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Posted on Sun, Dec 29, 2013 00:37

Should people in the media lose all that they have worked for over the years (careers & endorsements) for sharing a comment about another race or someones' sexual orientation. Are we as a society being too harsh or should they just apologize if necessary and move on?  What is the correct answer? If the person is sharing an opinon and not making a negative statement, is there a difference? Are they obligated to be politically correct all the time or can they be human like the rest of us who make mistakes.

 

 



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Posted on Fri, Jan 03, 2014 03:30

I tend to live by the rule if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all. 

 

When people speak out negatiley towards others it only makes themselves look bad. Who are they to comment on someone else's race? Who are they to comment on someones sexual orientation?

 

People in the media sometimes land themselves in to trouble by speaking without thinking. Often an apology is enough depending on what they have said or done. Some have lost careers.  There was a case I saw on facebook just recently where this model who works in PR had tweeted that she was going to Africa, hoped she didn't get aids. Then said just kidding, I'm white.  Not sure what happened to her but I imagine she will have been fired and should not be allowed into Africa ever!

 

Sarah



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Posted on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 02:46

when you say "people in the media" do you mean people that inadvertently end up featured in the media as part of their target to raise their public profile (i.e politicians,hospitals,public services, armed forces etc...) or  people that build a career in the media like actors, athletes, talk show hosts?

 

 

I believe the FIRST category is responsible to ALWAYS be politically correct when voicing an opinion be it personal or not, it is a big responsibility to be in office or part of the organisation where they are. Either elected there or by choice of the job they have a huge influential capacity and a responsibility towards the people that they represent. This is a round the clock job. There is no such thing as personal social interaction, the general public should not have to sit and wonder if the faux-pas or the drunken rant came from their local town Mayor or from Johnny Bravo who also happens to double as a mayor sometimes. A "sorry " does not cut it. 

 

The SECOND category should get away with an apology.If the apology is genuine it will usually work . It's up to the ofended party to forgive and not for us as public opinionators to moderate to what degree they should be punished or whether their careers deserve shredding to bits. However I have little time for hypocrits and I do admit I stop favouring an actor or a famous journalist-writer if I dislike something regarding his personal beliefs in an unrelated interview... I'm a big fan of boycotts on my personal (and close circle of friends) level

 

But I completely disagree about punishing ANYBODY for having a sexually active imagination or better said a socially active sexuality ;-)) Now that, I love !

 



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Posted on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 08:00

Quoting rmac22:

Some persons "know" they are "superior," but are entirely too kind, tactful, and polite to ever remind those who are "inferior" of that fact.  Not a bad position if one is of that bent.  No one is obliged to be politically incorrect.   Honesty does not compel one to be tactless, unkind, hateful, or politically incorrect. 

 

 

I do think some public figures were punished entirely too harshly and others got off entirely too easily.  Some pretty egregious stuff was just ignored in some cases, and also some forgiven on very weak grudgingly given apologizes; whereas others were drastically punished / careers ruined for just about nothing.

 

 

RMac

 



Wow....Soooo well said RMac.  It's absolutely correct!  (IMO)



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Posted on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 07:44

I hate political correctness.  It's just ridiculous (I'm about as un-politically correct as you can get by the way). I don't see why anyone should apologize about any comment they made. Presumably this comment (whatever it was) offended a lot of people.

It always amazes me how people can get offended by something someone said. Nothing offends me as someones opinion is simply that. Why should I care?

Put it this way, if you were watching a tv program and suddenly it was interrupted by breaking news that a giant meteor was heading towards the Earth and everyone would die in 3 days do you think in the following 72 hours anyone would get offended by anything someone said?

 



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Posted on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 07:23

Some persons "know" they are "superior," but are entirely too kind, tactful, and polite to ever remind those who are "inferior" of that fact.  Not a bad position if one is of that bent.  No one is obliged to be politically incorrect.   Honesty does not compel one to be tactless, unkind, hateful, or politically incorrect. 

 

 

I do think some public figures were punished entirely too harshly and others got off entirely too easily.  Some pretty egregious stuff was just ignored in some cases, and also some forgiven on very weak grudgingly given apologizes; whereas others were drastically punished / careers ruined for just about nothing.

 

 

RMac

 



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Posted on Sun, Dec 29, 2013 17:25

No one is obligated to be politcally correct.  To be politcally correct is to be dishonest from the outset.

Just be honest.  Plain honest. 



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