sat on her tuffet
eating her curds and whey
along came a spider and sat down
and got hit with a harassment suit
and restraining order.
Political correctness. Is it a well-meaning initiative, or an
attempt to undermine our laid-back way of life?
No more can we have policemen and firemen. We must be
non-gender specific, and don't even think about mentioning
religion or race. The world is going into PC overdrive.
Although my opening nursery rhyme may not be the official PC
Little Miss Muffet, it is just as crazy as the now
commonly used Baa Baa Rainbow Sheep. Has
anyone pointed out there is no such thing as a rainbow sheep!
They say the words black sheep alienate and offend young
black children. It's not the only nursery rhyme to be deemed
Humpty Dumpty has now escaped his original fate. He still
falls off his wall, but now stays in one piece. Hello?
This could lead to a whole generation thinking that if you
fall off a wall, you won't get hurt. Dear me, where could
Political correctness in New Zealand is on a smaller scale
compared to the madness in the United Kingdom. A chief
constable refused to release pictures of two escaped
murderers because it might breach their privacy. What about
New Zealand hasn't completely escaped though. The PC fog is
sneaking down the country.
Auckland's Middlemore Hospital has removed the crucifix from
the hospital's chapel, oh, sorry, I mean the spiritual
centre. How much comfort will patients or visitors find in an
empty room, devoid of any of the religious symbols that they
have come to expect?
Little to none, I'm sure.
The Eskimo lolly is one of our country's favourites. Last
year, there was a lot of publicity about them. The large
majority of us have all eaten at least one, if not 50.
Apparently that makes us cannibalistic, Inuit-hating people.
Get real. Most of the time they're processed so badly that
you can't tell what they are anyway.
I haven't seen Sir Edmund Hilary's "Risk Management Plan" for
climbing Mt Everest displayed in any museum.
Nor have I seen a photo of Richard Pearce wearing his fluoro
vest during his flight attempts. These good old-fashioned
Kiwi heroes succeeded before the days where everyone had to
be kept safe in the bubble wrap we're expected to use for
everything we do.
Political correctness is a crazy plan to stop human beings
doing what we were designed to do - think for ourselves.
To stop this dangerous trend we need to stand up for what we
believe in and think for ourselves. Keep a sense of humour
and stop small-minded people ruining our lives.
These PC trends are sneaking in all over the world. Society
is at risk of being destroyed. We need to unite, burn those
risk management plans, buy a big bag of Eskimos, and take
responsibility for our own actions.
- By Sarah Mosely, Year 13, South Otago High