J.k. Rowling, Ricky Gervais and the survivors of the Monty Python Michael Palin and John Cleese have something common: everyone has arrived the expansive wave of Woke culture, XXI century version of what in the 80s we knew how politically correct, amplified By the vigilant eye of the networks and by a social conscience taken to the extreme in topics such as racism or gender identity.
JK Rowling, without going any further, has been the great absent in the recent celebrations of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter films and has received the furry criticisms of the actors and thousands of fans for their comments on transgender people. The writer, tilde of "radical feminist transhinist" (Terf, for its acronym in English), says we have received "sufficient death threats to soak" the house of it in Scotland.
Rowling had the daring to criticize on Twitter the use of the expression "menstruating people" in June 2020. Since then, and in the middle of the pandemic, everything has been a career of obstacles against the author of Harry Potter, besieged in the lower networks Comment on gender identity. Mean hundred of figures of British culture, such as Ian McEwan and Tom Stoppard, came out in the defense of it in an open letter in The Sunday Times in which they consider it victim of "an insidious, authoritarian and misogynical trend".
Actor Ricky Gervais, presenter of the Golden Globes, is still persecuted by his "Transfábico" fame in the networks for his frequent jokes, a couple of years ago with his serious comments: "We need to protect the rights of women, and Do not erode them because some men have found a new and cunning way to dominate a whole sex. "
Gervais just express his desire to "live enough to survive the Woke generation" and attend a change of mentality in his country and in the rest of the world: "You can not censor what I said 10 years ago because you do not know what It will happen within 10 ".
Michael Palin and John Cleese fit together with fuss the reviews of the former comedy director of the BBC Shane Allen, which hinted that the Monty Python would not have today on British public television "because they would be perceived as six white types and Privileged Oxbridge ".
Michael Palin, co-author of a large part of the surreal jokes of the legendary Flying Circus, rejected Allen's comments as "stupid" and recalled the role of the group in the history of television comedy. "The new wave of the politically correct is having a maximum rigidity effect on creativity," John Cleese denounced. "We can not organize society to please the most susceptible, because then we would have a neurotic society."
Ruching the curl, Cleese considers that it is literally impossible "to make a joke Woke (" Woke Joke ", in English), no matter how the BBC is insisted on giving new life to the comedy with UNSAfe Space on its radio channel, open to humorists Of all the political spectrum: from Tony Law to Nick Dixon, passing through Andrew Doyle or George Zach.
"The British we have lost the sense of humor, and it is not a thing to laugh," warns the announcer of BBC 4 John Humphrys. "Self-censorship is becoming a reflection act, we are entering the era of the ban on jokes, freedom of expression is what keeps a tolerant and alive culture. This begins to resemble the Ministry of Truth of Orwell: Controlling what we say, just controlling what we think. "
"I'm afraid that the art of comedy is sinking," he denounced the journalist and actress Kate Copstick in the radiophonic Taboo, consegrade to explore the limits of the permissible to the also called "culture of cancellation".
"Apparently, people do not look beyond itself and it is simply unable to laugh," said Copstick. "I think comedy is condemned to a sugary future and with spices in which we all have to be Woke not to offend."
The term Woke was by the way in 2017 to Oxford English Dictionary with the original meaning of awake, well informed or alert at issues such as racism, social inequality or gender discrimination. Over time it has been acquiring a pejorative tone, something like understanding, used profusely by British tabloids with clear political intentionality to disqualify on the left.
Boris Johnson came to ask him in his day if he believed that President Biden was Woke, to which the Premier responded: "There is nothing wrong with being Woke." Johnson has also suffered the impact of the new wave of politically correct.
His critics do not forgive his turn towards the center on social issues, by influence by his wife Carrie. The defenders trust that he is able to recover his irreverent sense of humor to crush snowflakes or snowflakes, another offensive term used to denigrate those who are considered awake.Updated Date: 06 January 2022, 04:26