For a lot of people, political incorrectness means putting the truth before other people's feelings. That point of view sounds great in the abstract.
Political incorrectness means different things to different people. For a lot of people, it means supporting freedom of speech above all things, fighting against censorship, and putting the truth before other people's feelings. That point of view sounds great in the abstract. But, when we look at it closely, we soon realize that the person that complains about this generation's oversensitivity is usually the same person that cannot stand seeing two men holding hands on the street. Also, the person who believes these days everyone gets offended by everything and nobody can take a joke is usually the same person who thinks women shouldn't curse, drink beer, or be openly sexual because it doesn't look good on them. This is, of course, a generalization. But lately, I've seen enough examples to know that precisely the ones that think of themselves as the most irreverent and radical are carrying the oldest ideas about gender, race, and sexuality.
Yet there's another way of thinking about political incorrectness and the following Instagram accounts are an example of humor and artistic styles that consider the current political climate, notice what the power hierarchies are trying to maintain as the norm, and go against it in multiple ways.
I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts when I discovered Lord Birthday. His creator appeared on the "True You" episode of NPR's Invisibilia, as the voice of a somewhat repressed polite man that suddenly decided to let his humorous impulses out through the creation of cartoons that soon became famous online. He makes fun of, and therefore questions, different attitudes, and situations we all encounter in life and consider normal until someone points out they don't have to be.
Rob Israel's illustrations take inspiration from pop culture to show its grotesque side. Take a look at his Instagram account to find some of your favorite characters like three-eyed monsters and, most importantly, read funny and well-thought cultural criticism in each of his images.
Rob Delaney is one of my favorite comedians. He has an account where as he constantly offers his fans his best selfie game, in which he acts like a hairy dad that loves being online but doesn't quite know how to do it. He awkwardly poses for pictures, shows his love for his everchanging wife and sons, and brags about respecting women. His political ideas make his comedy better. He is critical of the system while pretending to kiss its ass.
A lot of people brag about being politically incorrect every time they make an unfunny sexist joke. How is sexism irreverent? What's truly offensive about those jokes is how easy, ancient, and uncreative they are. There's nothing subversive about following those steps. Inés Estrada is a Mexican illustrator whose Instagram account has a better sense of humor. Her illustrations show the side of women that we're all taught to hide. That's politically incorrect, not a stupid joke about domestic violence.
Have you wondered why society hates vegans so much? Maybe because we're taught to ignore society's problems and to ridicule those who dare to talk about them. Because, apparently, cynicism is cool and caring about something is annoying. Whenever you hear another "edgy" joke about loving bacon so much, check False Knees, an Instagram account with a philosophical humor and talking animals that have way more insightful thoughts than the guy who thinks that eating lots of meat makes him interesting.
This account is filled with screenshots of guys getting aggressive and hostile when they get rejected or ignored. In a society in which women are taught to be quiet and to compete with each other, seeing other women share these images, hilarious comments, and personal experiences reminds us that we're not alone or particularly unlucky when it comes to our interactions online. In the current political climate, women's rights are being reduced, so the most politically incorrect thing you can do is to create a community where women can say that men are dicks without someone jumping in with the unnecessary "Not All Men" comment (they'll do it anyway, but who cares?).
Every time I hear someone say that political correctness is ruining comedy, I wonder if they don't realize that calling out sexism, racism, or homophobia isn't censorship but criticism, and it's a pretty basic way of starting discussions around a subject. Who's the one with the thin skin? The one with the willingness to debate or the one that shouts "censorship!" whenever they receive negative feedback?
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