If there’s some activity you enjoy doing, or a form of expression you just love participating in, you can almost guarantee that it’s soon to be destroyed by the PC police.
Political correctness is making it almost impossible to actually talk about anything of substance for fear of “offending” some delicate wallflower who can’t handle hearing opposing opinions.
This is particularly true in the entertainment industry, a fact megastar actor and director Clint Eastwood recently acknowledged in a warning he gave during a speech at the Cannes Film Festival.
According to Breitbart, While addressing a packed audience Sunday, the Oscar-winner said his seminal crime drama Dirty Harry could not have been made in today’s politically correct climate.
“A lot of people thought it was politically incorrect,’ Eastwood said of the 1971 film he starred in. “‘That was at the beginning of the era that we’re in now, where everybody thinks everyone’s politically correct.”
“We’re killing ourselves by doing that,” the 86-year-old star warned, declaring that “we’ve lost our sense of humour.”
Of course, this wasn’t the first time that Eastwood has warned of the dangers of political correctness.
In an interview last August with Esquire, Eastwood said then-candidate Donald Trump’s political success was due in part to his disregard for political correctness.
“He’s onto something, because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up,” the actor said, “That’s the kiss-ass generation we’re in right now. We’re really in a pussy generation. Everybody’s walking on eggshells.”
“He’s said a lot of dumb things. So have all of them. Both sides,” he added. “But everybody —the press and everybody’s going, ‘Oh, well, that’s racist,’ and they’re making a big hoodoo out of it. Just f*cking get over it. It’s a sad time in history.”
During the speech, Eastwood promised that “someday” he would return to acting, but before riding off into the sunset he decided to impart a few more words of wisdom for the crowd in attendance:
“If you have good luck with your instincts, you might as well trust them,” he said. “It’s an emotional art form. It’s not an intellectual art form at all.”
Eastwood truly hit this out of the park, didn’t he?
Political correctness doesn’t actually protect anyone’s feelings, nor does it promote real progress.
Instead, it prevents folks from freely expressing their thoughts and ideas and debating the merits of their worldview.
If we care about our culture, about our world, our security and progress, then we need to spend less time worrying about offending one another, and much more time learning how to respectfully engage people who have a worldview different from our own.
[This article was written by Michael Cantrell]