The amazing Tracey Ullman video, You Woke, from her BBC comedy show Tracey Breaks the News, is the latest in a growing number of left-leaning people who are pushing back on political correctness.
Branded as "just being polite" and "defending marginalized people," political correctness gives cover to our authoritarian tendencies wrapped in a blanket of moral justification. If you don't know what that leads to, read up on the Cultural Revolution.
Conservatives and the right in general have always resisted this thinking but have been ignored as the culture has increasingly moved leftward.
But as celebrities and other left-leaning people are added to the body count, you see people are having enough. Progressives, with whom you would never agree with politically, have become allies against the movement that destroys people's careers and lives for perceived slights.
Bret Weinstein, a science professor and progressive, was hounded out of Evergreen college in Seattle for refusing to participate in racial segregation.
Mr. Weinstein thought this was wrong. The biology professor said as much in a letter to Rashida Love, the school’s Director of First Peoples Multicultural Advising Services. 'There is a huge difference between a group or coalition deciding to voluntarily absent themselves from a shared space in order to highlight their vital and under-appreciated roles,' he wrote, 'and a group or coalition encouraging another group to go away.'
For this act, he was demonized, threatened and harassed by students and faculty. Eventually he resigned and settled with the university. In the process, they lost an ally and created a valuable voice for free speech.
His and other voices from the left are coming together to help counter the noise of the hysterical.
Jesse Singal is another progressive who catches controversy for writing on transgenderism that goes against the current ideology. Singal is a brilliant writer who makes no apology for his dislike of much of what conservatism represents. Yet, he takes flak from the left because he also is intellectually consistent.
Which, inevitably, leads to well reasoned responses like this:
Because, let's face it, if your head is full of noble righteous indignation, everyone who doesn't agree with you is a bigot and your duty is to call it out in sputtering rage.
Jonathan Chait, a reliably liberal irritant of the right, went from "leading liberal voice" to "washed up white dude" for his defense of free speech on campus.
Political correctness is a term whose meaning has been gradually diluted since it became a flashpoint 25 years ago. People use the phrase to describe politeness (perhaps to excess), or evasion of hard truths, or (as a term of abuse by conservatives) liberalism in general. The confusion has made it more attractive to liberals, who share the goal of combating race and gender bias.
But political correctness is not a rigorous commitment to social equality so much as a system of left-wing ideological repression. Not only is it not a form of liberalism; it is antithetical to liberalism. Indeed, its most frequent victims turn out to be liberals themselves.
As we see the social justice warriors pushing into the battlefields of comics and games and movies, they are being met with people who are sick of being called haters, racists and worse for not accepting the dogma as presented. I believe, anecdotally, that many young, liberal minded people, are moving to libertarian views due to the rigid requirements to be a progressive in good standing.
Although the social media mobs show no sign of abating, I think we can stand to say "f*** off Jamie" a little more when it's appropriate.