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Political correctness, gone too far?

An anti-racist Halloween campaign from the States has gotten Kipp thinking about the extent of political correctness (or lack of it) here in the Emirates.

October 26, 2011 4:23 by

To those proponents of political correctness, we wonder if being “PC” has finally gone one step too far. A series of anti-racist Halloween posters have become rather popular on the internet. The posters, which come from an anti-racism group at Ohio University, are titled with a slogan: “We’re a Culture not a Costume.” Here is a copy of one of the posters.

The posters, though well intentioned, have become something of an internet sensation and as should be expected in our meme-fascinated culture have spawned a series of memes, including one, Kipp’s favourite, featuring a golden retriever holding in his mouth a picture of a human in a dog suit.

Of course, all of this does beg the question, at what point does being politically correct tumble over into the absurd? Into the too precious realm of tiptoeing around anything vaguely cultural that could be construed as racist.

Of course, here in the Emirates, being PC is a whole different story. With ads commonly portraying head wagging Indians, it is a fact that the UAE is where political correctness comes to die. Question is, which one would you prefer?

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  1. LennyMcb on October 27, 2011 12:03 pm

    “The posters, which come from an anti-racism group at Ohio University,”

    They call themselves “anti-racist”,but they are really anti-white. Anti-racism is just a codeword for anti-white.And what they want is white genocide.

    Africa for the Africans,Asia for the Asians,white countries for EVERYBODY!

  2. Jenes on October 27, 2011 12:56 pm

    LennyMcb, I hardly think your deduction is any where near the truth. In fact, though you claim the proponents of this movement are racist, you’re observation seems to be racist!

    You should be ashamed of spreading hate in an internet already inundated with hate.

  3. Dave on October 30, 2011 12:07 pm

    The Gulf is an interesting region as far as PC is concerned. On one hand, ads are a bit too politically incorrect, there is a radio ad these days about some energy drink with a South Indian and Sikh character being so stereotypical that it makes one queasy.
    At the same time, people are a bit too PC sometimes, particulary when it comes to news. Everyone knows the reason some things happen or why some crimes occur and who its committed by, but no one is ready to spell out the truth in fear of offending some community even though thats the truth.

    I will give an example from an online forum in a Qatar: an expat lady was harassed by a man wearing a very common dress. A number of members were up in arms over how the victim was racist simply because she mentioned what the offender was wearing. They claimed “by saying the main was wearing ….., you are implying that it was a ……………. man, you are vile, racist , full of hate etc”


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