We all know John Cleese for his comedic portrayal as Sir Lancelot the Brave in the cult classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” A lifelong comedian with decades of silliness under his belt, Cleese put on a serious face for the online ideas forum Big Think to address a major problem: political correctness.
“I'm offended every day,” he says. “For example, the British newspapers every day offend me with their laziness, their nastiness, and their inaccuracy, but I'm not going to expect someone to stop that happening.”
His two-and-a-half-minute video rant, first published in January 2016, is making the viral rounds again this week, having struck a nerve in viewers.
“I've been warned recently, ‘Don't to go to most university campuses,’” Cleese says, “because the political correctness has been taken from being a good idea… to the point where any kind of criticism or any individual or group could be labeled cruel.”
Cleese largely attributes the problem to people who cannot control their emotions, and instead want to control what others say and do. And it’s ruining comedy, he says: “The whole point about comedy, and believe you me I thought about this, is that all comedy is critical.”
But it’s not just comedy he’s worried about. Cleese also remarked that this kind of censorship can lead the world into Orwellian dystopia.
“If you start to think, ‘Oh, we mustn’t criticise or offend them,’ humor is gone,” Cleese says. “With humor goes a sense of proportion, and then as far as I’m concerned, we’re living in ‘1984’.”
Cleese says that it’s fine to be bothered by things. But instead of trying to prevent anyone from doing anything offensive, you can simply speak out about it if or when they do.
“The idea that you have to be protected from any kind of uncomfortable emotion is what I absolutely do not subscribe to,” he says.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina.)
A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts a call-for-fire during an artillery shoot south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Medvigy, a fire support officer assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is the first female company fire support officer to serve in an infantry brigade combat team supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston (Photo by U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)
Following Trump's inauguration, some supporters of ground combat integration assumed he would quickly move to reinstate a ban on women in jobs like the infantry. When this did not happen, advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief, and hundreds of qualified women charted a course in history by entering the newly opened occupational fields.
So earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal published an editorial against women in ground combat by conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald, the inclination of many ground combat integration supporters was to dismiss it outright. But given Trump's proclivity to make knee jerk policy decisions in response to falling approval ratings and the court's tradition of deference to the military when it comes to policies affecting good order and discipline, it would be unwise to assume the 2016 lifting of the ban on women in ground combat is a done deal.
R. Lee Ermey was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.
Best known for his iconic role as the Marine Corps drill instructor Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the war drama Full Metal Jacket, Ermey died April 15, 2018 at age 74 due to complications from pneumonia, Task & Purpose previously reported.