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Thursday, 26 February 2009

Couldn't agree more, Mr Eastwood

Hollywood legend CLINT EASTWOOD laments the loss of old-fashioned humour in today's society - insisting he should be able to tell harmless jokes about nationality without fear of people branding him a "racist".
The Dirty Harry star, 79, is adamant that modern culture has become humourless, and accuses younger generations of spending too much time trying to avoid being offensive.
He says, "People have lost their sense of humour. In former times we constantly made jokes about different races. You can only tell them today with one hand over your mouth or you will be insulted as a racist.
"I find that ridiculous. In those earlier days every friendly clique had a 'Sam the Jew' or 'Jose the Mexican' - but we didn't think anything of it or have a racist thought. It was just normal that we made jokes based on our nationality or ethnicity. That was never a problem. I don't want to be politically correct. We're all spending too much time and energy trying to be politically correct about everything."


Charles Gramlich said...

I'm sure he'll get in trouble for this one, but I guess he's old enough and rich enough that it doesn't matter. I certainly think the term racist is flung around way too much these days.

David Cranmer said...

What's the PC scene like in the UK?


In the UK it's terrible. I abhor racism myself but I don't think casterating the language is the answer.

David Cranmer said...

I would say the US is probably at the same level.

Ray said...

Yep - you can't say anything here without upsetting some minority group.
I had thought about seeking political asylum in Australia. At least, the Australians had the sense to say we were here first and this is our country - if you don't like it go and live somewhere else.

Barbara Martin said...

Mr. Eastwood has a valid point.