World gone mad

I was sent an e-mail today containing a link to an article on sky news about political correctness. (read before reading on here!)
All I can say is this is polictical correctness, and indeed the world really, gone totally and utterly mad. Its all down to parents now; teach your children the right way to sing nursery rhymes. It’s not about the political correctness of the matter, it never has been, its been about entertaining kids.

Don’t tell me kids get ideas about predudice from nursery rhymes; they don’t, its just entertainment. Kids will make up their own mind when they grow up about whats correct or not; don’t take away a wholesome childhood just because the mere mention of a colour throws up racism in your mind. Its utterly insane. Black is a colour, like white is a colour, like blue is a colour. The nursery rhyme should be seen in no more sinister a light than that.

These political correctness advocates need their heads banging together – hard.

Still, on a lighter note, if you really must change what in my mind are unchangable names, why not make them future proof. Who knows, maybe rainbow will be offensive someday. Lets make sure that the rhymes are open to interpretation and are not directly related to anything. I say use HEX coding for the colours, so we can keep black sheep, but call it 000000 sheep. Then for the political correct among you it’s just a number. And besides, in a world where the future is computers and technology, can it do our kids any harm to come out of nursery knowing HEX? ;)

   

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5 Comments

  1. Lib Said,

    March 7, 2006 @ 2:50 pm

    Well I’m black and I always sang baa baa black sheep as a child and still sing it now to my neice and nephew. In fact, I find it more offensive when the P.C lot enforce such opinions. Why should I be offended by a bloody nursery rhyme??? Ok if it was baa baa “black people r shit and should be burnt at the steak” then yes possibly. God, let it go!

  2. James Said,

    March 7, 2006 @ 5:23 pm

    I’m now longer calling the radio show Jazz Blues Fusion as the Blues part could be offensive to Eskimos’. How does Jazz Rainbow Blues sound?

  3. Kieran Said,

    March 7, 2006 @ 6:42 pm

    I agree whole-heartedly with Lib’s comment, in fact thats the entire point of the article; as stated, its most certainly not offensive, and is yet another example of drawing attention to and making an issue out of a non existant problem *sigh*

    James, you type too fast ;) Surely you meant “Jazz Rainbow Fusion” at the end of your comment there (and “no” instead of “now” at the start)…. still nice joke though :)

  4. Neon Said,

    March 8, 2006 @ 10:32 am

    Here’s a nice catchy version that’s soooo easy to remember:

    Baa baa indiscriminate shade woolly mammal,
    Have you any crimped hair fibre?
    Affirmative, affirmative, three containers full,
    One for the male human in a position of authority,
    One for the female human in a position of equal authority,
    And one for the juvenile male human who happens to reside a short distance down the street from our current location.

    :lol:

    This over-zealous political correctness is based on a fallacy. They fail to understand that words are just words; it’s not what they are that’s important but how they are used and what the person using them is thinking, as they are used. Banning the use of certain words isn’t going to prevent racism.

  5. Kieran Said,

    March 8, 2006 @ 2:27 pm

    Love the alternative! :lol:

    As for your second more serious paragraph, I agree whole-heartedly. It skirts the real issue while grinding down the freedom’s of people who have never done/said anything racist in their life, nor want to.

    Good to have you reading and commenting Neo ;)

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