...at best, it's just tired. zuky has more:
However, there's one political cliché so popular, so omnipresent, so densely far-reaching, that it is without doubt the greatest cliché of our time. It is the One Cliché to rule them all: "political correctness" and its variants. What's striking about the repetitive droning complaints about "PC" (from both conservatives and liberals) is that the expression itself, and the concept it invokes, is as sloppily unexamined as it is pedestrian.
The phrase "politically correct" can be used in two distinct ways: either with its original literal meaning, or with the mocking sarcasm that's common these days. I'll get to the former in a moment, but I'll begin with the latter. As it's commonly used, "PC" is a deliberately imprecise expression (just try finding or writing a terse, precise definition) because its objective isn't to communicate a substantive idea, but simply to sneer and snivel about the linguistic and cultural burdens of treating all people with the respect and sensitivity with which they wish to be treated. Thus, the Herculean effort required to call me "Asian American" rather than "chink" is seen as a concession to "the PC police", an unsettling infringement on the free-wheeling conversation of, I suppose, "non-chinks". Having to refer to black folks as "African Americans" rather than various historically-prevalent epithets surely strikes some red-blooded blue-balled white-men as a form of cultural oppression. Having to refer to "women" rather than "bitches" lays a violent buzzkill on the bar-room banter of men preoccupied with beating on their chests and off other body parts.
...In this context, the conceit that "political correctness" constitutes a violation of free speech is particularly zany; as though society's marginalized groups wield oppressive power over the dominant mainstream. Actually, as far as I'm concerned you're free to call me "chink" and I'm free to call you "moronic racist loser"
and he's right (you'll see this bit if you go to the site) in that real political correctness means "alignment with the state," or the seat of (real) power. Saying the same goddam thing South Park or Sarah Silverman has just said on national television to the rapturous applause of millions of people, only far less funny or clever (which is what makes it more offensive, as boring the crap out of people is also offensive), doesn't make you some sort of Daring Darington, much less, like, a THREAT to the SYSTEM, POWER to the PEOPLE, BAYBEE! It just makes you, well, kind of a dick. An unoriginal, unfunny, unthinkingly racist/sexist/whatever, dick. Sadly, there is no shortage of your sort of person; no, you aren't special, either. Deal with it.
And yes, once again, that very much applies to the next oh-so-brilliant iconoclast who decides that photoshopping blackface onto the political target of hir choice is a really good idea.
I mean, at minimum: go see this movie, okay, and then come back and be one quarter as jaw-droppingly outrageous. You still might not be funny, but at least you might command a few more points for sheer chutzpah. Photoshop: not gonna cut it. Unless you'd care to include, like, compromising pictures of yourself and a few farm animals or something.