The rise and fall of the political correctness

In the late 20th century, the political correctness became a movement in his own rights, almost an art of renaming things to avoid hurting any sensibilities. Nowadays, being politically correct is taken granted in any public figure. No one wants to hurt the feelings of any colective, specially in countries like the United States, where sueing is one of the national sports. In Spain, we haven’t reached that point, but we have embraced the political correctness without hesitation and a bit of joy.

Our political class is the one who has worried more about being politically correct. In a country like ours, with a strong system of territorial divisions, the Estado de las autonomías, and a stronger sense of dispute between neighbours, the political leader has to be very careful with is statements and interviews. The risk of underestimating other colective or autonomía is always there, and so, the political correctness and the carefully-prepared speeches are common places in the public appearences of our media figures.

That risk is not exclusive to politics. Sports, culture, economics… all the fields that implies public exposition are subjected to political correctness. In fact, as the information society developes and the amount of information and media grows, it’s becoming more and more difficult to escape and being politically incorrect. Someone, somewhere, will notice and you’ll be instantly booed and even humiliated. Thus, only comedians are allowed to break this wall in the context of humour, and not always.

Is it good? Any form of repressing the freedom of speech is wrong, but that freedom doesn’t allow you to say anything you want. All legal codes in the world define and delimitate the rights and freedoms of  their citizens and that’s the only criteria that should be used. Not a criteria whose only value is that is fashionable or classy. That is what is wrong.