39 Replies to “John Cleese: Political Correctness Can Lead to an Orwellian Nightmare

  1. The frightening thing is how prevalent this PC is in universities and the lengths to which they want to go to to protect themselves from being in any way offended. I have always felt that university was the place to share and dispute ideas and thus help them to move forward to enrich our thoughts. However these students seem to have found the ideal way to stifle any new or imaginative thoughts. Thus paving the way to 1984 which horrified me when I read it; but I thought was not possible as at the time we luckily were allowed to be free thinkers and to offend people, without outright rudeness. I am glad people like John Cleese are speaking out about it.

  2. Orwell’s system didn’t work because it was physically and psychologically oppressive. Ours is better, it is emotionally abusively oppressive. People willingly step into the cages and swallow the key upon locking it.

  3. Could you go have a chat with Carlos Maza and Vox please? Thank you. Signed – A far left progressive who recognizes the dangers of limiting speech so no one gets offended.


  5. 201 thumbs down people offended and just don't get it. Cleese is absolutely right. I personally think why we have so many depressed people popping pills is because of political correctness and the lack of sense of humor. Laughter is life. Ignore the politically correct people. STOP giving them so much power.

  6. Thanks for sharing. Happy Freedom Appreciation on the Earth Planet . Happy Memorial Remembrance Holiday in USA. <> What has the World learned about standing up and sacrifices for key freedoms? <> FREE SPEECH, FREEDOM, OPINIONS, SELF-DETERMINATION: Are you allowed to speak freely and easily? Are you allowed to criticize a company, or a judge in your area, or to criticize legislators, or police, or prosecutors, or lawyers, or a governor? Are you allowed to buy or sell without asking permission from a government? Are you allowed to defend yourself with practical means in public, or in a court? Who is allowed to be considered as an Authoritarian for a viewpoint? Are we to believe the Citizens do not have Authority to have an opinion, or to assert rights? <><> Is the next Great War (now and beyond) simply the continuous attacks by authoritarian governments along with their allies and spies to act self-righteous with restrictions against regular citizens, who are focused on freedom and the right to be left alone? Some questions are so important they should be repeated. <><> PLEASE COPY AND SHARE. <><>

  7. Even the word political correctness is infantile.
    Whoever brought these words into being should have a bullet through his forehead.

  8. Most of the people who cry about political correctness always demands you to be political correct to them. Everytime i insult them, or generalize them, they get upset. Wah, why you name calling me?

    And what do i say?

    I did that to point out your hypocrisy.

  9. right. people don't think my jokes are funny so we live in 1984. that is the stupidest thing i heard in a long while.

  10. PC is the ultimate steppingstone to totalitarianism. It is the cover up for your right to free speech. PC is in all suppressed countries. PC sucks

  11. Didn't he also say that 'snowflakes' is a mean, derogatory term?
    Will the real John Cleese please stand up?

  12. Thrilled to find this video.  I thought I was alone in thinking about the parallels between George Orwell’s book “1984” and the
    social justice warrior movement, radical liberalism, and the current leftist college campus environment.

    Some examples:

    •           Newspeak (politically correct speech)
    •           Thought-police (antifa and college administrators)
    •           Media & entertainment (The Ministry of Truth)
    •           Doublethink (boys can be girls and girls can be boys)
    •           Ingsoc (Democratic Socialists)
    •           Elimination of sexual distinction (1984 supports the gender-neutral pronoun "comrade" and the Party is against traditional gender roles)

    It’s not Big Brother you need to fear.  We can see what he’s doing.  It’s the subversive agenda of the radical left infiltrating the mainstream
    via cultural Marxism (which the media claims does not exist!). Just look at Frankfort School Marxist and the Fabian Society.
    Wake up and take note that these agendas are being realized today!  Although fascinating, I believe this is more terrifying to watch.

  13. You know that it's really, really bad when JOHN CLEESE—one of the greatest comedic geniuses in history AND a strong, hard opponent of Trump—is alarmed by political correctness as it is today.

  14. "As soon as humour goes you lose a sense of proportion, then, as far as I'm concerned, you're living in 1984"
    That's a bit, disproportionate

  15. El célebre actor y humorista John Cleese, estrella de los Monty Python, afirma que la “corrección política” podría conducir a una sociedad al estilo de “1984”, en la que no se permita la libertad de expresión.
    Según Cleese, el temor a ofender a ciertos grupos que se ha instaurado en nuestras sociedades y la pérdida del sentido del humor, conducirá a un estado policial distópico como el que anunciaba George Orwell en su novela.
    La estrella de los Monty Python afirma que se le ha pedido que no actúe en los campus universitarios debido a su humor corrosivo, puesto que cualquier idea que pueda interpretarse como crítica con algún grupo social, es interpretada rápidamente como “cruel” y “políticamente incorrecta”.
    El veterano cómico Cleese dijo que lo que está sucediendo es por culpa de las personas que no pueden controlar sus emociones, y que por lo tanto, tratan de controlar a los demás.

    Cleese afirma: “si empiezas a pensar ‘ooh, no debo criticar o ofender a tal o cual grupo’, el humor se acaba, el humor lleva incorporado un sentido de la proporción, y por lo tanto, en lo que a mí respecta, estamos viviendo en 1984”
    Cleese, cuyos chistes sobre alemanes y sobre el camarero español Manuel en la célebre serie de TV Fawlty Towers serían considerados ofensivos en la actualidad, afirma que “toda la comedia es crítica”.
    Cleese apunta acertadamente cómo los periódicos británicos le ofenden todos los días con sus noticias repletas de “pereza, maldad y mentiras”, pero él no espera que eso deje de suceder, sino que simplemente habla sobre ello.
    Cleese afirma que la gente no tiene el derecho de ser “protegida de cualquier tipo de emoción incómoda” y defiende a ultranza el derecho de expresión de los comediantes de todo el mundo.

    Luego cita al psicólogo Robin Skynner, diciendo: “Cuando la gente no puede controlar sus propias emociones, entonces empieza a querer controlar el comportamiento de otras personas”
    Cleese añade: “Cuando estás rodeado de gente hipersensible que se ofende fácilmente y por cualquier cosa, no puedes relajarte y ser espontáneo, porque no tienes idea de lo que les va a molestar”

  16. Political Correctness was coined by Deng Tsoa Peng to distroy the gang of Four and once the gang of Four was defeated it was no longer needed and disappeared in China but slipped into the American lexicon and damned us.

  17. We are living in 1984 indeed. "The (global 21st century) table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice." — George Carlin … Yes this warning has already been mentioned since the early 1990's and nobody still doesn't seem to notice. In fact it was already mentioned thousands of years ago in prophecy but most humans don't seem to notice or choose to refuse to notice.

  18. There is actually a lot of hypocritical forms of political correctness or censorship of content,etc from both the left and the right ideology sides. In fact both have created debating myths against each other. The "grammar nazis" are among the biggest hypocrite abusers of the freedom of content and open speech.

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