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PC gone totally insane!

PC gone totally insane!

Janet Albrechtsen, the unerring matriarch of common sense at The Australian takes issue with the PC morons who decided the 74-year-old song, Baby, it’s Cold Outside, was an invitation to date rape to a musical score. No one could draw a longer bow than that, most of us once thought. It is of concern that the issue got any traction whatsoever—but it did, and that indicates that the good work from all PC busters is not yet done. These cretins need to be rooted out and named, put on a register and painted green or psychedelic pink so that sensible citizens can avoid their infestation wherever they be. Wishful thinking. Anyway, Ms Albrechtsen explains the wicked path taken by the PC screwballs and how they sandbagged those of us that never imagined such rubbish could drive the push for control over our every though, word and deed.

Serious media outlets are debating whether it is permissible to play a 74-year-old flirty song synonymous with Christmas. Baby, It’s Cold Outside has been struck from some radio stations, dissected in The New York Times and discussed on Fox News and CNN.

Source: News Corp

Baby, now it’s even colder outside

It’s not the first time Baby, It’s Cold Outside has been critiqued. The difference is that, in 2018, more and more people are deadly serious about censoring a 1950s song they condemn as date rape to a musical score.

Have we gone bonkers? This is a bit of flirting between a woman who wants to say yes to a man who has the hots for her. But she teases him a little along the way to yes.

“I really can’t stay,” she sings. “Baby it’s cold outside,” he sings. “I gotta go away,” she sings. “Baby it’s cold outside,” he sings.

Notice that she hasn’t gone outside. She sings about a few deliber­ately lame excuses, then stays for “half a drink more”.

“I ought to say no, no, no sir.”

“Mind if I move in closer?”

She doesn’t mind, staying for another drink, a cigarette, more. The couple sing “Baby, it’s cold outside”, leaving the rest to the 50s imagination. This is not some Harve­y Weinstein-style Hollywood producer abusing his power with a young actress.

Nor is this Bill Cosby administering date-rape drugs to women. This is harmless, sexy, flirtatious fun. But according to today’s clin­ical lexicon of sexual chemistry there is no room left for women or men to play hard to get. These days, baby, it’s even colder inside.

Western liberal democracies surely are not in such a fine state of economic, social and cultural health that we have run out of more important issues to discuss. By all means, when peak progress arrives, let’s revisit whether Baby, It’s Cold Outside is a story of co­ercive sex and evil patriarchy.

The serious side to this is the rise of the new puritans. Not so long ago, a warning to staff about Christmas parties went something like this. Don’t get too drunk. Don’t insult the boss. And keep your hands to yourself. Most of us made it through to the new year, career intact, no basic commandment transgressed.

Today, dodging social disaster and reputational death is a much trickier equation. Especially for men. But it’s not exact­ly peaches and cream for women either.

The new puritanism has put down deep roots in modern liberal societies, striking down a song, a book, a word or a gesture, just as readily as other religious zealots from Islam or Christianity might condemn an exposed ankle or premari­tal sex. The danger zone arises from the convergence of the #MeToo movement, rising polit­ical correctness and the victimhood of identity politics.

Navigating this thorny troika of modernity requires a multi-volum­e set of instructions on how to make it through life, let alone end-of-year parties, without being crucified for sinning against some new commandment.

The first volume needs to set out rules about sex or, more accur­ately, any kind of interaction with the opposite sex. A generation of women is unwittingly drafting feminism’s New Testament, where a touch on the shoulder, an awkward pick-up line, a bad joke, even a stare, become sins of sexual harassment. A night of bad sex attrac­ts trial by social media, erotic paintings are removed from art galleries, strip clubs and grid girls are verboten too.

This new puritanism has taken hold at the highest levels, far beyond the unruly world of hashtags and wild social media platforms. A report last year by the Australian Human Rights Commission into sexual harassment on campus tried to pitch a story of a university rape culture. The report defined sexual harassment as staring or leering, suggestive comments or jokes, or intrusive questions about someone’s private life or physical appearance. On this dodgy meas­ure we are all victims, and perpet­rators, of sexual harassment.

Yet federal Women’s Minister Kelly O’Dwyer has charged the same politicised body to conduct yet another inquiry into sexual harassment, this time in the workplace­, to report next year. It doesn’t look as if 2019 will be the year we arrive at a more sensible understanding of sexual harassment either.

And this is the greatest tragedy of #MeToo. Serious issues, genuine sexual harassment and abuse, have been lumped in the same baske­t of grievances as a bad joke. Boorish behaviour is inevitable in a world made up of imperfect human beings, but not every episode warrants a hashtag for a new feminist crusade. In our rush to condemn sexism, we are also striking out sexuality, sexiness and fun.

The second volume to the new puritanism spreading across the West should list words, phrases and issues that must not be mentioned. A Victorian government bureaucracy has been busy this year demanding that workers use non-gendered pronouns. An MP from French President Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche party tabled a language bill aimed at fining peopl­e for ridiculing an accent. In ­October, the European Court of Human Rights convicted a woman for calling Mohammed a pedophile. That the prophet marrie­d a six-year-old girl doesn’t seem to rate as relevant for the new puritans.

This month, the British advert­ising watchdog decided to crack down on sexist stereotypes. Advertisem­ents no longer will be allowed to depict men and women in gender-stereotypical roles. Why not let consumers decide what offend­s them? Because the new puritans do not trust people to think for themselves.

Last week, comedian Konstantin Kisin was due to perform at the University of London’s School of African and Oriental Studies, at a gig organised by Unicef on Campu­s. He was asked to sign a behavioural agreement form that prohibited jokes that were not “respect­ful and kind” before he could perform. The form stated: “By signing this contract, you are agreeing to our no-tolerance ­policy with regards to racism, sexis­m, classism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia or anti-religion or anti-atheism.”

The new censors don’t trust an audience to decide what is or isn’t funny. Kisin, who was born in the Soviet Union, chose free speech over a behavioural agreement form. Whether there is room for humour in a world of growing puritanism has become a serious question. And not just for comed­ians trying to make a living.

Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson attracted millions of follower­s this year because he speaks truth to the new power structures. “I’ve studied authorit­arianism for a very long time — for 40 years — and they’re started by people’s attemp­ts to control the ideological and linguistic territ­ory,” he told the BBC after refusing to use gender­-neutral pronouns a few years ago. “There’s no way I’m going to use words made up by people who are doing that — not a chance.”

The third volume about the new puritans should address the nature of this modern zealotry. Writing about America’s new relig­ions in the New York magazin­e earlier this month, Andre­w Sullivan noted: “Another common­ality of the zealot then and now: ­humourlessness.”

Just as the puritans of yesteryear abhorred swear words, the new puritans condemn new words, certain ideas and even gestur­es. They punish heretics who drift from the orthodoxy, usually by demanding they be sacked. Mocking a vegan in a private email is enough for the mob to strike.

This new puritanism is more zealous than previous versions. Words have been redefined as a form of violence to justify dis­proportionate censorship. Safe spaces are demanded for protection from certain words and ideas. Campus hotlines are set up to dob in transgressors.

And these modern-day sinners are hunted down and mobbed on social media, too.

Unlike most religions, the new zealotry makes no room for redempt­ion. A few weeks ago, actor Kevin Hart was forced to step down as the host of next year’s Oscars after social media hounds found homophobic tweets from a decade ago.

Hart had already apologised for them many times through the years. But it did not satiate the whirling dervishes who administer identity politics on behalf of every designated victim group. Hart was forced to step down as host and apologise to the LGBTI community. As Susan Fowler wrote in The New York Times: “In holding peopl­e accountable for their old views — even ones they realised were wrong and apologised for — we are setting standards that nobod­y can meet.”

Sullivan is right that everyone has a religion, that we all seek out a way of life that provides meaning, and that growing secularism is no less religious. It has given rise to new forms of religions just as zealous as old established ones. From the cult of Donald Trump to the church of latter-day social justice activists, these new religions provide meaning to a secular people.

“A Christian is born again; an activist gets woke,” writes Sullivan, who argues that we are wrong to think the collapse of Christianity has led to a decline in ­religion.

“It has merely led to religious impulses being expressed by polit­ical cults. Like almost all new cultish impulses, they see no boundary between politics and their religion … They do not believe in the prim­acy of the individual, they believe the ends justify the means, they do not allow for doubt or reason, and their religious politics can brook no compromise.”

With Christmas upon us, Sul­livan’s final point is worth pondering. These new religions threaten liberal democracy. They demonstrate that our liberal democracy has been sustained by a form of Christianity far more tolerant than the modern religions.

And on that sobering note about the redemptive power of Christianity, merry Christmas and happy new year. Especially to the Kentucky radio station that played Baby, It’s Cold Outside for two hours straight last Sunday.

{ 19 comments… add one }
  • luk1955 23/12/2018, 6:47 am

    And as a result of the ban on this song, the song has now gained a whole new popularity. It really is a nice song. I heard it in several versions, a song I would have not listened to had there been no publicity. Fortunately I stopped listening to radio a decade ago, due to shortened versions of songs, djs going on about actors and not a word about musicians, and pompous djs thinking they knew everything. Not to mention 45 minutes of ads every hour, and a 20 song playlist that did not change in 10 years.

  • Finn 23/12/2018, 7:32 am

    Unhappy times. But, happily, girls and boys will still be attracted to each other forever and do the things they like to do from the first flickering flirty wink to family symphonies. PC can’t stop that.

  • Aktosplatz 23/12/2018, 8:14 am

    A great song – in the movie clip I think it is Esther Williams who is playing the female role.

    It takes a certain sort of sleaze to pull sleazy innuendos from it. If the hat fits – wear it!

  • Zoltan 23/12/2018, 8:53 am

    Using this logic there are thousands of songs that need banning, some with lines which are far more “obvious” of intention.
    I often wonder how folk would react to some of the Rolling Stones lyrics “these days” for example.
    On the other hand, there a thing called freedom of speech

    • Popular Front 23/12/2018, 10:52 am

      “…….hear him whip the women just around midnight….” OMG!!! Misogynistic sexual violence in song! Ban their ENTIRE catalogue immediately!!! (swoon)

      • Zoltan 23/12/2018, 11:20 am

        On the nose, you must know “Some Girls” too. Hahaha

      • Bwana Neusi 23/12/2018, 2:49 pm

        How about the “Pushbike song” by the Mixtures.
        “…If her daddy is rich take out for meal, If her daddy is poor just do what you feel”

  • Gregoryno6 23/12/2018, 9:02 am

    It’s beginning to look a lot like unintended consequences!
    This isn’t the best version of the song, singing wise. But pay attention to which singer takes the seducer’s role. (Hint: it ain’t the bloke!)
    Song begins at about 00:30.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtoW4aV-CIc

  • wal1957 23/12/2018, 9:11 am

    As with everything PC and/or ‘green’, they won’t stop. The demands or wants become stranger and the screaming becomes shriller.
    Those who govern are the idiots who have allowed this travesty to occur.

    Using their reasoning the song happy birthday should also be banned, after all could it be perceived to mean that the man is going to get a very special present from his loved one?

    On the note of Mohammed, he was a pedophile. That is a fact that cannot be changed. The truth hurts sometimes, Grow up!

  • Lorraine 23/12/2018, 9:27 am

    the left and the pleasure they get from PC ing all and sundry .That is the control they seek, they are so,
    so right and you my friend are dumb and wrong

  • Rubyred 23/12/2018, 9:57 am

    Amazing! yet no criticism of safe schools, telling very young children they can be a boy or a girl, teaching homosexuality, no criticism of the promiscuity of the LGBT crowd. They can all go and get nicked. I will never bow down to all of this socialist nonsence and I am a woman – I have had babies. I married a MAN
    I raised boys and girls. I am normal and I am a Christian. I bet I am a lot happier than any of these misfits. So there!

    • nev 29/12/2018, 11:19 am

      Spot on Ruby. The trouble is they recognise people like you and see the truth and that hurts these twisted minorities like nothing else. But leftist governments give them wings.
      After many many years employing people some still get passed a wary eye and play havoc with your workforce.
      We once employed a young woman who “came out” after securing her job. Turned out she had a striking figure and began to show it off, an apparent expert exhibitionist. First it was undone buttons then transparent tops and so it progressed until a senior female manager had to take her a side and request her to stop but to no avail. In her opinion it was her right to attract a partner in any way she saw fit.
      The main problem was that the more revealing her clothes the more insistent and assertive she became about who could and could not notice her and she had soon declared those who were unapproved to be perverts invading her privacy.
      She was soon interfering in the running of the company to such a degree that a planned quick termination of employment were soon implemented.
      These people abound in every walk of life but are usually easily rebuffed by the normal majority.
      Unfortunately leftist governments thrive on intervention to support the abnormal because a moral cohesive society is the threat to their long term intentions, DIVIDE AND CONQUER!

  • LadyMoonlight 23/12/2018, 10:08 am

    To keep you PC, here are songs that might offend, and why:
    Since they decided to pull “Baby it’s Cold Outside” from their playlist because someone was offended, I feel that these other holiday songs are also on the chopping block.
    How did our generation ever survive? Yikes!
    1. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus: subjecting minors to softcore porn
    2. The Christmas Song: Open fire? Pollution. Folks dressed up like Eskimos? Cultural appropriation
    3. Holly Jolly Christmas: Kiss her once for me? Unwanted advances
    4. White Christmas: Racist
    5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Sees you when you’re sleeping? Knows when you’re awake? Peeping Tom stalker
    6. Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Everyone telling you be of good cheer? Forced to hide depression
    7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Bullying
    8. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas: Forced gender-specific gifts: dolls for Janice and Jen and boots and pistols (GUNS!) for Barney and Ben
    9. Santa Baby: Gold digger, blackmail
    10. Frosty the Snowman: Sexist; not a snow woman and satanic due to magic and witchcraft
    11. Do You Hear What I Hear: blatant disregard for the hearing impaired
    12. Jingle Bell Rock: Giddy up jingle horse, pick up your feet: animal abuse
    13. Mistletoe and Holly: Overeating, folks stealing a kiss or two? How did this song ever see the light of day?
    14. Winter Wonderland: Parson Brown demanding they get married…forced partnership
    15. I’ll Be Home For Christmas: Not if you are homeless. That’s just Insensitive
    16. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer: Homicide. Extremely violent and promotes alcoholism.

    • Neville 23/12/2018, 4:30 pm

      Nice work there, LM!
      LOL

  • wal1957 23/12/2018, 10:29 am

    Lady Moonlight…I love it!

    I guess that means I am condemned as an old white sexist, homophobe, racist nazi… Gosh, where do I find the time to enjoy all these labels that are bestowed upon me by the PC brigade?

    • LadyMoonlight 23/12/2018, 10:49 am

      I loved it too (it’s not mine, I nicked it from some site). Just shows the way the world has gone.

  • Phil 23/12/2018, 12:01 pm

    Has anybody else noticed that it’s comments on social media that trigger these PC outrages? I believe that there was only a very small percentage of listeners who objected to the song in the US but it was banned as a result. So many PC actions now are purely to placate a small vocal minority of people and to hell with the majority.

    • Neville 23/12/2018, 4:45 pm

      Which is why, of course, that more people need to read “Social Justice Warriors Always Lie”

  • Tony H 31/12/2018, 8:51 pm

    Well actually Janet was one of the many wenches in the media rejoicing at Abbott’s demise and celebrating the rise of the Turd. Along with other such as Miranda Devine and that ugly old bitter hag Savva. Funny how we hear very little from those things since Turd self destructed. It was Janet that sat there with pathetic lickspittle Van onsolen on Sky news. I feel sick just thinking about that whole period. These brain surgeons wonder why we are in this current predicament! How the mighty Turd was going to save the LNP, when it is he along with his cabal called the “Black hand” that has caused this mess. I firmly believe had Abbott remained, Shorten would be history as Labor would have been trounced, he wouldn’t last two minutes against the cage fighter Abbott. Instead we had Mr pragmatic gutless appeasing anti machismo, who after all said and done was too busy running around stabbing his own team in the back, undermining key members of the party, while pathetically grovelling to anti conservative elements. Good riddance to the Turd, I hope history judges him poorly and his legacy is seen for what it truly is, it some sanitised false image that he himself has already started to create.

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