The BBC have posted another story about some organisation taking political correctness to the limit and way beyond.
Bookstart, a charity who promote reading with children, has had the lyrics to “What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?” rewritten in a new book project, funded by our beloved government. So, the song we all know and loved singing as children is now “What Shall We Do With the Grumpy Pirate?”. Other lyrics have also been removed which refer to alcohol.
Protecting kids from harmful things is perfectly acceptable, and as a parent I’m all for it. However, this is just ridiculous PC gone mad as usual. I remember singing this song all through my Primary School years. Did it turn me into an alcoholic, reprobate, criminal, sociopathic, drug dealing granny basher or anything else untoward? Nope, and I suspect I’m far from being alone in that one.
This is just another to add to the long list of nonsense we have to put up with in this over-sensitive society. The article also mentions the 2006 fiasco where Oxfordshire kids were expected to sing “Baa Baa Rainbow Sheep”. I mean, come on. Why can’t we say black??? Who’s ever seen a f**king rainbow coloured sheep, which is really black? Talk about confusing the children. They’ll grow up unable to utter perfectly normal words because some prick has deemed them non-PC or abusive or whatever bullshit reason they dream up. It infuriates me.
I personally know a number of black people. Yep, put me in jail for saying it. Black people. There, I said it again. Some of them are light brown, some very dark. None are really black. In all my life, I have yet to have a friend or acquaintance with darker skin than my “white” who balk at the use of the word “black” when referring to their colour. The same as I couldn’t care less if someone calls me white. I’m no more white than they are black. They are just words. People really need to get their head from up their arse and see the world for how it really is. Now, using words like nigger and coon are very offensive and understandably upsetting to all. Yet, to prevent everyone (except black people, presumably!) from saying that B word is getting tired and old.
Who are these cretins who lie awake at night worrying about offending sheep of that “darker” colour than “normal”, “white” sheep? Who are you people? Why are you so anally retentive? Don’t you understand that to avoid using the word black, you are making more of an issue about colour differences than the rest of us? You are the racist ones. You are the ones with the problem. Why is it even relevant and why bother making it into such an issue? People are people. Some have one colour skin, some have another. So frigging what? Does it mean anything? No!
This white man is going to shut up now before his blood pressure rises any more. As far as I’m concerned, positive discrimination is as bad as, if not worse than negative. The same goes for political correctness in what they shout from the rooftops is now a “multi-cultural society”. If it’s multi-cultural and that means some people look, behave, speak or think in a different way, so bloody what? That’s got to be a good thing, right? So, why keep avoiding mentioning it?
All the best, whatever colour your skin is,