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John Cleese: Political Correctness Can Lead to an Orwellian Nightmare

By JustaPassenger, 03/05/16

The essence of comedy is being critical, says Cleese, and that means causing offense sometimes. But we shouldn't protect everyone from experiencing negative emotions by enforcing political correctness, he says. Cleese's latest book is "So, Anyway..."

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Some good points made here. I sometimes think that some people exist only to be offended. They wake up in the morning and trawl the Media to find something to offend them. Any Brits out there who can tell me what Mary Whitehouse's real job was? (without Googling it).

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I have thought for a long time that in comedy the essence of a joke is that somebody (or some group of people) ends up being the butt of the joke, the fall guy, and if that person is missing from the story then there is no joke. There are very few exceptions to this theory. Even politically correct humour is generally making ourselves the butt of the joke.

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