Thursday, November 03, 2016

Politically correct Halloween directive points to an Orwellian future

A comment from Australia.  18C is an Australian law against "hate speech"

FOR the first time ever, Halloween tonight will be genuinely scary. Not because of the costumes the kids will be wearing, but because of the costumes that they won’t be wearing.

The University of Florida, a bastion of sanctimonious political correctness worthy of our own quasi-Marxist tertiary institutions, posted on its website a fortnight ago:

“If you choose to participate in Halloween activities, we encourage you to think about your choices of costumes and themes. Some Halloween costumes reinforce stereotypes of particular races, genders, cultures, or religions. Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offence to groups of people. Also, keep in mind that social media posts can have a long-term impact on your personal and professional reputation.”

Halloween is traditionally a time for terrifying kids, but this sinister censorship threat takes creepiness to a new level. In fact, it points to a totalitarian future that is scarier than the worst Halloween nightmare.

In the first sentence, “choose to participate” and “think about your choices” are weasel words that actually mean “we have made the decision for you”. This is made clear in the disgusting, unambiguous threat in the final sentence, which is tantamount to an Orwellian promise to keep tabs on you via social media and punish you and your entire career should you deviate from the politically “correct” path.

Wearing a Donald Trump mask might land you in hot water with feminists if there’s any mock groping involved.
But the truly repellent part of this Big Brother directive comes in the claim that costumes can be “offensive” to cultural identity groups, be they “races, genders, cultures or religions”. Sound familiar? This is the old 18C trick.

Here’s how it works.

I’d like to go along to the students’ Halloween fancy dress party as Frank N. Furter, the pansexual, cross-dressing mad scientist from The Rocky Horror Show. That’d be cool! Except it isn’t.

Some killjoy trawling students’ Facebook pages reports me for “mocking” the LGBTQI community.

Perhaps, instead, I’ll go along dressed as a Mad Mullah. Topical costumes are always fun. It’s Halloween after all, and what’s scarier than a bloke with a long black beard in a white robe wandering into your party clutching a copy of the Koran? (It’s actually just an old Bible but I crossed that out and wrote “Koran” on it instead.) Plus, it’s a pretty cheap costume and even better, my girlfriend decides to accompany me dressed in a giant black bin-liner with a slit cut out for her eyes. What a hoot.

Oops. Stupidly we allow ourselves to be photographed getting drunk, someone sticks it on Instagram, and there goes not only the rest of our education but our careers as well, because we have “offended” Muslims. This we did, they tell us, (a) by mocking their “cultural” clothing and religion and (b) by getting pissed while doing so.

OK, I need to be more imaginative. We’ve just been studying 12 Years A Slave in our cultural-political-media course, so why not go as my hero, Solomon Northup, in that scene where he survives getting lynched? That’s classic Halloween stuff! All I need is a rope around my neck, a bloody torn shirt, bare feet and to paint my face black …

Oh damn. There goes my career again.

Then how about I go as Donald Trump and my girlfriend goes as Miss Universe. Then, as we walk together into the party, I turn and grope her! That’d be funny. We’d be bound to win!

Unfortunately, the feminists report me and my girlfriend to the university.

The truly repellent part of the University of Florida’s Big Brother directive to “think about your (costume) choices” comes in the claim that they can be “offensive” to cultural groups.
You may think I’m joking, but this same self-censorship will be going through the minds of many Australians this year for the same insidious reason: political correctness gone creepy.

Remember, it was only recently that our own basketball star Alice Kunek was hounded by Australian Race Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane for wearing “blackface”. Her crime? Posting on Instagram a photo of herself going to a fancy dress party as her favourite singer, Kanye West.

Unless such intolerant commissioners are removed and the insidious 18C repealed, our kids can look forward to a very bleak future.



Anonymous said...

Dictatorship is just around the corner.

Anonymous said...

The scariest costume is a Trump mask. Don't vote for that fucking asshole.

Anonymous said...

2:49 Not as scary as Hillary! Don't vote for that Lying crook. (I don't have to use foul language to make a statement)

Anonymous said...

Apparently the corrupt sewage that occupies Washington, DC is of no concern at all to Anon 2:29.
That someone can be so blind to reality is indeed scary.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately I am an alumnus of U of F and the university that is there now is a pale comparison to thirty years ago. I remember people dressed as John Lennon complete with blood and bullet hole the year after his death. Crass but they were not thrown out of the university. There was also a tradition to cross dress as a "squaw" in FSU colors and jersey (since FSU and UF are perennial rivals). This was to mock that FSU used to be an all women university which is again crass but totally out of bounds today.
But the scariest thing? That people are still going to vote for Lying Hillary because it benefits them or their sacred beliefs.


Anonymous said...

"corrupt sewage that occupies Washington, DC"

The rethuglicans are in charge of the congress - both houses. I agree. Let's get rid of the right wing obstructionist assholes in DC on November 8.

Bird of Paradise said...

A perfect costume for a liberal PAJAMA BOY

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:36 Sewage in DC is defined as the turds in the White House and all their appointed turdlet minions throughout government. If you love their type of corruption so much, why not move to a lovely African nation. I'm sure the diversity you provide will be most welcome. Well maybe not.

Stymphalian Bird the man eating bird witha brass beak and shoots his feathers said...

Anon 1.57 In that case the sewage from the whitehouse should be consitered Toxic Waste

Bad Hombre said...


You must me one of the deplorables. A textbook example.

Anonymous said...

Bad Hombre is a classic example of the see no evil, hear no evil, but trash talk all day long leftist. The truth stares him in the face, yet he cannot comprehend.