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Monty Python’s John Cleese: Too Much Political Correctness Makes Us Like 1984

Legendary comedian John Cleese recently did a video for Big Think talking about the dangers of political correctness. He said that while plenty of things offend him, he doesn’t go around telling the offenders to stop it.

“The idea,” he said, “that you have to be protected from any kind of uncomfortable emotion is one I absolutely do not subscribe to.”

This is why it’s a problem to be around “super-sensitive people,” Cleese explained, because “you cannot relax and be spontaneous because you have no idea what’s going to upset them next.”

Python certainly had their fair share of humor and caricatures that, had they been done today, would have been considered politically incorrect, and while Cleese understands the nice idea of not being mean to people, it’s been taking to the extreme “where any kind of criticism of any individual or group can be labeled cruel.”

“All humor is critical,” he concluded. “If you start to say, ‘We mustn’t, we mustn’t criticize or offend them,’ then humor is gone. With humor goes a sense of proportion. And then as far as I’m concerned, you’re living in 1984.”

Watch above, via Big Think.

[h/t EW]
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