Hollywood Does Politically Correct
by H. Becker
Have you seen this movie? It came out in 1994. It's about a bunch of ragtag
college students at Port Chester University trying to save their house from
being taken away by the politically correct administration. In passing it
makes fun of womynists and vegetarians, but when you get down to it, the
true "politically correct" enemy is the Reaganite conservative. The David
Spade-led creeps of the underground society "Balls & Shaft" are a bunch of
obnoxious pre-yuppies working hand-in-glove with the ridiculous female
college president Garcia-Thompson to destroy the fun-loving party types the
viewer is supposed to identify with. All these normal students want to do
is party and get laid, but the fun-hating conservative white males (along
with a few feminists) won't let them.
The climax of the movie is a rant by Spade before an assembled throng where
he foams loathing on all the liberal groups he can name; feminists, hippies,
peace creeps, vegetarians, dope smokers, etc. In other words, political
correctness really means oppression by the right, not of the right.
It is interesting to watch a term evolve. Let's see, the left has "racist,"
"anti-Semite," "Nazi," "sexist," "homophobe," and the all-applicable "hater"
or "hate group" -- plus the media power to make them stick. None of these
words was heard of before last century. Now you can hardly write an article
without them. Against the left the right has damned little in terms of
terms. "Politically correct" is about the only one. As best I recall, this
term can be traced to cartoonist Jeff Shesol in his days at Brown
University, where he created Politically Correct Man, or some such. Now,
for all I know Shesol himself may be Jewish. With a name like Shesol, I
wouldn't be surprised.
I don't think Politically Correct quite captures the venom or the wannabe
totalitarianism behind the mentality it targets, but that's beside the
point. It is the term that has succeeded in the marketplace (albeit the Jews
largely control what's offered for sale in that marketplace). What is more
interesting, perhaps, is the way the term has evolved.
Liberals are at once horrified by the term, and at the same time desperately
try to apply it to their own opponents. This is the scene at many colleges.
The leftist students have heard about the glories of the sixties, and are
eager to ply their own rebellions against the powers that be. But the
powers that be are themselves if not the true rebels of the sixties (most of
whom, as Camille Paglia has pointed out, went down in Dionysian flames) are
at least in concert with the political views of the Jew-led rioters of that
decade. So that we have two frustrated parties, students and
administrators, who keep wanting to fight the same old battle but who can't
locate any opponents. They end up either puffing up some remonstrating
conservative advocating colorblindness and low taxes into the next Hitler, or
they simply manufacture bogus incidents of racism and sexism and homophobia
to justify the next candlelight vigil.
The modern use of Politically Correct originally referred to the social and legal orthodoxies
set by the political left, principally within academia, but
increasingly in the wider world as its radicals spread through government.
Soon the term was being misused by "liberals" simply incapable of
perceiving themselves as oppressors, and incapable of admitting that their
side formed the new establishment. Since TV trains us all to be rebels --
not by reading and thinking and developing character, but by tatoos,
nose rings, wacky hairstyles and barnyard sex -- P.C. by the
nineties had evolved into a term used against whatever authority one
perceived oneself in opposition to. Often as not it came to mean simple
unmannerliness or tactlessness or bad taste, such as wearing a Hawaiian
shirt and pink Converses to a black-tie dinner. The political content was
shorn from it.
In PCU, blue-blazer-and-khaki types are gibed at as Nazis in the casual way
that makes libs grow long faced when you accuse them of being pinkos. Spade
"skippered Hitler's catamaran during the war," laughs Dros, the leader of
the good guys. Trying to gain admission to his own house, Spade is held up
by the idiot sentry who keeps asking questions including, Who killed Jesus?,
to which Spade responds, "The Jews." So we see that the Jews are not the
political commissars they were under Stalin and are on many campuses today,
but are actually the victims of political correctness. That's Hollywood's
idea of spoofing political correctness. The truth is that what we know as
politically correct would be better described as Semitically correct. There
is no tenet of PC that isn't subscribed to by the majority of Jews. Indeed
when polled, today's Jews define their Judaism as belief in the Holocaust
and other liberal causes; most of them have jettisoned the Talmud and Torah
as guides to everyday life. There is no tenet of PC that isn't supported by
the majority of Jews, and there is no politically correct cause of which
they aren't the most destructive champions.
The classic line in this movie comes when the ragtags are trying to figure
out what to do about the $7,000 bill the administration has presented them
for throwing meat at the vegans. They eventually solve the problem by
throwing a big party, but while they are brainstorming, one pipes up, "We
could go Waco on 'em, man: Blow up our own house!" What could be more
politically correct than that?
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