Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Good, The Bad, The Very Ugly

It's amazing what you can get away with when you are respected in Hollywood:

Clint Eastwood believes the rise of political correctness is no laughing matter.
He says the world would be a better place if we could still laugh at inoffensive jokes about different races. The Hollywood actor and director, 78, said we live in constant fear of being labeled racist for simply laughing about national stereotypes.
‘People have lost their sense of humour,’ he told Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine.‘In former times we constantly made jokes about different races.
‘You can only tell them today with one hand over your mouth otherwise you will be insulted as a racist. I find that ridiculous. In those earlier days every friendly clique had a “Sam the Jew” or “Jose the Mexican” - but we didn’t think anything of it or have a racist thought.’
‘It was normal that we made jokes based on our nationality or ethnicity. That was never a problem… I don’t want to be politically correct. We’re all spending too much time and energy trying to be politically correct about everything.’ (

Well Clint, I believe that amongst a group of friends you may joke amongst yourselves about yourbackground or heritage. Believe me if I hear my black friends say one more joke about fried chicken, to their Jewish friend across the table, I as a spicy latina will vomitar (throw up). It is one thing amongst friends, but like how you say "in the earlier days", there was lynching as well as jokes so that tends to cause some sensitivity amongst some racial groups.

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