Chris Rock comments on political correctness
Comedian Chris Rock spoke of the culture brewing on college campuses in a recent interview, stating that he no longer does shows for colleges because of their extreme political correctness.
Well, I love Bill [Maher], but I stopped playing colleges, and the reason is because they’re way too conservative….
Not in their political views — not like they’re voting Republican — but in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody. Kids raised on a culture of ‘We’re not going to keep score in the game because we don’t want anybody to lose.’ Or just ignoring race to a fault. You can’t say ‘the black kid over there.’ No, it’s ‘the guy with the red shoes.’ You can’t even be offensive on your way to being inoffensive.
He goes on to say that he and many comedians have been noticing this culture, which seems hostile to the less politically correct comedy. This came in response to Berkeley’s attempt to ban Bill Maher for telling Muslim jokes.
About eight years ago. Probably a couple of tours ago. It was just like, This is not as much fun as it used to be. I remember talking to George Carlin before he died and him saying the exact same thing.
This leaves us to wonder. Is there a single thing that social justice warriors can’t destroy?
Male victims have more privilege
Kaelyn Polick-Kirkpatrick, an Arizona State University student, recently published an article in the state press that both slams MRAs for criticizing feminism while still managing to be everything that MRAs have criticized about modern feminism.
She states that men should not be a part of the discussion on sexual assault because they have inherent privilege that prevents them from having empathy for female victims of sexual abuse. That even when males themselves are victims, they are entirely incapable of having empathy for female victims, and that by expressing themselves, they are interfering with feminist safe spaces.
Feminism provides a safe-space for women to cope with and fight back against the oppressive society in which they live. It exists because oppressed people often need support from others who can empathize with their struggles — men have privileges that prevent them from being able to empathize with the struggles of women, even when they are survivors of sexual crimes.
Oh yes, this woman just said that male victims shouldn’t even have a space to discuss their issues within feminism, and criticizes men’s rights activists for pointing out that feminism doesn’t seem to care about men’s issues at all.
It seems as though facts are often ignored by men’s rights activists, who accuse feminists of not caring about the male survivors of sexual crimes.
When men want a space in this feminist conversation, it indicates the already prevalent patriarchal desire to control how oppressed groups fight their own battles.
When men insist upon participating in feminist conversations about sexual violence, they make women feel uncomfortable by taking up much-needed space in their community.
The woman who just said that men discussing being sexually abused is patriarchal can’t imagine why MRAs say feminists don’t care about men’s issues. The stupid burns.
Modern-day masculinity can be as bad as the Taliban?
Actor Terry Crews spoke at a conference on “healthy masculinity” hosted by the White Ribbon Campaign. The actor has recently published a book entitled Manhood: How to Be a Better Man – Or Just Live With One.
To summarize, the talk sadly amounts to this idea that men need to stop rape and that toxic masculinity is harmful to men and women. It is simply the same old statement that patriarchy hurts men too and that men are basically self-interested sociopaths until feminism steps in.
… I’m living in the real world and you can drink the Kool-Aid all you want. A lot of guys love the Kool-Aid. The sports world is Kool-Aid world…. You can do anything if [you win]…. What happens is they win and they go, “You know that girl? She’s my trophy. I deserve that girl. In fact, she don’t even want to be with me, but I don’t care. I’m going to take it.” What kind of mindset is that? Never never never never never should that ever be accepted. That’s not “code.” That’s Taliban. That’s ISIS.
The problem is that what he’s describing as harmful masculinity is really just terrible people who happen to be men. If anyone is drinking the Kool-Aid, it’s him. Say it ain’t so, Terry!
The drunk girl in public hoax and its counter-video
On November 8, 2014, a video was uploaded to YouTube by Stephen Zhang Productions. It featured what appeared at first glance to be a prank video featuring a female actor pretending to be drunk in broad daylight walking down Hollywood Boulevard.
In it, the woman is constantly being hit on by men who want to take her back to their homes or a hotel room. As it turns out, the video was all one big hoax. All participants thought they were filming a comedic student video. However, the so-called student video was placed online as a “social experiment,” which went viral within days of its release.
The men involved were not asked to sign releases, and one reportedly got in trouble with his workplace after the video went public. The guilt felt by the film staff and the female actor prompted them to come forward with the truth, confirming the claims made by the male actors.
On November 24, a counter-video was posted on YouTube by the channel ModelPrankstersTV, doing exactly what the original video claimed it would do:performing a social experiment. An actress pretended to be drunk at 2 AM in the Meatpacking District of New York City.
The results were incredibly positive. All the men tried to help the woman in a variety of different ways. The first men resolved to take her to a restaurant to get her sobered up with coffee. The second man decided to get her onto the train. The third man even went so far as to give a taxi driver $40 to send her home.
The overall consensus seems to be that this kind of paranoid hysteria hurts more people than it helps and that people are still capable of kindness and compassion for others.