Have you said I’m sorry lately?
Had to apologize for unintentionally offending someone?
It seems that as a society we’ve become so politically correct that it’s almost impossible not to offend someone about something.
Merry Christmas? No way, keep it generic and have a Happy Holiday.
And fueling a politically correct brushfire is social media. It seems that everyone is mad about something.
Just look at our federal leaders, at least one of whom is offending someone every day of the campaign.
“Misogyny in ‘certain’ types of music”
Yesterday Twitter blew up after an answer that Justin Trudeau gave during an Up For Debate forum when asked what he thinks are the factors contributing to systemic violence against women.
“I don’t know where exactly to point my finger. I think there’s probably an awful lot of factors that come together to shape societal behaviors, whether its certain types of music – there’s a lot of misogyny in certain types of music. There’s issues around pornography and its prevalence and accessibility, which is something I’m really wrapping my head around as a father of kids approaching their teen years. And there’s also just the shifting parental roles as well, there’a a lot of communities in which fathers are less present than they have been, or they might be in the past – and there’s a more need to have engaged positive role models.”
LISTEN to Trudeau’s comments in the video here at 4:48:
Toronto Star columnist Desmond Cole immediately took offence to Trudeau’s comments, posting a series of tweets. In fact, Cole posted so many tweets that he finally put them all together on a Storify post.
“Old Stock Canadian”
Last week, Conservative leader Stephen Harper raised eyebrows during a Globe & Mail election debate for using the phrase Old Stock Canadian when responding to claims he stripped refugees of rights to health care.
“First of all, the fact of the matter is we have not taken away health care from immigrants and refugees. On the contrary, the only time we have removed it is where we have clearly bogus refugee claimants who have been refused and turned down. We do not offer them a better health care plan than the ordinary Canadian can receive. I think that’s something that most new, and existing, and, and old stock Canadians agree with.”
That too, began trending on Twitter with some choice responses:
Then there’s NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, who got dragged into a controversy last weekend over a comment he made in 1996. During a debate 19 years ago Mr. Mulcair used the term “Newfie” in a derogatory manner, and at a campaign stop in Newfoundland that came back to haunt him, with people demanding he apologize.
Mulcair immediately reiterated his apology, while at the same time sparking an entire debate about the term itself.