Hideously White

There is an amusing story in The Observer about the Commission of Racial Equality’s Christmas card. It features a traditional nativity scene, with a set of scribbles over it, suggesting ‘politically correct’ ways it could be improved:

‘Three wise men can’t be all men’ suggests one scribble. ‘The snow looks hideously white’ notes another. ‘Sheep should look more diverse’ reads another doodle.

Its good to see those who are often accused of having no sense of humour, satirizing themselves. Jamie Doward in The Observer worries that “liberal sensibilities” will once again be upset by the CRE. On the contrary, I think it is more likely that those already critical of Political Correctness will be the ones who get annoyed: If you already find the concept infuriating, then the sight of one of its primary purveyors sniggering about it might be even more annoying. Personally, I do believe there is some value in ‘Political Correctness’, but it is a tool which needs to be used in a more careful and nuanced fashion. The stereotypical ‘gone mad’ usage, as lampooned on the CRE Christmas card, we can do without.

The Pub Philosopher has a picture of the actual card, which I could not find earlier. Meanwhile, Cleanthes at The Select Society is unsurprised that some people on The Left do not get the joke. I hope my above post goes some way to reminding him that not everyone has had a senseofhumourotomy.

5 Replies to “Hideously White”

  1. Robert,

    You do me an injustice – my post was doing precisely this: celebrating the fact that the CRE has apparently had its senseofhumourotomy reversed.

    In fact, this appears to be precisely wrong:
    “On the contrary, I think it is more likely that those already critical of Political Correctness will be the ones who get annoyed: If you already find the concept infuriating, then the sight of one of its primary purveyors sniggering about it might be even more annoying.”

    Cleanthes

  2. You do me an injustice – my post was doing precisely this: celebrating the fact that the CRE has apparently had its senseofhumourotomy reversed.

    I think it is rather more banal than that – I was merging two posts into one. When I was referring to “some people on the Left”, I actually meant BLINK, which I see now was actually mentioned in The Pub Philosopher’s post, not yours.

    In fact, this appears to be precisely wrong

    In the sober light of dawn, yes, it does. Events in no way transpired as I predicted. I still think they should have done, which only goes to show how out of touch I am with both the Left-wing and Right-wing mentality.

    Ah well – at least I’ve coined a neologism.

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