Our Need To Not Offend

This post is inspired by a conversation my husband and I had just this morning as we laid in bed and caught up on the most recent episode of South Park. Now, hear me out as I promise this is going somewhere. This particular episode, entitled Stunning & Brave, largely pokes fun at political correctness (PC) when a new principal comes to take over the elementary school in South Park. What I enjoyed about this particular episode is how the creators managed to highlight how our society tries so hard to not offend others, but in doing so it suppresses any kind of dialogue about a given topic. Whatever happened to having the right to have an opinion or believe something that may go against the societal-grain?

Our Need to Not Offend

Speaking of being PC, my husband and I began discussing the current hot topic of Joy Behar’s comments about Miss Colorado’s talent of being a nurse and wearing her scrubs during that portion of the pageant…and most specifically wearing a stethoscope around her neck. If you’re not familiar with this story, on an episode of The View the ladies were discussing the talent portion of the Miss America pageant when Michelle Collins, a fellow co-host, mentions the talent of one of the contestants, Miss Colorado, being that she wrote her own monologue. She poked fun by saying that she, “essentially read her emails out loud” and goes on to point out that in doing so it wasn’t a real talent. Then, Joy Behar makes the comment heard ‘round the living room of stay-at-home moms everywhere when she said, “why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on?”

In order to fully understand the spark to this now pop culture firestorm against The View and Joy Behar, here are snippets of the comments in question.

Since the backlash from nurses everywhere and the invention of the hashtag #nursesunite, major companies are pulling their advertising from The View and making statements about how they fully support the hard work and dedication of our country’s nurses. Even Joy Behar has issued an apology because that’s what is expected of her as if it will make any bit of difference. It’s just fascinating that that one comment about a stethoscope has caused this uproar about the image and roles of nurses being degraded, which is not at all what I took away from that comment. But, I suppose to each their own.

My concern stems from the fact that we strive so hard for political correctness that it has only stifled potential conversation and us, as the American public, have become so quick to feel offended by every little thing people say or do. I’m not just talking about the comments from celebrities or people in the public eye, but everyday people. I remember learning a valuable lesson in my early adulthood about being comfortable with my values and beliefs, even if others disagree with them. Simply put: I can’t spend the hours in my day worrying about the opinions of others because when I do it takes away from my personal happiness. And that I am not willing to sacrifice.

A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
Proverbs 19:11

 What are your thoughts about the topic of Joy Behar’s comment, the Miss America pageant, or our current state of political correctness? Let’s discuss in the comments (any hateful or rude comments will be deleted).

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