For nearly a hundred years, America has been known as “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” thanks to Francis Scott Key’s ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ which became our national anthem in 1931.
However, in more recent years, America has become not only the land of the free, but also the land of the perpetually offended.
Please don’t say “Merry Christmas” — it’s offensive. Please don’t state your opinion on gay marriage, or other social & political issues — it’s offensive. And religion? Oh hell no — don’t even think about it, because, you guessed it — it’s offensive. In Europe, they actually make fun of us for causing such a big scene over “silly” issues, such as displaying Christmas trees on public property.
A few days ago, I came across an article about how Target publically apologized for labeling a dress in their plus-size section as “Manatee Gray.” Apparently, a large group of people were offended by Target’s blatant comparison of plus-size women to manatees, which, just FYI, is also known as the “sea cow.” …Moooooo. Just kidding, that’s offensive.
Forget the fact that the dress itself was a similar (aka identical) color to that of a manatee, hence the term ‘manatee gray,’ no, Target was clearly trying to offend all its plus-size customers who were in the market for a gray maxi dress. Shame on you, Target, your actions are inexcusable…now apologize to the manatees/sea cows.
The examples of when and how Americans have been getting offended in recent years could fill a book (Paula Deen, Juan Pablo Galavis, etc.) and I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of it. There’s a fine line between being reasonably politically correct and absurdity…but don’t tell the manatees that — they’re still upset.
Let’s examine the situation that unfolded last month when Phil Robertson, from A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” was quoted in a GQ interview stating his negative views on homosexuality. The entire country was in an uproar; some were mortified over the things he said, while others applauded him.
I’m not going to get into what I thought about his comments, but the thing that really got me was the fact that people seemed to be actually surprised by his response. I mean, sure, I can understand why it made people upset, but surprised? Really? What did you honestly think a 67-year-old, openly devout Christian man from the woods of Louisiana would say when asked about homosexuality? …”Being gay is perfectly fine. In fact, I wish I was gay! #TeamGay yay”…not a chance.
Since when did America become a place where you can’t be open about your beliefs? Whether or not those beliefs are considered as socially acceptable by the masses shouldn’t be an issue. I mean, isn’t that the point of living in a democratic country? No matter how badly you might want the United States to be a politically correct utopia, it’s never going to happen.
Achieving a perfect state of political correctness is an absurd ideology that the mainstream media uses as a bedtime story for those who cannot grasp the concept of someone not agreeing with them.
There will always be people who celebrate Christmas and use the term “Merry Christmas.” There will always be those who hate, or disapprove of gay people. There will always be people who don’t vote for the same political party as you do and there will always be people who go to a different church than you (or not at all, for that matter).
The only thing you’re achieving when you get offended by the slightest things (i.e. Target comparing you to an aquatic mammal, seeing a Christmas tree at the city park, etc.) is elevated blood pressure and/or a bad case of heartburn. My advice to you is quite simple…get over it. If you think you look comparable to a sea cow, do something about it — perhaps changing your diet, or exercising more would suffice.
Instead of exploding from ridiculous levels of being offended, look at the situation and change how you feel about it. You’ll never convince everyone in the United States that they should be Christian, nor will you convince everyone that being gay is acceptable.
What you should be doing (if you find yourself getting offended by a number of things in your environment) is surrounding yourself with people who love and care about you. Concentrate on the positive and focus your energy away from trying to make the world a politically correct place because that’s just not going to happen.