Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Off-Topic > Off-Topic > General off-topic
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11.05.2014, 19:02
Medea Fleecestealer's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Misery-Courtion
Posts: 13,557
Groaned at 171 Times in 135 Posts
Thanked 9,676 Times in 5,522 Posts
Medea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond repute
Political Correctness taken too far

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-27360884

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sun_Has_Got_His_Hat_On

Do we even have to change songs now? Come on folks! There are many more important issues in this world to deal with than the n-word being broadcast. The guy certainly shouldn't lose his job over a mistake that just one person complained about and for which he's subsequently apologised. This was a simple error, not a hate campaign.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11.05.2014, 19:06
Sandgrounder's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: ZH
Posts: 9,688
Groaned at 73 Times in 66 Posts
Thanked 14,749 Times in 5,754 Posts
Sandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

Sadly it's the only solution these days. Any infraction, intended or otherwise, has to be dealt with by dismissal.

It's totally wrong and cheapens the true meaning of racism.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11.05.2014, 19:08
Dougal's Breakfast's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: GL
Posts: 15,417
Groaned at 969 Times in 737 Posts
Thanked 38,724 Times in 12,120 Posts
Dougal's Breakfast has a reputation beyond reputeDougal's Breakfast has a reputation beyond reputeDougal's Breakfast has a reputation beyond reputeDougal's Breakfast has a reputation beyond reputeDougal's Breakfast has a reputation beyond reputeDougal's Breakfast has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

He's old and they wanted to get rid of him. If it wasn't this song it would have been something else.

Nothing to see here, etc etc.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11.05.2014, 19:19
Sbrinz's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Murten - Morat
Posts: 10,978
Groaned at 542 Times in 342 Posts
Thanked 10,580 Times in 5,412 Posts
Sbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

The BBC are stupid! (Edited)

Jeremy Clarkson has been given a final warning for mumbling the word in a film which wasn't transmitted.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11.05.2014, 19:26
fatmanfilms's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Verbier
Posts: 13,782
Groaned at 209 Times in 181 Posts
Thanked 11,097 Times in 6,294 Posts
fatmanfilms has a reputation beyond reputefatmanfilms has a reputation beyond reputefatmanfilms has a reputation beyond reputefatmanfilms has a reputation beyond reputefatmanfilms has a reputation beyond reputefatmanfilms has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

Quote:
View Post
The BBC are stupid! Why have they such a "racist" song in their archives anyway? They can't have it both ways!

Jeremy Clarkson has been given a final warning for mumbling the word in a film which wasn't transmitted.
The song was from the DJ's private collection.
J.C. Makes a lot of money for the BBC, he will still remain however many final warnings he gets.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11.05.2014, 19:44
Ace1's Avatar
A singular modality
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Engelberg & near Basel
Posts: 5,862
Groaned at 170 Times in 121 Posts
Thanked 8,904 Times in 3,985 Posts
Ace1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

The Radio guy's dismissal was reversed, i.e. he wasn't actually dismissed.

Clarkson just muttered Eeny Meeny Miny Mo, catch a nigger by his toe, which was a perfectly normal, and perfectly innocent, rhyme when I was a kid, such that we didn't even know, nor care, what the word was supposed to mean. [What word are you supposed to use nowadays, anyway?]

In neither case was there anything even remotely racist.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11.05.2014, 19:50
TiMow's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Fribourg
Posts: 9,310
Groaned at 292 Times in 196 Posts
Thanked 12,189 Times in 5,300 Posts
TiMow has a reputation beyond reputeTiMow has a reputation beyond reputeTiMow has a reputation beyond reputeTiMow has a reputation beyond reputeTiMow has a reputation beyond reputeTiMow has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

Quote:
View Post
The Radio guy's dismissal was reversed, i.e. he wasn't actually dismissed.

Clarkson just muttered Eeny Meeny Miny Mo, catch a nigger by his toe, which was a perfectly normal, and perfectly innocent, rhyme when I was a kid, such that we didn't even know, nor care, what the word was supposed to mean. [What word are you supposed to use nowadays, anyway?]

In neither case was there anything even remotely racist.
Hear, hear.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11.05.2014, 19:52
mirfield's Avatar
Moddy McModface
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Basel
Posts: 8,209
Groaned at 51 Times in 45 Posts
Thanked 8,112 Times in 2,959 Posts
mirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

Eh? I read this story earlier, and the guy resigned after his bosses said they didn't want him to issue an apology.

I guess without know what actually happened (which seems to differ by source), it's hard to say.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11.05.2014, 19:56
lucy_who's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Germany
Posts: 642
Groaned at 7 Times in 7 Posts
Thanked 1,002 Times in 384 Posts
lucy_who has a reputation beyond reputelucy_who has a reputation beyond reputelucy_who has a reputation beyond reputelucy_who has a reputation beyond reputelucy_who has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

The Establishment in the UK are out to get the BBC, because it acts as a brake on private media companies racing to the bottom of cheap, profitable, disposable entertainment. Hence it has become hyper-defensive in it's drive to be seen to be squeaky clean and head off the media shit-storm that happens any time it makes a mistake, no matter how minor.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11.05.2014, 19:58
Medea Fleecestealer's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Misery-Courtion
Posts: 13,557
Groaned at 171 Times in 135 Posts
Thanked 9,676 Times in 5,522 Posts
Medea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

Quote:
View Post
The Radio guy's dismissal was reversed, i.e. he wasn't actually dismissed.

Clarkson just muttered Eeny Meeny Miny Mo, catch a nigger by his toe, which was a perfectly normal, and perfectly innocent, rhyme when I was a kid, such that we didn't even know, nor care, what the word was supposed to mean. [What word are you supposed to use nowadays, anyway?]

In neither case was there anything even remotely racist.
Tiger, according to Wiki. Which makes even less sense.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 11.05.2014, 20:00
Dougal's Breakfast's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: GL
Posts: 15,417
Groaned at 969 Times in 737 Posts
Thanked 38,724 Times in 12,120 Posts
Dougal's Breakfast has a reputation beyond reputeDougal's Breakfast has a reputation beyond reputeDougal's Breakfast has a reputation beyond reputeDougal's Breakfast has a reputation beyond reputeDougal's Breakfast has a reputation beyond reputeDougal's Breakfast has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

It was perfectly normal and innocent to call people spackers and mongs when I was a kid.

Funny how things change, isn't it?
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 11.05.2014, 20:03
lucy_who's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Germany
Posts: 642
Groaned at 7 Times in 7 Posts
Thanked 1,002 Times in 384 Posts
lucy_who has a reputation beyond reputelucy_who has a reputation beyond reputelucy_who has a reputation beyond reputelucy_who has a reputation beyond reputelucy_who has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

Quote:
View Post
Tiger, according to Wiki. Which makes even less sense.
It was "goblin" when I was growing up in the politically-correct, multicultural nirvana of 1970's rural North West England.

Seriously, if people in that 100% white backwater could tell 40 years ago that it was an unpleasant word that you shouldn't teach your kids, then I'm not sure what excuse anyone has for using it nowadays...
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 11.05.2014, 20:05
Connor MacLeod's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: here
Posts: 765
Groaned at 89 Times in 58 Posts
Thanked 2,447 Times in 800 Posts
Connor MacLeod has a reputation beyond reputeConnor MacLeod has a reputation beyond reputeConnor MacLeod has a reputation beyond reputeConnor MacLeod has a reputation beyond reputeConnor MacLeod has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

Quote:
View Post
The Radio guy's dismissal was reversed, i.e. he wasn't actually dismissed.

Clarkson just muttered Eeny Meeny Miny Mo, catch a nigger by his toe, which was a perfectly normal, and perfectly innocent, rhyme when I was a kid, such that we didn't even know, nor care, what the word was supposed to mean. [What word are you supposed to use nowadays, anyway?]

In neither case was there anything even remotely racist.
Completely agree.

The difference is as you say back then no one knew or cared what it meant. Nowadays it's drilled into kids by stupid people who are begging to be offended and teaching kids to be offended at the slightest thing.

destroying childhood by:
Not being allowed to call a blackboard a blackboard anymore.
Not being allowed to plat British bulldogs
Not being allowed to play kiss, cuddle or torture

Etc
Etc
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 11.05.2014, 20:09
ximix's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Zurich
Posts: 2,104
Groaned at 27 Times in 25 Posts
Thanked 2,315 Times in 1,179 Posts
ximix has a reputation beyond reputeximix has a reputation beyond reputeximix has a reputation beyond reputeximix has a reputation beyond reputeximix has a reputation beyond reputeximix has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

I'd really like to seeing someone trying to catch a tiger by the toe!

As for your commentary, @Ace1: If I make a complaint will you resign as a Mod?

Quote:
View Post
Tiger, according to Wiki. Which makes even less sense.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 11.05.2014, 20:24
me.anon's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: thun
Posts: 1,454
Groaned at 22 Times in 16 Posts
Thanked 1,768 Times in 870 Posts
me.anon has a reputation beyond reputeme.anon has a reputation beyond reputeme.anon has a reputation beyond reputeme.anon has a reputation beyond reputeme.anon has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

The BBC is so enslaved to new American values that it can no longer be trusted to report objectively.

It allows itself to behave like the old soviet "airbrush" revisionists, ignoring or, worse, actively suppressing inconvenient details of history, and history is full of nasty detail.

One nasty detail of history which must be dealt with is a monopoly state broadcaster supported by an outrageously high license fee. . .

A colour TV License GBP 145.50 per year.
A black and white ( oh,sorry more politically correctly expressed : cmyk(0%, 0%, 0%, 100%) and cmyk(0%, 0%, 0%, 0%)) license GBP 49.00 per year.

Political correctness means:
It is OK to slaughter the indigenous population, to launch launch wars by proxy and by subterfuge resulting in the deaths of millions of civilians but it is an outrage for an actress to expose a tit on TV.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 11.05.2014, 20:30
Slaphead's Avatar
Moderato espressivo
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Zürich
Posts: 3,147
Groaned at 40 Times in 36 Posts
Thanked 8,997 Times in 2,762 Posts
Slaphead has a reputation beyond reputeSlaphead has a reputation beyond reputeSlaphead has a reputation beyond reputeSlaphead has a reputation beyond reputeSlaphead has a reputation beyond reputeSlaphead has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

Quote:
View Post
As for your commentary, @Ace1: If I make a complaint will you resign as a Mod?
Well he might, but I'd block it as he speaks the truth.

Personally I no longer see that word as offensive - it's often used in the black community in much the same context as I would say "hey, you old bastard, how are you" upon greeting a friend.

It's either all or nothing IMO - if the word is not to be used then nobody should use the word. It shouldn't be that people of of a certain colour are allowed to use it while others of another colour are strictly forbidden from using the word.

Thinking about it that's racism, isn't it?
__________________
...allegedly.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 11.05.2014, 20:39
Sandgrounder's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: ZH
Posts: 9,688
Groaned at 73 Times in 66 Posts
Thanked 14,749 Times in 5,754 Posts
Sandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

Funny how the BBC lets 30 years of institutionalised sexual abuse and harassment slide by but if one squeaky clean harmless DJ accidentally happens to play an old track containing language which today is deemed unacceptable by the perpetually offended, he's out on his ear.

You couldn't make it up.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 11.05.2014, 20:40
ximix's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Zurich
Posts: 2,104
Groaned at 27 Times in 25 Posts
Thanked 2,315 Times in 1,179 Posts
ximix has a reputation beyond reputeximix has a reputation beyond reputeximix has a reputation beyond reputeximix has a reputation beyond reputeximix has a reputation beyond reputeximix has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

I was actually being somewhat tongue in cheek about @Ace1 but whatevs.

On a serious note, however, that word is still offensive to some. Trust me on that one, please...

Quote:
View Post
Well he might, but I'd block it as he speaks the truth.

Personally I no longer see that word as offensive - it's often used in the black community in much the same context as I would say "hey, you old bastard, how are you" upon greeting a friend.

It's either all or nothing IMO - if the word is not to be used then nobody should use the word. It shouldn't be that people of of a certain colour are allowed to use it while others of another colour are strictly forbidden from using the word.

Thinking about it that's racism, isn't it?
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 11.05.2014, 20:43
Dougal's Breakfast's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: GL
Posts: 15,417
Groaned at 969 Times in 737 Posts
Thanked 38,724 Times in 12,120 Posts
Dougal's Breakfast has a reputation beyond reputeDougal's Breakfast has a reputation beyond reputeDougal's Breakfast has a reputation beyond reputeDougal's Breakfast has a reputation beyond reputeDougal's Breakfast has a reputation beyond reputeDougal's Breakfast has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

Quote:
View Post
that word is still offensive to some. Trust me on that one, please...
Yes, but it isn't offensive to white blokes in Switzerland, so who cares about slavery, Jim Crow laws, lynch mobs, racist coppers and Stephen Lawrence?

It's political correctness gawn mad, innit, eh? Know what I mean, guv'nor?
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 11.05.2014, 20:47
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Zurich
Posts: 1,185
Groaned at 328 Times in 175 Posts
Thanked 2,127 Times in 928 Posts
treesarehalal is considered unworthytreesarehalal is considered unworthytreesarehalal is considered unworthytreesarehalal is considered unworthytreesarehalal is considered unworthy
Re: Political Correctness taken too far

Quote:
View Post
Personally I no longer see that word as offensive
quote of the year white boy.
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Political Correctness in Switzerland Caviarchips Daily life 178 07.06.2013 09:00
What are the limits on political correctness in humour? swisslife Jokes/funnies 157 15.02.2013 14:55
Vegan Chef has really taken it too far this time! mimi1981 General off-topic 25 23.11.2012 18:02
Democracy taken too far? Etienne Botes Swiss politics/news 133 04.12.2009 10:55


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 15:54.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0