Political Correctness Idea Pitch

Script:

Political Correctness is shaping the world, but how is it shaping North America. Some would say it’s ruining the country, and while I wouldn’t go so far as to say “ruining,” it’s definitely something we should be thinking about. There’s a question I will ask at the end that addresses this, and hopefully, as the audience, you’ll think about it yourself. So, before I go any further, political correctness, or P.C for short, is basically doing or saying things that are perceived to exclude, insult or marginalize people. This sounds like a good idea, and in essence it is, but it’s being taken to an extreme. People are completely avoiding controversial topics altogether because they’re afraid of offending others. This behaviour is keeping people from engaging in critical thinking and also keeping them from having the conversations they would like to have. It also makes people think that offending a person’s feelings is the worst thing you can ever do to a person, which is not the case at all. It’s important to be mindful of course, but offending someone, especially if it was an accident, isn’t the end of the world.

There was a study done that concluded that 71% of Americans think that political correctness has silenced conversations that people must have. I actually have never had a lot of experience with this until a few months into my first year of college, before university. My friends and I would talk about anything and would have meaningful discussions together. But in college, I noticed that people tried to avoid certain topics. There were things online that told me what I should and shouldn’t say. Even comedians who I loved like Chris Rock and Russel Peters, were being told off because of this thing called “political correctness.” This was going too far because people were getting angry at people for simply making jokes.

So, saying all of this, my question to you is: Why do we get so offended so easily? Why do we take everything so personal even when its not directed towards us? I guess those are two questions, but they’re tied together so they act as one. And please, ask as many questions as you might need. Also keep listening if you agree with the idea of political correctness, hate it, or are anywhere else in the middle. I’m sure that whatever your view is, I’ll look at it and we can have meaningful discussions together.

 

Political Correctness is shaping the world, but how is it shaping North America. Some would say it’s ruining the country, and while I wouldn’t go so far as to say “ruining,” it’s definitely something we should be thinking about. There’s a question I will ask at the end that addresses this, and hopefully, as the audience, you’ll think about it yourself. So, before I go any further, political correctness, or P.C for short, is basically doing or saying things that are perceived to exclude, insult or marginalize people. This sounds like a good idea, and in essence it is, but it’s being taken to an extreme. People are completely avoiding controversial topics altogether because they’re afraid of offending others. This behaviour is keeping people from engaging in critical thinking and also keeping them from having the conversations they would like to have. It also makes people think that offending a person’s feelings is the worst thing you can do to a person, which is not the case at all. It’s important to be mindful of course, but offending someone, especially if it was an accident, isn’t the end of the world.

There was a study done that concluded that 71% of Americans think that political correctness has silenced conversations that people must have. I actually have never had a lot of experience with this until a few months into my first year of college, before university. My friends and I would talk about anything and would have meaningful discussions together. But in college, I noticed that people tried to avoid certain topics. There were things online that told me what I should and shouldn’t say. Even comedians who I loved, like Chris Rock and Russel Peters, were being told off because of this thing called “political correctness.” I thought that this was going too far because people were getting angry at people for simply making jokes.

So, saying all of this, my question to you is: Why do we get so offended so easily? Why do we take everything so personal even when its not directed towards us? I guess those are two questions, but they’re tied together so they act as one. And please, ask as many questions as you might need. Also keep listening if you agree with the idea of political correctness, hate it, or are anywhere else in the middle. I’m sure that whatever your view is, I’ll look at it and we can have meaningful discussions together.