What the crap is going on? Is America experiencing some sort of Prozac shortage? There's been more phony outrage, screaming and utter lunacy this week than in an entire season of The Jerry Springer Show. I'm embarrassed to say that we live in a country where people get their feelings hurt over the dumbest things and resort to insane methods to vindicate themselves. It would be one thing if the issues were valid and important. But I know we've sunk to a new low as a nation when people are calling 911 to complain about the type of sauce that was used to make their Subway flatbread pizza. (Yes, that actually happened this week. Click here.)
It's like some people are so bored and have nothing better to do with their lives than to throw a hissy fit over issues that have about as much substance as a late-night infomercial. (I'm thinking about Richard Karn's Pocket Hose ad. And I know you are too.) Someone needs to tell these idiots to just get over themselves.
Speaking of idiots, a parent in Fargo, North Dakota caused quite a ruckus this week when she decided to object to a performance of Y.M.C.A. at her first grader's school talent show. You know -- "It's fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A." (That tune will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day now. You're welcome.) Students participating in the performance were asked to wear costumes resembling members of the popular '70s American disco group the Village People: a police man, cowboy, biker and [drum roll please] a Native American. (GASP!)
Elaine Bolman, who is apparently the enemy of all things fun and a mother of one of the students, was "offended" by the stereotypical Native American garb and said:
"[Hopefully the school] can make the right choices so all students of any race and culture won't feel singled out or like their race is being stereotyped against."
This mother's brain must be on loan from the same morons who want to change the name of the Washington Redskins football team. Rather than offend one idiot, the school caved and cancelled the event.
In another example of political correctness run amuck this week, an insane group of students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota took to Facebook to launch a protest against a "Hump Day" campus event, complaining that the event was culturally disparaging, inhumane and bad for the environment. According to the Minneapolis-Star Tribune, the event was organized by a student social committee just before finals, and would feature a real, live camel. Students, faculty and the public were encouraged to have their photos taken with the camel.
The protestors created a Facebook group titled "Protest Hump DAAAAAAY!!!" and said that the use of the camel is not only considered animal cruelty and environmentally irresponsible, but is also racist toward people of Middle Eastern culture. I'm guessing that in their small minds, the camel should be roaming free in the desert with herds of other camels and not be on a leash pooping on the grass of a college campus. Rather than risk further controversy, the student committee cancelled what would have been a fun-filled, family-friendly event.
It's this assinine form of so-called political correctness that is turning us all into sissies. We've become so paranoid about potentially offending people, that we're banning awesome stuff like Indian costumes and camels. And more often than not, the people who claim to be "offended" by such things, are actually just jerks looking for a reason to be outraged over something so that they can land a few minutes in the media limelight. It's pathetic. It's ridiculous. It's fake. And it needs to stop.
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