The phrase ‘PC gone mad,’ an age-old trope, is a favourite of reactionaries fearful that a societal shift will yield a feeble snowflake civilisation. Below are four moments that have recently stirred wild PC debates.
With US President Donald Trump in power and those Bond villains in Russia set to host the World Cup, it’s been a year to let your pure, unbridled outrage run wild. Julian Assange is still sans internet connection, gun control is again up for debate and women can now get a driving license in Saudi Arabia. But are you exasperated enough? Not nearly, you say.
Perhaps a sprinkling of some so-called political correctness will sate your growing need to express your anger.
‘Offensive’ salad emoji
The Simpsons once posited that you don’t make friends with salad. It’s something Google recently discovered while trying to make their leafy meal emoji more vegan-friendly. The change – removing one egg from a bowl filled with leaves and tomatoes – was hailed by Google’s Jennifer Daniel as part of an inclusion and diversity drive in the company.
There's big talk about inclusion and diversity at Google so if you need any evidence of Google is making this priority may I direct your attention to the 🥗 emoji— we've removed the egg in Android P beta 2, making this a more inclusive vegan salad. pic.twitter.com/kzHY0A9ZjG
— Jennifer 💩🌪️ (@jenniferdaniel) June 6, 2018
British TV presenter and former News of the World editor Piers Morgan was one of many to get their knickers in a twist about the miniscule change.
Removing the egg from the salad emoji so vegans aren't offended ffs. I don't want to live in a watered down insipid world where anything possibly offensive is removed…. I want dark humour & controversy, they'll be banning swear words next…. and then I'll be fucked 🙄
— Littleblonde1 (@ElzMo3008) June 9, 2018
Others didn’t give a monkeys…
Who here actually cares that they removed the egg, honestly?
Or do you just care because another group of people have asked for it to be removed?
Personally I think you all need to get a life.
— A Place For My Head (@CP_Vaughny) June 9, 2018
The competition that judges women on physical attributes is removing the physical attributes part – well kind of. Yes, Miss America has scrapped the swimsuit challenge. From now on, Miss America is no longer a pageant, according to Gretchen Carlson, the chairwoman of the competition, and the event will instead “represent a new generation of female leaders.” Fully dressed women leaders?
No more swimsuit contest in Miss America. Soon they'll be wearing burkas, folks. Sad state of the decline of Western Civilization. #BoothBabes banned, no bikinis – might as well go ass up to the East & surrender our BEAUTIFUL European American girls
Photo from a Christmas past.. pic.twitter.com/fW8EX6LVN2
— Bruce Porter, Jr. (@NetworksManager) June 5, 2018
InfoWars editor and online contrarian Paul Joseph Watson couldn’t believe the change of tact to put more focus on a contestant’s character.
Other internet denizens, including former Miss Ohio USA, were equally upset.
#MissAmerica will cease to exist without the swimsuit and evening gown competitions. Nobody will watch!!! It’s okay to be proud of both inner and outer beauty. They are not mutually exclusive. pic.twitter.com/T6xPPTHjER
— Madison Gesiotto (@madisongesiotto) June 6, 2018
Liberals destroying American tradition and they are not done yet!
Miss America getting rid of the swimsuit part of the competition. Calling it a ‘start’
— Lori Hendry (@Lrihendry) June 6, 2018
Formula One grid girls
The model grid girls of Formula One also bit the dust earlier this year. The racing franchise made the announcement in January, informing fans that the tradition was at “odds with modern day societal norms.”
“We don’t believe the practice is appropriate or relevant to Formula 1 and its fans, old and new, across the world,” Grid girl Danielle Ferin slammed the move, telling RT that the decision to end the employment of the women was a backward step for female empowerment.
Formula One’s banishment of the female models has since stirred debate over whether their presence was linked to the remnants of a dying sexist patriarchy or an expression of female empowerment.
Now the PC police are taking away the swimsuit parade out of the Miss America pageant. The grid girls are gone, the boxing girls holding up that number thingy gone, the meter maids on the Gold Coast nearly gone. At least I still have embarrassing bodies and dating naked to watch
— Gerald Pauschmann (@pauschmann) June 5, 2018
Again, the problem isn't that grid girls exist, it's that female representation in motorsport rarely exceeds that role. #TheOneShow
— Charlotte (@Fjar) June 6, 2018
Exactly equality when it suits the feminists. World has gone mad bring back the grid girls
— michelle proffitt (@michmosh85) June 3, 2018
Maybe it was about inclusion, or maybe it was done to intentionally emasculate millions of insecure men? Whatever the reason, the Boy Scouts of America certainly caused a stir when they announced the decision to rebrand.
In 2019, the organisation, one of the world’s largest youth movement, will be known as the Scouts BSA. And what’s more, girls will also be welcome to join. The horror.
“R.I.P. Boy Scouts, 1910-2018. Yet another institution has come under siege by Political Correctness. Liberalism is slowly decaying everything that was once good in our society,” said Lucian Wintrich of the right-wing website Gateway Pundit.
Former Congressman Allen West also chimed in with his own outrage, saying: “This is the culture war we face. The goal of the left is to convert men into weak, feckless, cupcakes.”
Masculinity is now “toxic” & a “mental illness.” The #BoyScouts of America is dropping 'Boys' frm name. This is the culture war we face. The goal of the left is to convert men into weak, feckless, cupcakes. We just survived 8 years of one in the White House. Not cool. #tcot#ccotpic.twitter.com/DdCaJeNZ04
— Allen West (@AllenWest) May 2, 2018