On Saturday the BBC made its football commentator and former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler apologise on air for describing two footballers as "fighting like girls". It made for uncomfortable viewing. It was obvious to any viewer with more than one brain cell that Fowler’s comment, made about a tussle between Fernando Torres and Jan Vertonghen during the Tottenham-Chelsea game, was entirely innocent, intended only to condemn Torres and Vertonghen’s childish antics and not to slander the female sex. Yet minutes later, having clearly had a word in his ear from PC producers, a red-faced Robbie was making an embarrassing climbdown and telling the nation he was "deeply sorry" for apparently offending womankind. It was an ugly and humiliating spectacle.
It is not just football. Harassment laws have poisoned the work place for male expression and freedom of thought. Street harassment will soon be a crime too. Speech codes protect every conceivable minority, and even the majority (women are over 50% of the population). Racial jokes, ethnic jokes, even academic research on taboo topics are censored (Rind study, race and iq)
In Scotland, the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act makes it a crime for Celtic and Rangers fans to sing “sectarian” or even political songs. Last month it was announced that every single footballer in the Premier League will have to attend lessons about the use of homophobic and racist language, presumably to cleanse their dumb, working-class brains of their foul prejudices. The Football Association has declared war on the use of homophobic language at football grounds, which includes obliterating not only offensive words like “queer” but also, once again, jokey phrases about “girls” and “manning up”. The FA is also trying to stop Tottenham Hotspur fans from referring to themselves as Yids and the Yid Army, something they’ve done for years. The Crown Prosecution Service itself has warned football clubs not to allow their fans to “cross the line [into] inappropriate crowd behaviour and chanting”. But who decides what is appropriate and inappropriate chanting? Surely it should be fans themselves rather than the snobby, censorious suits and PC phrase-police who have become an ugly blot on the beautiful game in recent years?
Thanks to the antifeminist for the above link.
God praise the US constitution, with its freedom of speech clauses. Freedom of speech is less curtailed in the US then elsewhere. See
Behavior in general gets over criminalized. Children in the US get expelled for carrying a half inch micro replica of a gun, or for shooting pellet guns in the privacy of their back yard. And of course, anything sexual, teenage sexuality or child porn which often is neither porn (see copine scale) nor a child (17).
Political correctness slowly but surely curtails our freedom and instates a reign of harassment and terror.