Monday, December 19, 2011

Political Correctness to the Max

            When can we definitively announce that political correctness has gone too far? Right now, it’s not okay to show Winnie-the-Pooh’s friend Piglet on a tissue box in a kindergarten class lest Muslims be offended. It’s not okay to display a picture of Santa because non-Christians or the Keep-Christ-in-Christmas Christians might be offended. It’s not okay to use the word “man” when you mean “mankind” because women might be offended. Have we gone too far with political correctness yet? Apparently not.

            Toddlers at a school in North Yorkshire, England are no longer allowed to make hand gestures when singing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” These babies, who had been taught a few hand symbols to make singing this old song more fun, have been accused of making rude gestures. Apparently, the hand symbol used for “diamond” means “female private parts” in one of the many sign languages used in England. Although no children or parents involved in the school are deaf, administrators at the Sure Start center have banned the use of hand gestures with the song so as not to offend the hearing impaired.
            What can one say about this particular example of enforced political correctness? I’m rendered speechless.