Political Correctness has become a major problem in the world thanks to college students and that generation who are offended by almost anything that comes out of a comedian, politician, actor and an author's mouth. From a tweet that was trending today: 71% think political correctness is a problem in America but don't call them idiots for their opinions cuz that's not nice. Comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Larry The Cable Guy are among those who avoid doing college campuses these days. Jerry Seinfeld says colleges are too politically correct. Bill Maher, comedian and host of Real Time with Bill Maher, has made a career out of making fun of political correctness.
Here's my two cents: Lighten up people! It's a joke.
Now most of us are getting a kick listening to Donald Trump campaign. If there was anybody out there that needs to learn the concept of political correctness, it's him.
How does this affect writing? We want as many people reading our work without offending them. If someone is offended by something you've written, most likely, they will not read anything else you have or will write in the future.
Years ago, I had a cartoon series on goanimate.com called Stuck In Indiana. Like Family Guy, I was very politically incorrect which offended a lot of people. I got a lot of you can't say and do that emails. I was called a racist, anti-American, homophobe and several other things I can't name here. Not once in the cartoon did I say anything racist, anti-American or anything anti-gay. The whole point of my cartoon was making fun of political correctness. I have a few gay, black and Native American friends who thought the show was funny, because I highlighted the way people are and treat them. Most of the situations in the grocery scenes were based on actual things customers said and did at the store.
When I write my horror fiction, I do push the boundaries of political correctness as far as I can to get my political views across. My stories promote strong female characters. I make fun of Democrats and Republicans alike. I point out problems with the world today like racism, global warming, dangers of messing with nature and more. My editor makes me take out what she feels would offend too many people. Like the comic book code of ethics of the days past, I have a list of topics I won't deal with and situations I will never write about. I try to avoid religious views as best as I can, because that is a very sensitive topic among many of my readers.
When I first started writing professionally back in nineties, I was able to write what I wanted without having to worry about how people would react to it. Now, I have to think through each sentence, each paragraph and each page to make sure what I write doesn't cause people to go on a Twitter outrage and start a social media tirade against my writer career.
I just hope I didn't offend anyone with this blog
Derek Ailes is the author of four anthologies: "Zombie Command: A Horror Anthology", "Journey Into the Unknown: Deluxe Horror Edition", "Catfurnado, Zombies and One Killer Doll" and "Musings From A Demented Mind". He lives in South Haven, Indiana. He is currently working on first fantasy novel "Beast Within".
Derek Ailes is the author of three anthologies: Zombie Command: A Horror Anthology, Journey Into the Unknown: Deluxe Horror Edition, and Second Journey Into the Unknown. He lives in South Haven, Indiana. He is currently working on his new anthology: Musings From A Demented Mind.