I’ll Miss Comedy When It’s Gone

Conan O’Brien steps out of line ever so slightly and gets a taste of the political correctness enforcement buzz saw. From Business Insider:

Friday evening, O’Brien posted a joke about Marvel’s new Muslim female superhero — Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Muslim girl from New Jersey who transforms into Ms. Marvel after she’s suddenly bestowed with special powers — that has resulted in major backlash and accusations of racism against the comedian.

The tweet, has since been deleted from O’Brien’s account:

“@ConanObrien: Marvel Comics is introducing a new Muslim Female superhero. She has so many more special powers than her husband’s other wives”

And commentary from Acculturated:

We seem to be living in a comic book world, but one where “good vs. evil” has been replaced by the far less important “those who use accepted words vs. those who speak their minds.” The ironic thing about this tyranny of language that the progressive Left has instituted (via political correctness standards and intimidation through the media) is that they tend to be the same people who mock religious Americans for opposing vulgar language (or lewdness) in pop culture.

I can’t imagine a more insincere and pointless act than deleting a Tweet that everyone has already seen and commented on. But this ridiculous ritual dance all public figures who offend the wrong interest group have to go through speaks directly to the emotions-based, Pavlovian-trained response Americans are now encouraged to indulge in.

There are bigger issues at stake here, but to keep things real simple, what suffers from such madness is that comedy begins to die a slow and dull death.

I don’t think we should be lectured on appropriate comedy by a culture that has six months of riots when someone draws an unflattering cartoon of Mohammed.