This week in the newspaper I saw this article about a news reader suing TV station for racism.
This newsreader was suing one of the colleagues, because he was mimicking different newsreader’s accents. Different background, different accents. The person in question was only joking around and did not intend to harm anyone.
Things about politically correctness are slightly getting out of hand nowadays. True there are people out there who tend to ridicule others. I do not condone this, but what's wrong with a bit of fun ? There are so many comedians out there using this as topic. I remember this Indian guy who was at Last Standing Comic. He made a lot of jokes about his own race and country. Making some remarks which got some laughter out of people. There is nothing wrong with this. It only gets bad when bad intended.
In my previous job I worked with people from a variety of cultures. Italian, Indian, French, German...
Our job could cause some stress and of course, we used humour to release that little stress and change the atmosphere into a more comfortable one. I used to talk with an Italian or French accent... even with an Indian one. The other's in turn mimicked me, my gestures, way of talking, giving me funny names... All was in good fun and we all respected each other, it strengthened the connection we had.
I mostly make fun of myself, not that I lack self-confidence, but it's just my way of, well, letting
my own steam off.
Does this make us bad people ? We do not harm anyone, we had great fun and we all respected each other.
Some nicknames can make other people feel uncomfortable. What if the person with the nickname is comfortable with it, is used to it, accepts that everybody else calls him/her like that... is it wrong ?
Agreed, some things cannot be said, as long as it's within the boundaries and nobody is getting harmed, there is no real problem is there ?
Now to come back to the newsreader suing the TV company. Turns out this person was suspended from the £150+ k job. Apparently there were some alleged expense irregularities in this person's job. There for which the person was suspended. So was this person genuinely concerned about the colleague’s "impersonation"/mimicking other people ? Or was this simply a revenge of some kind ?
This is where the word racism and politically incorrectness is misused. It is a dangerous path...
Ask yourself, what's truly correct and incorrect...
Please, feel free to comment on this. But remember comments are your thoughts but should still respect the
others, even if you don't agree. This is when you get good and honest discussion.
Till next time.