Eh... I think it depends on context. And along those lines, silly humor from tosh.0Interesting experiment that is ... I think it speaks volumes about the current hyper-reactive -(PC)- trend our society has devolved into of looking for things to be offended by. Sure intent unknown some things might - by inflection - sound insulting...but racist?? No. Racist/sexist/elitist/whatever are all patterns of behavior, not terms or phrases.
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Yes, perception and political correctness. I think you could try to define these things as being "patterns of behaviour", but I'm not sure that psychologists would necessarily be able to agree with that without at least some better definition. The problem is that, in usage, such terms often seem to be merely clichéd ad hominem
attacks - simplistic and pejorative labels which appear to be intended to force other people to maintain the labeller's paradigm or cognitive bias - i.e., it becomes mandatory that the thing being labelled be perceived in that light
. If one does not perceive the thing in the "correct" light, then one is punished by the pejorative label being applied to oneself, either directly or by implication - e.g., "If you can't see that that is a racist thing to do/say, then you must be a racist also" (which is a non-sequitur
). This would seem to be irrational.
This reminded me of the following - seems a reasonably concise/accurate definition of "political correctness":
"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end."
(Texas A&M website)