No... "cave elves" sounds kinda stupid. How about "Dark Elves"? "Night Elves"? "Black Elves"? "Angry, Disenfranchised Minority Elves"? On second thought, go back to calling them by unpronounceable crap.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Extremely Decent hilariously spoofed this trope in the aptly titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5YDVCAEMXE "That's Offensive"]]. It began with the poker players only being offended by things that many people are offended by (such as the derogatory word "Retarded"), but it quickly got to the point where someone would rant about something they found offensive, only to offend someone else the moment they finished their sentence.
-->'''Dog:''' *barks*\\
* ''Website/ClickHole'' does this, with articles written in the style of Buzzfeed and Upworthy, which are criticized for being patronizing and preachy. For example, the satire article, "[[http://www.clickhole.com/blogpost/lets-have-open-dialogue-about-sexuality-completely-738 Let's Have an Open Dialogue About Sexuality That Completely Validates My Point Of View]]" paraodies what is seen as a flaw in many social justice movements by detractors; an unwillingness to consider other points of views on topics.
* On ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', resident Granola Girl Marzipan hosts a disturbingly politically correct school program called [[FunWithAcronyms L.U.R.N.]] in the Strong Bad Email [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail160.html coloring]]. Students are referred to as "life-blossoms", classes are in a variety of environmentally conscious topics such as "eco-algebra" and "talking to animals", and coloring is done with crayons that have "politically correct" names (like "Crimson Suggestion" for "red") and can't actually be used to color, "[[TallPoppySyndrome so that no one life-blossom shines brighter than any other]]".
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Andy is a sentient bomb, and [[CloudCuckoolander Caboose]] tells everyone to refer to him as an "Explosive-American".
** Don't even get Doc started with this. Any time anyone says anything that could possibly be construed as offensive toward anyone at all, he jumps in with the inane politically correct version. Most notable in one of the holiday specials, where he constantly corrects even himself.
** Sarge, of course, would have nothing to do with it. It doesn't work out well for him.
* "{{Pira|te}}cy" is such a condemning word. How about ''"[[http://wiki.rpg.net/index.php/File:MPost12935-60261929db%2Ejpg pre-emptive nautical salvage experts]]"''?
* Speaking of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', ''[[http://www.cwsargeras.com/ The original]] Scourge [[LogFic Chat Log]]'' had a spider "discriminated against on the basis of his spinal condition" ([[CaptainObvious he hasn't got one]]).
--> '''[=[BlizzardRep]=]''': Phylumism, were it an actual thing, would go against everything we stand for as a corporation.
--> '''[=[An00b’arak]=]''': yes thats what ive been saying thank you thank you
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* [[http://www.xkcdb.com/?7139 Those statements]] are "lactose intolerant". And not in ''that'' sense.
* From a deleted article on Wikipedia: ''[[http://bjaodn.org/wiki/All_Your_Bad_Joke_And_Other_Deleted_Nonsense_Are_Belong_To_Us#Huperprogeny Huperprogeny]]'', a "politically correct" term for ''Human'' ("man"->"person", "son"->"progeny").
* WebVideo/TheFanFictionCritic parodies this, in that every time a story she is reviewing [[RougeAnglesOfSatin misspells]] the interjection "Whoopie!" as "Woppie" or something along those lines, she will yell out [[CatchPhrase "Hey! As an Italian-American, I find this very offensive!"]] as though the fanfic writer meant the ethnic slur instead.
* WebVideo/GloveAndBoots - Ten Terrible Lawn Decorations: "Redneck" is culturally offensive. But apparently, giving them a different label and then brutally stereotyping them as lawn slobs isn't.
-->Fafa: Then what do I call them?!
-->Mario: Gentlemen or women of the country music persuasion.
* ''WebVideo/CodeMent'' features a memorable scene where Suzaku refuses to save a woman from danger because he thinks it would be sexist to take part in the DamselInDistress trope and declares that as a strong, independent woman she should be able to easily save herself. This despite the fact that said woman is blind, crippled from the waist down, and has a bomb strapped to her that will blow her head off if disarmed improperly. And than when Lelouch tells him to just ignore her gender and save her, Suzaku declares he won't do that because it's denying her sexual identity.
-->'''Suzaku''': I see a handicapable girl. Sure life's beaten her down a bit, but that's not gonna stop her. Nothing's gonna stop her. [[YouGoGirl She could be president of the world one day]].
-->'''Lelouch''': '''NOT IF HER HEAD EXPLODES!!!'''
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR2nh_XmfkA&feature=youtu.be This]] animated video parodies the real-life phenomenon of stand-up comedians hesitating to perform in colleges due to the students getting angry at anything remotely offensive. Among the problems the white male protagonist faces are:
** Mentioning breaking up with his girlfriend, which apparently makes him a HeteronormativeCrusader.
** Telling a joke about airplane food, which is unacceptable due to some members of the audience having fear of flying.
** Talking about the time he went on vacation in Jamaica (''"Racist!"'') with his dad (''"Patriarchist!"'').
** This is all ''brilliantly'' tied together by the comedian being told that although he can't say any of the above, he's in a "safe space" where people are allowed to say whatever they wish.
* Dan from the WebVideo/GameGrumps loves to do this, it doesn't matter the context or who said it, be it a real person or a character in a game.
-->'''Dan''': I don't like the way you said "black."
* When ''WebVideo/PatTheNESPunk'' reviews ''Toki'', Donkey Kong Junior objects to a number of things Pat says as being insensitive to apes like himself.
-->'''Pat:''' [talking to the game] Get away, you bouncing monkeys!\\
'''D.K. Junior:''' Again with the hate speech!\\
'''Pat:''' What did I say?\\
'''D.K. Junior:''' Do you know how offensive it is to use the "M word"?\\
'''Pat:''' The "M word"...what, ''monkey''? But--but that ''is'' a monkey! A green monkey!\\
'''D.K. Junior:''' Specieist! The "M word" is no longer acceptable to say. "Evolutionary challenged simian" is the preferred nomenclature.\\
'''Pat:''' When did ''that'' change?\\
'''D.K. Junior:''' A few days ago.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The basic idea behind ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodeFamily''.
* In a latter-day episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', the school is [[HypocriticalHumor segregated according to gender by a staunch feminist]], and Lisa is so disappointed with said feminist's "How do numbers make you feeeeeeeeel?" style of teaching (complete with light show) that she [[SweetPollyOliver crossdresses herself]] into the boy school, which descended into chaos.
** From the same episode:
-->'''Principal Skinner:''' When I look in my closet, I don't see male clothes or female clothes. They're all the same.
-->'''Edna Krabappel:''' Are you saying that men and women are identical?
-->'''Skinner:''' Oh, no, of course not! Women are unique in every way.
-->'''Lindsey Naegle:''' Now he's saying men and women ''aren't'' equal!
-->'''Skinner:''' No, no, no! It's the differences of which there are none that makes the sameness exceptional. Just tell me what to say!
** In the 90's flashback episode, Marge's college teacher [[StrawCharacter Professor August]] is being consistently and obnoxiously politically correct about everything he says and does, going ''way'' beyond an ordinary SoapboxSadie. (When the New England Patriots are [[CurbStompBattle decisively beating]] the Washington Redskins on TV, he bursts into tears and calls the game a "genocide.")
** In an earlier episode, the kids bought ice cream from an ice cream van called "Native American Ice Cream (formerly Big Chief Crazy Cone)".
** From ''Treehouse of Horror VII'':
-->'''Dr. Hibbert:''' Yes, I remember Bart's birth well. You don't forget a thing like Siamese Twins!
-->'''Lisa:''' I believe they prefer to be called "conjoined twins".
-->'''Dr. Hibbert:''' And Hillbillies prefer to be called "sons of the soil". But it ain't gonna happen.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' does this one several times a season.
** Perhaps the biggest example is "Death Camp of Tolerance". Mr. Garrison learns that if he gets fired for being gay, he can sue the school for millions, so he tries to get fired on purpose by doing increasingly depraved sexual acts in front of his students, including bringing in his new assistant (and boyfriend), [[{{Leatherman}} Mr. Slave]]. Mr. Garrison is horrified when he receives nothing but praise and applause for his "courage", while his students are berated as being "homophobic" for speaking up about it and sent to the titular Auschwitz-like Tolerance Camp. When Mr. Garrison actually receives an ''award'' for his behaviour, he explodes with rage at his audience, saying that the kinds of things he has been doing are sick and should not be tolerated no matter who is doing them. Unfortunately he also accidentally lets slip his plan to sue the school, so the principal sends both him and Mr. Slave to the Tolerance Camp as punishment, claiming that they are {{Boomerang Bigot}}s intolerant of their own homosexuality. [[TooKinkyToTorture Mr. Slave thinks it looks like fun]].
*** It was also subverted in the episode when, after having ''just'' emerged from the Museum of Tolerance - where the boys were encouraged by the curator and their parents to be accepting of the life-choices of others - the curator yells at a smoker to go away (even though he was outside and away from the doors), with the parents joining in by calling him "dirty lungs", among other things.
** Additionally, in "With Apologies to Jesse Jackson", Randy Marsh (Stan's dad) gets hounded everywhere as "that Nigger Guy" because he accidentally used a racial epithet on national television, (A quick explanation of how- It was ''GameShow/WheelOfFortune'', the bonus round, the clue was "People that annoy you" and the letters were N_GGERS.[[CrowningMomentOfFunny The answer? Naggers.]]) even ''after'' he literally kisses Jesse Jackson's ass while seeking forgiveness. This episode slowly turns into a subversion of the trope by the end, though, when Congress becomes so outraged by the oppression of Randy Marsh and others like him that they ban the epithet "Nigger Guy".
** "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo" in which Mrs. Brofloski protests the school's Christmas play so that the school will remove the overtly Christian elements. The priest counter-protests that if they take Christ out of Christmas, they'll need to take out all the stuff about Santa Claus as well. They have to take down the Christmas tree due to objections by environmentalists and the lights because it may offend epileptics. One person even claims to be offended by mistletoe, though they don't explain why. So, what they get is an abstract avant-garde musical, with all the third graders prancing around in black unitards to ambient music and chanting. It's not received well, and the audience breaks out into a riot. At the end, Mr. Hankey delivers the StockAesop about how Christmas is about people being nice to each other and baking cookies. Cut to Jesus, alone in his TV studio, sadly singing "Happy Birthday to Me".
** In "Free Hat," Steven Spielberg announces a re-release of ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', where the word "Nazis" is replaced with "persons with political differences."
** Another episode has Cartman throwing a rock at Token because he thought Token called him fat. Because Token is black, the police consider it a hate crime and put Cartman in juvie. The boys (including Token) get him pardoned with a presentation they call "Hate Crime Laws-A Vicious Hypocrisy" which "made more sense than any presentation I've heard all year" according to the governor.
** All of Season 19 is one big TakeThat to internet "social justice warriors" and their motto of "no bad tactics, only bad targets", i.e. they use bullying, threats, violence, and public shaming in order to beat the [[OpinionMyopia wrongthink]] out of anyone who dares disagree with their ultra-progressive views. Freshly joining the cast in this season is the PC Principal. To put it bluntly, he is nothing short of the AnthropomorphicPersonification of this trope.
*** In "Sponsored Content", he threatens to break the legs of the editor of the school newspaper because the word "retarded" was used in an article. Then when he finds out [[InspirationallyDisadvantaged Jimmy]] is the editor and has no problem with the word being used, PC Principal has no idea what to do about it.
*** Much like the aforementioned "Death Camp of Tolerance" did before, an overarching theme in the season is the point to be made that while plenty of discriminatory views have no place in modern society, this culture of hyper-political correctness is less about actually fighting for the downtrodden and providing solutions to these problems inasmuch as it's more about people wanting to feel better about themselves and using political correctness as a tool to stroke their own shallow and fragile egos. And PC Principal, for all his thuggish ways, is shown to genuinely care for the cause (as shown when he expresses disgust at how his PC fraternity brothers use political correctness and progressive politics to look good in front of women).
* 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,]] Stormy, who's [[TheDitz too stupid]], Murphy (who's already captain), and Allen and the other Asians (whom Article 4 actually ''discriminated'' against). Even a ''dolphin'' and a ''monkey'' got promotions.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pelswick}}'' had some examples of this. The title character, who uses a wheelchair, is often referred to as "differently able". In one episode he anonymously published a cartoon in the school paper that people objected to on the grounds that "differently able" people might be offended by it... and then [[NWordPrivileges blithely withdrew their complaints when it came out that Pelswick was the artist]].
* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' where Jefferson Twilight fights Blackulas for a living. When asked if he only fights African-American vampires, he responds "No, sometimes I fight British vampires, they don't ''have'' African-Americans in England! ...Look, I specialize in hunting black vampires, I don't know what the PC name for that is." The stealth joke here is that he probably does it so that white vampire hunters don't get accused of being racist when they kill black vampires.
** The in-universe explanation is that Jefferson saw his mother be raped and killed by Blaculas when he was ten.
-->'''Doctor Orpheus''': Wow.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndSteveTheHappiestGayCoupleInAllTheWorld'', the gang goes to UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco for Pride Week, only to be shunned by the rest of the gay population for being [[StraightGay normal-acting gay people]], rather than [[CampGay extreme stereotypes]]. Also, the introduction to the Mayor's Welcome Speech lasts the entire episode, as he is sure to include the politically correct term for every sexual preference imaginable.
* A ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch involving the Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon. [[http://video.adultswim.com/robot-chicken/the-lagoon-creatures-name.html Or as the creature itself would say...]]
* In an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/CliffordTheBigRedDog Clifford's Puppy Days]]'' the family was on a trip for "Fall Feast" instead of "Thanksgiving".
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'', Becky's family hosts a 'Holiday' party, where everyone brings their 'Holiday' cheese (which of course, Dr. Two-Brains steals). The thing is... Well, there's Christmas trees and all that, not really any sign of any OTHER holiday; and they even sing "Oh, Holiday Cheese," which has the exact tune as "O, Christmas Tree." The episode is named, "Oh, Holiday Cheese." Mr. Botsford also makes a reference to "The Christmas Song": "I'm gonna roast some nuts. And I'm gonna do it over an open fire!" There is a slight chance that all this was intentional...
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'', Beatrice becomes one in terms of gender equality, at one point lobbying to change the term mailman[[note]]mail\male[[/note]] to personperson.
** Duckman also featured occasional appearances from Iggy Catalpa, a wannabe comedian who tries to make his jokes as inclusive and inoffensive as possible. It doesn't work, until King Chicken comes along with an evil plan, and gives him a liquid charisma potion that makes him appear funny to everyone, except for Duckman, who unknowingly ingested a pill that countered the effects of the potion. It got to the point that a law was passed that all jokes told publicly must be as politically correct as Iggy's, all of this in order to make Duckman feel like an outcast.
-->'''Iggy:''' So this medical caregiver of indeterminate gender, because nurses can be male or female, says to his or her disabled, or should I say differently-abled patient, "Why do you have a penguin on your head? They're endangered!" Haaa!
* In ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', when Rick talks about how he discovered that a magic telescope given to him would have made him retarded, Morty tells him that he shouldn't use that word even though he is using the word as the intended definition rather than an insult. Morty tells him that the word has become a symbolic issue for powerful groups who think they're doing the right thing.
-->'''Rick''': Well, that's retarded.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode "Role Models" has the protagonists made role models by Mayor Fink, and assigned the coach D.B. Platypus. The parody is that Mr. Platypus continuously interferes with the protagonists to keep them in line with being role models that not only does it get on their nerves, but it impairs their ability to fight Eggman, something even the kids they're ''supposed'' to be role models for comment on. Sticks gets so irate with it that she launches Mr. Platypus into a trash can and ferries the kids off for a bite to eat, thus freeing up the rest of the team to send the doctor packing.
* ''Series/{{Animaniacs}}'': During Slappy Squirrel's time as a golden age cartoon star, one of her adversaries was Beanie the Brain-Dead Bison. By the time of the show, the public has taken to referring him with the more PC term "the Cerebreally-Challenged Bison". Slappy, being who [[DeadpanSnarker she]] [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior is]], sticks with "Brain-Dead".

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* There's an episode of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' about prejudice. Near the end of the episode, Nozomu is about to have sex with a gay man because he thought that turning down his advances would be offensive. He did not enjoy it.

* One of Creator/GeorgeCarlin's last performances includes a rant about how the search for political correctness has masked the true nature of the things that are being renamed. He highlights this with the evolution of the term "Shell Shock" to what it's now usually called, "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder".
** Earlier, he'd criticized feminists for [[StrawFeminist going too far]] with certain concepts. He agreed with renaming policemen "police officers" and firemen "fire fighters", but drew the line at "person-hole covers".
*** "What do you call a ladies' man, a persons' person?"
** The real evolution of "soldier's heart" (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"!
* Creator/StewartLee is actually in favour of political correctness and likes to lampshade the fact that right-wing newspapers routinely describe his act as "Tediously politically correct". His website contains a huge archive of press reviews of his work, including [[HeroicSelfDeprecation all the negative reviews.]]
--> "UsefulNotes/DavidCameron never mentions it, but the Conservative Party won a by-election in Birmingham, and they sent out little kids with leaflets that said, 'If you want a nigger for a neighbour, vote Liberal or Labour.' And if political correctness has achieved one thing, it's to make the Conservative Party cloak its inherent racism behind more creative language."
* Ralphie May's stand-up routine, ''Just Correct.'' The theme of the act is that he thinks America is trying too hard to be politically correct, while his goal is ''not'' to be politically correct, but instead, [[TitleDrop just correct]].
* Creator/FrankieBoyle sometimes complains about political correctness, or as it was known in his day, [[RefugeInAudacity spastic gay talk]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Superman}}'s denouncing of his U.S. citizenship had people raving that an American hero was being taken from them for the sake of being PC. In reality, however, Superman's reasons make a lot of sense, he's a hero to everybody, not just the States, and he doesn't want to feel like he has to be loyal to just one country, when the whole world needs his help. Also a mistake, deliberate or otherwise, on the part of the author about looking into the matter of Superman's citizenship, because at one time it was stated that he held honorary citizenship in pretty much ''every single country in the world'', already making him a citizen of Earth. Combined with this, his decision to renounce his American citizenship and ''only'' his American citizenship is why it's interpreted as a deliberate snub.
** Incidentally, in the post-''Comicbook/TheManOfSteel''/pre-''ComicBook/SupermanBirthright'' continuity, he's technically a legal American citizen. Krypton, as depicted at that time, had their children raised in birthing matrices; Jor-El built a hyperdrive into it to save his unborn son, by the time it landed on Earth Kal-El is a natural-born American. One possible future in ''ComicBook/{{Armageddon 2001}}'' shows he's eligible to run for President of the United States.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* At least 50% of ''ComicStrip/MallardFillmore.'' The other 50% being {{Author Filibuster}}s.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' also did this in a 2010 strip with the title character watching on TV cowboys in TheWildWest dueling... with a lively game of ''tag''. As expected, this ended up being perceived as a parody.
* [[http://apa3.olivesoftware.com/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Archive&Source=Page&Skin=NewsandObserverA&BaseHref=NAO/2013/05/05&PageLabelPrint=4X&ForceGif=true&EntityId=Ar18200&DataChunk=Ar18204&ViewMode=GIF This]] ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'' comic. Doubles as an LawyerFriendlyCameo-added homage to the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The David Zucker film ''Film/AnAmericanCarol'' points out many of the fallacies, ill-logic and over the top rhetoric used by those who approve political correctness.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0edznT6gxTg The film]] ''Film/{{Uncommon}}'', which was made as propaganda by the right-wing group Liberty Counsel, deals with a public high school that under the guise of "Political Correctness" bans all forms of religious expression and threatens the student's Bible-based play.

* In the first ''Literature/{{Harry Potter|and the Philosophers Stone}}'' book, Uncle Vernon is presented as a ''Mail'' reader and makes some comments indicating a reactionary viewpoint.
* In the book version of ''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.
* Harry {{Literature/Flashman}} is an interesting case. He subverts PoliticallyCorrectHistory through being a man of views unremarkable in his time: extremely racist and politically incorrect, speaking of what we would consider unambiguously good individuals like anti-slavery activists as crazy liberals. However, the author [[WriterOnBoard increasingly uses him to point out the follies of the above as the series progresses]].
* Granted, he lived before political correctness existed, but [[Literature/BulldogDrummond Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond]] is definitely one of the most reactionary heroes in Edwardian mystery/suspense, even though he was written in an already pretty reactionary time. Drummond was fond of flogging communist villains to an inch of their lives and these villains tended to be Jewish intellectuals. In one encyclopedia of mystery fiction, the editor posits that were Drummond an actual person he would likely have become a committed Black Shirt during the 1930s and 40s.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** The books feature a few jokes depicting people who [[FantasticRacism object to the increasing numbers of non-humans in Ankh-Morpork]] as ill-informed buffoons at best.
** PlayedForDrama in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' where, as part of a concerted effort to believe that [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Klatchians]] can be something other than ruthless, scheming criminals, Vimes appears to forget that it's still possible for one of them to actually ''be'' a ruthless, scheming criminal.
--->'''71-Hour Ahmed:''' Be generous, Sir Samuel. ''Truly'' treat all men equally. Allow Klatchians the right to be scheming bastards.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* DCI Gene Hunt from ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2006}}'' is highly politically incorrect and rather popular with the viewing public because of it. One of his more printable quotes is:
-->'''Gene:''' Dealers are so scared, we're more likely to get Helen Keller to talk. The Paki's in a coma, the evidence is about as hard as Liberace's dick when he's looking at a naked woman, and all in all, this case is going about as fast as a bunch of spastics in a magnet factory! (''{{beat}}'') ''What?''\\
'''Sam:''' I think you left out the Jews....
* One subplot on ''Series/TheSopranos'' involved the fiercely Italian guys from Tony's crew butting heads with a Native American group protesting their town's Columbus Day parade. [[note]] The people who had that unfortunate encounter with Columbus were Arawaks from the Caribbean, not mainland natives, so Native Americans in New York complaining about the parade is a little like Belarussians protesting Mongolia's (hypothetical) celebration of 'Ghenghis Khan Conquering the Kievan Rus Day': it ''does'' concern them, but not immediately/directly. [[TruthInTelevision Accordingly some Native American groups DO protest Columbus Day, to the point of some states taking it away completely and renaming it "Native People's day". Many Italians are NOT amused, as by now it's largely a celebration of Italian heritage in general and not so much 'the bringing of civilization to ape-like and benighted heathen savages'.]][[/note]]
* In one episode of ''Series/JonathanCreek'', a police officer who rails against the death penalty being abolished turns out to have been the murderer and becomes the subject of a rather dark version of HypocriticalHumor. Subverted when Adam gets interested in endurance stunts, and has himself crucified in the park. Exactly zero people care.
* A season two episode of ''Series/RescueMe'' Kenny insults Laura, the only female firefighter in the house. After her complaint to HQ, the firehouse is subjected to sensitivity training, complete with condescending instructor and even-more condescending video. On the instructor's question of "So what did we learn today?" Gavin's first answer is "only white people can be racist?" The fire crew then launch into a mockery of the entire sensitivity program.
* From ''Series/DoctorWho'', when Martha meets Creator/WilliamShakespeare, she gets offended by the terms he uses to describe her. However, the Doctor points out afterward that none of the terms Shakespeare was using were intended as insults, indeed, he was trying to be polite and complimentary:
-->'''Shakespeare:''' Who are you, exactly, and, more to the point, who is this gorgeous blackamoor lady?\\
'''Martha:''' (''British, of Ghanaian and Iranian descent'') What did you say?\\
'''Shakespeare:''' (''apologizing'') Oops. Isn't that a word we use nowadays? An Ethiop girl, a swarth, a Queen of Afric?\\
'''Martha:''' (''angry'') I can't believe I'm hearing this.\\
'''The Doctor:''' It's political correctness gone mad.
* An entire episode of ''[[Creator/StewartLee Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle]]'' is an extensive deconstruction of this phrase, ''defending'' political correctness.
* The entire series of ''Love Thy Neighbour''. Interestingly, it was made during a time when political correctness extended as far as not using the "N" word (at least not in public), but it seems to make a mockery of racism and intolerance as a whole despite the liberal use of derogatives.
* Creator/JeffDunham:
** His ''Very Special Christmas Special'' lampshades this trope at least twice:
--->'''Jeff:''' Well, Walter, you look very festive. Happy Holidays!\\
'''Walter:''' You know, there's something I've been wanting to say for a while: Screw you, it's ''Merry Christmas''!
** And later, with Achmed the Dead Terrorist, who has donned a SantaClaus hat for the occasion:
--->'''Jeff:''' I like your Christmas hat.\\
'''Achmed:''' Oh, don't say "Christmas"; it's a Holiday Hat.\\
'''Jeff:''' Why can't I say Christmas?\\
'''Achmed:''' It offends [[HypocriticalHumor the other infidels.]]\\
'''Jeff:''' You're afraid of offending people? But you're a terrorist; you ''kill'' people.\\
'''Achmed:''' That's different. Killing folk is easy; being Politically Correct is a pain in the ass!
* In the '60s Red Skelton gave a monologue on his television show in which he went over the Pledge of Allegiance, explaining the meaning of each line, and expressing his concern that the inclusion of the phrase "under God" would cause the Pledge to be labeled as a prayer and banned from public schools.
* In the TV version of ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', Emily's swim teammate's father accuses the team of giving Emily the spot over his daughter Paige because she's a... [[LipstickLesbian you know]]. The irony is that Paige is a lesbian, although one that is not out of the closet yet.
* In ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'', George mentions Max's school's multi-faith holiday play that had Abraham, Jesus, Muhammad and Buddha all celebrating Kwanzaa.
* In ''Series/PeepShow'', Mark hates 'Political Correctness Gone Mad'. However this attitude is then parodied when Mark has an uncomfortable experience when he makes friends with Darryl, who also hates Political Correctness but turns out to be a racist.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'':
** The very first appearance of Admiral Chegwidden on the show, in "Smoked", has him ranting a lengthy tirade about the state of political correctness imposed on the Navy in the wake of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tailhook_scandal Tailhook Scandal]].
** The same topic is furthermore alluded to many times by other characters in the first and second seasons, in less explicit terms.
* In ''Series/TheWestWing'' President Bartlet, a devout Catholic, is given an almost 300-year old hand-drawn map of the Holy Land that he plans to frame and hang up in the White House, only to be told not to by his press-secretary, [[InsaneTrollLogic since some visitors might be offended by the map not recognizing the state of Israel]].
-->'''CJ:''' You can't put it up in the West Wing.\\
'''Bartlet:''' CJ!\\
'''CJ:''' It doesn't recognize Israel.\\
'''Bartlet:''' There ''was'' no Israel in 1709.\\
'''CJ:''' That's right.\\
'''Bartlet:''' So, it's not on the map.\\
'''CJ:''' Which is what some people are going to find offensive.\\
'''Bartlet:''' That is ridiculous!\\
'''CJ:''' You know what would be great?\\
'''Bartlet:''' Me hanging it somewhere else? You know Leo has -- in what used to be his house when he was married -- a map of the United States. The first third of it is the 13 original colonies. The second third of it is the French territory of Louisiana. And the third third is Mexico. In this map of the United States, there is not a single state. That's because when this map was made there ''was'' no United States. I am the President of the United States and I am not offended by it.\\
'''CJ:''' [[SarcasmMode Well you're bigger than ten men, sir.]] What do you say we put it away?\\
'''Bartlet:''' I'm having it enlarged and bolting it to the hood of my limo!
* An episode of ''Series/MurphyBrown'' had the news anchors forced to attend a "Cultural Sensitivity" seminar after an on-air discussion on acceptable terminology included seemingly-innocuous phrases that offended various groups. Murphy actually complained that "Cultural Sensitivity" was merely a euphemism for "Political Correctness". That's right, folks -- the phrase "Political Correctness" is no longer politically correct.
* In one episode of ''Series/AnIdiotAbroad'', [[Creator/RickyGervais Ricky]] tells [[Creator/KarlPilkington Karl]] that the term "Inuit" is preferable to "Eskimo", which leads Karl into a rant.
-->'''Karl:''' Who's come up with that little problem for them? I've never heard an Eskimo moan about that. Why are they gonna be bothered? These people make little rules. You can't call a midget a "midget", they prefer "dwarf". [[CloudCuckoolander Leprechauns don't like it--]]
-->'''Ricky:''' ''[laughing]'' Leprechauns don't exist!
-->'''Karl:''' It's the same thing, though. If they did, they'd go, "Don't call 'em that--"
-->'''[[Creator/StephenMerchant Steve:]]''' What do leprechauns prefer to be called?
-->'''Karl:''' ''[beat]'' Gnomes, or... ''[Ricky and Steve burst out laughing]''
* One episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' deals with this trope. The protagonist realize the serial killer who's been killing black women in the city is black himself and was using his race to avoid suspicion with his victims and the police. However, the Mayor refuses to allow the FBI to revealed this to the media as he's been accused of being a racist by the public for allowing black women to be killed while the killer(who the public thinks is white) has yet to be caught and this new information would only make things worse.
* ''Series/LastManStanding'' frequently mocks this. In one episode, when Mandy asks Mike to give a speech at her college's graduation ceremony, free speech advocate Mike gets angry when they tell him it has to be free of "micro-aggressions" such as saying America is "a place where anyone can succeed" (because not everyone who lives in the country is successful and it might make the audience members feel bad). Mike refuses to speak and beats the college at their own game by having a colleague of his who shares his views speak instead. Since she's a female Islamic immigrant from Pakistan, the school won't silence her out of fear of being accused of discriminating against women, Muslims, and Middle Eastern people.

[[folder:Print Media]]
* ''National Review'' (an American right-wing libertarian magazine) often complains about this sort of thing in its columns, sardonically referring to Christmas as [[OverlyLongName "Red-and-Green Festive Time"]], pointing out that [[DoubleStandard objections to a mosque being built in Switzerland are viewed as bigoted while objections to a church being built in Saudi Arabia are not]]; and criticizing the Roman Catholic social worker Dorothy Day for calling [[RedScare anti-communist zealots]] "scum" back in the late 1940s, alleging that if Day had called anti-fascists "scum", the Catholic Church would never be considering her for sainthood.

* Brad Paisley and the Buckaroos released the "Cowboy Christmas Song", with the word Christmas getting bleeped, then the word White, finally leading them to sing the original version, ignoring the bleeps.
* The [[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.

[[folder:News and Other Media]]
* Inverted with UsefulNotes/NewZealand journalist Steve Kilgallon, when he wrote of [[http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/columnists/4449295/First-against-the-wall-Political-correctness-gone-mad-parrots urban legends being used as examples of PC gone mad]]: "They're all rubbish, but Literature/NineteenEightyFour has finally come to pass: we're all [[GullibleLemmings stupid enough to believe them]]." See also the [[Creator/BobChipman Moviebob]] example in the Web Original section below.
** Also inverted with libertarian writer Jim Peron, in the essay, "[[http://web.archive.org/web/20100823112907/http://www.liberalvalues.org.nz/index.php?action=view_journal&journal_id=180 The New Anti-PC Problem]]".

* In ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'', the revisions of the Declaration of Independence soon fall into this, with the more loyalist members dickering over the harshness of the language. The delegates force Jefferson to omit mention of the British Parliament and ''the war itself''. He eventually draws the line when Dickinson tries to remove the word ''tyrant'' in reference to King George and orders the secretary, who has already scratched it out, to "scratch it back in."

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In an episode of WebVideo/YouKnowWhatsBullshit, James Rolfe explains how people used to say "Merry Christmas", then [[TheDitz someone]] decided the phrase was offensive to people who did not celebrate Christmas and pushed to replace it with "Happy Holidays", then people complained that not being able to say "Merry Christmas" was offensive to them... in conclusion, James suggested to replace all those phrases with "Happy Shut The Fuck Up".
* Creator/{{Seanbaby}} enlisted Frosty the Snowman to combat the War on Christmas in [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/frosty-snowman-declares-war-war-christmas/ this comic]] from Cracked. What Frosty learns in his quest is '''A:''' the people whining about how offensive and exclusionary the word "Christmas" is are doing so on behalf of people who don't exist, and '''B:''' just let them whine, because Christmas is the most unkillable cultural achievement since pornography and it's not going anywhere.
** Also from Cracked is this [[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/3-racist-incidents-that-werent-actually-racist/ Quick Fix]] about "racist" incidents that weren't actually racist. Although, to be fair, [[IThoughtItMeant #3 on that list]] involves a word that is [[AntiquatedLinguistics rarely used anymore]], so the confusion caused by that one makes sense.
* This is inverted by [[Creator/BobChipman Moviebob]] in his Big Picture video [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/2783-Correctitude "Correctitude"]], where he claims that it's political ''in''correctness that's gone mad. More specifically, he feels that "PC" has been turned into a [[TheWarOnStraw strawman]] by people trying to defend their sexism and bigotry.
* Website/{{Tumblr}} blog [[http://plebcomics.tumblr.com Plebcomics]] focuses a lot of its content on this. And on starting [[FlameWar flame wars]].
* Website/{{Youtube}} user [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfYbb7nga6-icsFWWgS-kWw MisterMetokur]] has several videos dedicated to criticize and lampoon this trope, including his series "The Hugbox Chronicles" and "Website/{{Tumblr}}isms".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The actual phrase is used on two separate occasions in the animated show ''WesternAnimation/BromwellHigh''.
** On one occasion, one of the teachers suggests kidnapping someone and when told that's illegal he utters the phrase.
* In ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'', Porky Pig and Speedy Gonzalez complain about not getting much work because of this.
* In one later season ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode, a "diversity expert" was brought in to Tom Landry Middle School by the school board to make sure all the different minorities were "cooperating". He singled out Bobby's carnival committee to do a few experiments and eventually just heaped racial guilt on each member for things their respective cultures were responsible for. When Bobby insisted the students get back to work on the carnival, the expert made a comparison to the Nazi Holocaust, and given that Bobby's grandpa Cotton is a WWII veteran, [[BerserkButton it really got to him]]. Instead of a carnival, the kids decided to just announce their "guilt" of various global atrocities until a riot almost started because they didn't finish the carnival. Hank, Peggy, and the other parents finished putting together the carnival, and the diversity expert weaseled out of any punishment by claiming it was his idea.
** In one Halloween episode, a overly religious woman complains about the celebration of Halloween, making it out to be offensive and satanic. As the whole neighborhood gets swept up by her nonsense, it ends up falling to the Halloween-loving Hank to step in and try to be the voice of reason.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Ned Flanders is shown watching EVERY TV show and finds something "offensive" or just something to complain about on all he sees, except for two shows. If that's not Political Correctness literally Gone Mad... It doesn't stop there; even his sons tell him, in their own way, that he's gone off the deep end.
** Grampa Simpson once typed a letter in a similar vein, requesting certain vulgar terms aren't put on air, including one that was said in an earlier scene in the same episode.
** The episode "The Man Who Came To Be Dinner" had a BlandNameProduct version of the ''Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' ride get altered "after two people complained," resulting in a "Don't Objectify Your Conquest" sign, imprisoned pirates recycling, a ship's figurehead reading ''Our Bodies, Ourselves'', and a condemned criminal on the gallows being executed for bias.
* ''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.