Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Political Correctness Run Amok re: Gencon's SPA

Gimme a break...


Get a sense of humor, seriously.

Scroll down to the bottom of the comments to see GenCon's official response, written by the WOMAN who came up with the idea in the first place.

EDIT to add:

As for the differences in opinion, I think it may be a generational thing, in combination with economic background thing.

As to the generational aspect, the older you are, generally the less political correctness took hold of you. The longer you've expressed yourself a certain way, and found certain things funny the less likely you are to change. There's a whole generation of folks (under 30) for whom political correctness is just the way it is, the way it always was, rather than something imposed on people by come tyranny of culture. I'm sure lawyers and lawsuits were behind it somehow, for some reason, in implementing some Human Resource department's BS directive.

The other aspect of it is economic background, in that those more likely to have grown up with parents who were white collar as opposed to blue collar, or who themselves work in white collar jobs as opposed to blue collar jobs, have internalized the PC'ness more, and adopted it due to constant exposure to it in their environment. It's become a cultural norm.

Me, coming from a dirty ring-around-the-collar blue collar background, (growing up in my house Archie Bunker was GOD), and having spent most of my life working with regular working class people, and being old for my age in my viewpoint on certain things, I thought it was funny.

There's wine people, there's the poseur "beer poured out of a perfectly good bottle and into a glass" people, then there's the can of Schlitz people. I'm more of a Schlitz kinda guy.

I guarandamntee you, the Schlitz people and the old fuckers thought it was funny.



  1. You know, I often find myself at odds with you Joe but on this... I have to mostly agree. I didn't find it funny, but I also didn't find it offensive. I think there is a difference between being respectful to people and wrapping the world in bubble wrap and never being able to say anything that someone, somewhere might possibly be offended by.

  2. Unbelievable....there are some tight ass, PC freak shows out there. Thank God I've never had to game with one.

  3. There's a basic problem with setting up activities for a non-gamer spouse, that goes beyond the "old ball and chain" jokes. Once you've assumed they won't like any gaming, not even Monopoly or Charades, how the hell can you assume that they will all like knitting or belly dancing?

    Gamer, if you have married a person who refuses to play even the likes of Uno, or can't stand such mainstream-geek activities like watching Princess Bride, I have a better actvity for you both: Ye Olde Marriage Counselling Pit.

    So yeah, the outrage is bullshit, but the basic idea - even if done in a completely non-sexist way with no jokes from 50's stand up comedy - is also bullshit.

  4. I have to say I basically agreed with the critique of the ball-in-chain on a totally pragmatic basis. Sure, the joke's no big deal to me. But, I sure as hell pity the fool who makes fun of his wife/girlfriend as a ball and chain so he can go play D&D. That's just a recipe for disaster, and GenCon was putting those words into the mouth of any gamer who wanted to sign up for the activities. Some girlfriends/wives might take it as nothing more than a joke, for some it might be the straw that broke the camel's back. Why make it a conversation you have to go through? Only a few girlfriends/wives will think its a joke, and for the rest of us, its a hassle.


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