As young adults continue to push for more free speech restrictions in the pursuit of protecting their own feelings, many on the other side of the debate continue to make their protests known. One such crusader against political correctness is stand-up comic Steve Hughes, who tackles the topic in a biting monologue.
“What’s wrong with being offended?” he asked his audience. “When did ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones’ stop being relevant?”
Parents have taught their children for generations to ignore those who call them names, he said, though now it seems kids are not learning that lesson before making the transition into adulthood.
“Grow up. Deal with it,” he advised. “Nothing happens when you’re offended. ‘I want to live in a democracy but I never want to be offended again.’ Well, you’re an idiot!”
Hughes concluded by exploring the inanity of passing laws against offensive speech.
“Being offended is subjective,” he said. “It has everything to do with you as an individual, or a collective, or a group, or a society or a community — your moral condition, your religious beliefs. What offends me may not offend you. And you want to make laws about this? I’m offended when I see boy bands, for God’s sake.”