Political Correctness: Mission Impossible?editor
“It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back.”It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.”
Streep was referring to a rally in South Carolina in November 2015 when Mr Trump jerked his arms in front of his body as he made fun of Serge Kovaleski, a New York Times journalist who has a congenital joint condition. Source
Although I think Donald Trump was wrong to mimic the disabled journalist as he did, until the furore broke around the story, I thought I was in a minority. Let me explain…
The “experts” have been arguing for years now, that disabled children, and children with learning difficulties, are better served by attending mainstream schools. They – and disabled adults – want to be, and ought to be, treated the same as everyone else. Don’t patronise them, we’re told. Nobody protects the able-bodied from impersonators and me, moi, myself and I get the mickey taken regularly on the basis that we’re all hard of hearing. In my workplace, colleagues in corridors would stop me dead in my tracks to mouth words, no sound, pretending to speak to me and I, mad fool that I am, not seeing the opportunities to file discrimination lawsuits, would laugh at their antics.
Most of us think nothing of mimicking others, or laughing when others are mimicked and so – correct me if I’m wrong here – according to the PC logic, there ought not to be any special consideration given to the disabled. That’s, I repeat, according to the Theory of Political Correctness.
I wasn’t impressed at all with Donald Trump’s impersonation of the journalist – not at all. It was in very poor taste and not remotely funny; a mimic is meant to entertain and that one manifestly didn’t cut the mustard. I do the odd bit of mimicking myself and I think – in all humility – that I’d be in line for a Hollywood award ahead of Trump based on his very unfunny mimic of the New York Times journalist.
So, this discussion isn’t about whether or not Donald Trump was right to mimic the journalist – I’m sure we all agree it will not go down in history as his most glorious hour. So, (although we’re not daft – we know that this incident has been dredged up from 2015 and is being hyped to death because the allegedly liberal elite are fizzing that Hillary lost to Trump) the core question at the heart of this thread is this: is it possible for any of us to ever keep on the right side of the new – and getting newer by the nano-second – PC rules?