Playing With / Political Correctness Gone Mad

Basic Trope: An individual or group is very zealous about not offending people.
  • Straight: In Tropestan, certain words and actions are forbidden either by custom or by law. (They may be replaced with new terms that are supposedly less offensive.)
  • Exaggerated: The people of Tropestan all wear formless gray robes, and though they speak of a right to individuality or feelings, rarely express any individuality. Newspeak is commonplace, and people resolve conflicts by talking about their feelings. It may also be a world of “Stop Having Fun” Guys, for fear of offending someone. Everything Is Racist, or sexist, or otherwise a political issue. Sibling of Unspecified Age, Gender Identity, or Pronouns is Watching the citizens of Tropestan constantly, and All Crimes Are Equal. It's a very Crapsaccharine World.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified: There are words and actions that can be very offensive, especially when committed by certain groups.
  • Inverted: Tropestanis cause each other affront with near-impunity.,
  • Subverted:
    • Certain words, topics, and actions have a time and place.
    • Certain actions that are taboo in Tropestan are in a piece of media, and portrayed as completely normal and acceptable.
    • People live a certain way, that is stated to maintain a functional society, but the society is very misogynistic/xenophobic/religiously-based/etc., not the conventional definition of politically-correct.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: People who break the rules of political correctness have to drop money into The Swear Jar, or have their mouths washed out with soap (lye soap if they caused particular outrage), or write the rule they broke on the board 1000 times.
  • Zig Zagged: Some words, actions, and topics are acceptable in polite society, others are acceptable in certain contexts, and others are not acceptable at all.
  • Averted: There are no rules or laws governing self-expression of any kind.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Shhh! You can't say that word anymore! You Wanna Get Sued?? Or beaten up?!"
  • Invoked: Some person or group finds a certain word or action offensive.
  • Exploited:
    • A petition is circulated by Moral Guardians and other concerned citizens to get certain words bleeped out or stricken from Tropestan's vocabulary.
    • A feminist conference spells "women" as "womyn," to appease its more radical attendants.
  • Defied:
    • Whether a complete Refuge in Audacity is taken or not, people don't stop doing or saying a certain thing just because some people find it offensive. (They may, rightly or wrongly, dismiss the offended ones as "just butt-hurt" or "overreacting.")
    • Someone is corrected, he (or she, as the case may be) responds with a long, swearword-laden tirade that turns the air blue, strips the paint from the walls, and reduces the politically correct character to Inelegant Blubbering.
  • Discussed: "Why get offended? It's just a word! Get over yourself!"
  • Conversed: "I'm not sure whether to laugh at the sheer audacity of it all or whether to be offended by how much they're making light of liberal groups."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Authorities are so obsessed with not offending anyone, that society ends up becoming a totalitarian (or something similar) run entirely by zealots.
    • People's ideas end up getting rejected because one person finds it "offensive", reducing the chances of society ever developing.
    • Political Correctness has become hypocritical or biased in that while they respect the feelings of the offended, they don't respect the idea or feelings of the unoffended.
    • Tropestan's morals and rules eventually decay into Blue and Orange Morality.
  • Played For Laughs: Fee Fi Faux Pas
  • Played For Drama: All Crimes Are Equal, Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life, Stepford Suburbia

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