政治正確

荷李活影星 Jennifer Aniston 數天前上星視清談節目《Live with Regis and Kelly》時,主持人問及她在某雜誌封面模仿芭芭拉史翠珊造型拍照一事時,她說: “Yes, I play dress up! I do it for a living, like a retard!”

那知本來只是一句希望博得現場觀眾笑聲的自嘲笑話,卻惹來了各路正義之士圍攻

因為,她用了 “retard” 這個字。

弱智人士權益組織 The Arc 行政總裁 Peter Berns 說:”extraordinarily offensive and inappropriate… Frankly, someone in her position ought to know better.”

特殊奧運會發言人 Kirsten Seckler 表示: “People with intellectual disabilities have fought their whole lives for understanding and recognition. When people continue to use the R word, it’s hurtful.”

在美國,「政治正確」這概念已經到了一發不可收拾的地步,說自己低能也不可。

最初從一些被視為有性別歧視色彩的字眼開始,例如不應說 policeman/chairman 而應該改為 police officer/chairperson 才對。後來發展到其他任何型式的可能歧視,都變成禁忌。

所以,Handicapped 不可再用,而要說 People with special needs,又或者是 the physically/mentally challenged。

Jennifer Aniston 不應該用 Retard,而應該說 developmentally challenged。

老人家不是 Old people,而要叫做 Chronologically Advantaged。Blacklisted 變成 Banned,以避免傷害黑人…嗯,是美藉非洲人的感情。破產也不叫 Bankrupt,政治正確的說法是 Financially challenged.

一些比較中性的詞語,並不需要畫蛇添足。

有人半開玩笑的引申出去:
Crook – morally challenged
Alcoholic – Anti-Sobriety Activist
Blind – visually challenged
Cheating – Academic Dishonesty
Clumsy – uniquely coordinated
Dirty Old Man – chronologically gifted individual
Fat – person of substance
Lazy – motivationally deficient.
Poor – monetarily challenged
Stupid – intellectually impaired
Ugly – aesthetically challenged
Worst – least best.

其實如果心裡根本沒有覺得對方比自己低等了需要照顧的話,又那會想這麼多?我可不見他們不許人說 Rich, Handsome, White ……

嘴裡說得漂亮,但心裡可能比誰都更歧視。

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2 thoughts on “政治正確

  1. 罵你的可不是「受害者」。會否令對方難受也很難定界線,正所謂言者無心聽者有意。我絕對反對歧視,只是當每個用詞都如臨大敵般小心翼翼時,可能正正是在提醒對方低人一等雖要特別照顧,在曲線歧視。

  2. 其實只要用詞不令對方難受, 管它政治正確不正確呢? person of substance 比 Fat 更另人接受吧, 哈哈~~

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