Tom Slater on how PC is bad for comedy of all political persuasions.
‘Are you worried we are going to offend ISIS? Are they going to write in?’, joked Howard, on his Sky show last week: ‘Dear Points of View, Imagine my horror when I was misrepresented on a late-night satire show. Farouk and I will be cancelling our TV licence. Please excuse my handwriting, I have a hook for a hand’ …
... But it reminds us that political correctness, for lack of a less tired phrase, isn’t just about silencing certain opinions. Rather, it’s a kind of free-floating speech phobia that can take over whenever someone strays into controversial territory – even to make, as in Howard’s case, a thoroughly right-on remark.
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