Weekend Rewind: Are people too easily offended these days?

Are people too easily offended these days?

Bottom Line: I’ve long joked about people who must wake up in the morning just waiting to be offended by something. Now, I don’t necessary think there are people who truly do, but I bet you there are some who are offended most days before they get out of bed in the morning. And some of them must work for Disney. I can only speak for myself, but likely for you too, when I say that not only was I never offended by the Muppets – I couldn’t have imagined anyone else being offended by them either. But now, thanks to especially offended crowd at Disney having disclaimed 18 of the Muppets shows on the Disney+ service, we know we should be offended. Part of what’s instructive in this exercise is that evidently the offended types literally watched the shows looking for moments to possibility be offended and they found them...as they only disclaimed certain shows they found to be offensive. As for the disclaimer used. It reads...

This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together.

Face palm material for sure. And because I can’t specifically recall anything questionable in the Muppets, even by snowflake standards, I’m not sure if we’re being saved from racism, bigotry, homophobia or all of them. So, here’s the thing, do you think people are too easily offended? There’s a pretty good chance. A 2016 survey was conducted by the Pew Research Center on the topic. On the question as to if “Too many people are easily offended” most said – yes. By a 59%-39% margin. This included a majority of both men and women. But there was one grouping of people who did answer, “People need to be more careful with language to avoid offending people”. Democrats. All roads do seemingly lead back to politics these days and this is no exception. While 78% of Republicans and 68% of Independents said too many people are too easily offended – only 37% of Democrats thought that was the case. So here we are. Democrats are in near complete control of the entertainment industry thus Muppet disclaimers.

My question is this... If you’re offended by the Muppets, what in society aren’t you offended by? And it’s not my intent to be crass, simply to be real. If by chance the Muppets do offended you – you'd better get a job for Disney or else life will surely kick your a**, or Miss Piggy as the case may be.

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