Gary Oldman was recently interviewed by Playboy and had some responses that will catch the ear of a few people. Since its Playboy, I won’t be linking to their site but I am looking for an alternative link. However, Independent Journal Review has sections of the interview available for reading without scantily clad women leering in the background. Needless to say, some of his responses somewhat NSFW, or at least read at home away from kids.
Looks like he and I share similar feelings about “Political Correctness”:
“I just think political correctness is crap. That’s what I think about it. I think it’s like, take a f***ing joke. Get over it. … I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all f***ing hypocrites. That’s what I think about it.”
And the intellectual dishonesty when it comes to calling out racism:
“It’s our culture now, absolutely. At the Oscars, if you didn’t vote for 12 Years a Slave, you were a racist. You have to be very careful about what you say. I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn’t share, but it’s not like I’m a fascist or a racist. There’s nothing like that in my history.”
Lot’s of people fee the same way as Gary when it comes the the hypocrisy of Liberal Media:
“Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a c**t—and I’ll go one better, a f***ing useless c**t—I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it.”
One thing that is pointed out that has people hemming and hawing is the fact that despite his amazing body of work, he has only a single Academy Awards nomination. Obviously with some of the things he’s said there will be a few roles he’ll not be invited to read for. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t support people like him.
And if you really need an answer the title of this post poses, yes, there is something to what he is saying.
Certain factions of the government (the “politically correct police” faction) is trying to force the American Football team, the Washington D. C. Redskins, to change their name. Why? Well, the term “Redskin” is apparently racist, or at the very least derogatory or offensive. Before we really even entertain such nonsense there’s one question we need to ask: Where’s proof of the word being used in a derogatory manner within the last 10-15 years?
Do a search with Bing or Google for the word redskin and exclude “Washington”, “football”, “sports”, and “team” and see what you get. Mostly definitions, some medical sites with pages on the skin condition, a movie, a used car lot website, and lot’s of sites saying that it’s offensive. But after 10 pages of search results in both, I couldn’t find a single example of intentional derogatory usage. If that’s not enough, feel free to go over to the News searches and see what’s there. Just more people telling you that the word is offensive, but no actual offensive use.
Because how the word is used can change the definition of the word, the question of recent usage is an important question. Take, for example the words “Gay” and “Queer”. Try to use the words “Gay” or “Queer” as their original definitions and see how many confused or concerned looks you produce. Most children will directly associate the word to the football team and will need to be educated as to what the word once was used as to show them that it could be used in an offensive way. That to me shows that we are moving beyond using “Redskin” as a derogatory word. As a simple, but effective test, I asked my High School aged daughter about the team Washington D. C. Redskins, and if she found that offensive or derogatory. She just said it’s the same as the Yankees and couldn’t figure out why it was offensive or derogatory. It goes to show, you have to be taught how to use it in an offensive or derogatory way in order to know it can be used that way. In other words, those who are so worried about you being offensive teach you how to use certain words in an offensive or derogatory way.
This brings me to something I discovered in High School. Being a typical adolescent who tries to be clever, my best friend and I began to use the word “friend” in a new way. We were pretty consistent in that use of the word, which meant the completely opposite of the word. Yes, we weren’t very nice at times. Pretty soon, you did not want to be called “friend” by a certain group of people. We realized just exactly what we had done, we took a good word and turned it into a bad one. It was easy. Does that mean that nobody should use the word “friend”? No.
I don’t really think that the use of the word as it generally is today is offensive or derogatory. I haven’t been able to find a recent example of it being used that way. I feel that using the word in a positive way In any case, someone will need to tell the Red Mesa High School that they will need to change their name as well. I’m sure that the Navajo High School would be happy to be renamed the Vikings or something less offensive.
Oh, and please, if you are referring to the “Washington” on the East Coast, please remember that it’s “Washington D. C.” so you don’t confuse that group of malcontents with the State of Washington and our group of malcontents. D. C. is slightly more corrupt.