Ah yes, political correctness.....

  • conservativej...

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    Apr 06, 2013 2:23 PM GMT
    Target apologizes for 'manatee' label on plus-size dress

    Shoppers at a Target store in Brooklyn say a label that listed the color of a plus-size dress as "manatee gray" was insulting.

    The label for the same dress in smaller sizes described it as "dark heather gray."

    Target apologized for the label.

    Michelle Ho, shopping at the store at Atlantic Terminal Mall, told the New York Post that Target was "putting down one set of people over another" with the different labels.

    Spokeswoman Jessica Deede called the labeling of the Mossimo-brand "Women's Plus-Size Kimono Maxi Dress" ''an unintentional oversight."

    She said although manatee gray was a seasonal color, Target was "fixing the discrepancy." She said the item was removed from the company website.


    cj -- Were I going to violate political correctness I would have slected the color name "Whale Gray." icon_idea.gif
  • tazzari

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    Apr 06, 2013 4:05 PM GMT
    A degree of political correctness is like courtesy and good manners: shorthand for saying we respect the other person and a way of avoiding hurting one another. But this sort of crap gives all the rest a bad name; we live in a culture where being offended is apparently a way of self-assertion.

    Though it was insensitive....
  • TroyAthlete

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    Apr 06, 2013 8:06 PM GMT
    When I was a kid what conservatives now call "political correctness" was what we Southerners called "good manners." Assholes can't tell the difference.
  • calibro

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    Apr 06, 2013 11:08 PM GMT
    political correctness is just a term that has been retooled for when you get butt hurt when some calls you out for being an ignorant, insensitive asshole.
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    Apr 06, 2013 11:22 PM GMT
    ummm... What about all the Right Wingers criticizing President Obama because he called a female Attorney General, whom he's personally known as a friend for many years, "beautiful"? Seems like the PC sword cuts both ways, when your goal is to slash any Democrat, at every opportunity. icon_confused.gif

    Is this different than when President Bush groped German Chancellor Merkel on camera? It seems the PC outrage is conditional for Republicans, as they're happy to be offended with PC if a Democrat is implicated, but suddenly outraged if a Democrat raises the issue about them. Can anyone say "double standard"? icon_razz.gif
  • Webster666

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    Apr 06, 2013 11:31 PM GMT
    I wouldn't care if they called the color of the item, in my size, "Lard Ass Gray."
    If I liked the color, I'd buy it.
  • USMCjock

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    Apr 07, 2013 12:10 AM GMT
    TroyAthlete saidWhen I was a kid what conservatives now call "political correctness" was what we Southerners called "good manners." Assholes can't tell the difference.


    Not long before I was a kid those 'good manners' were far from from politically correct- Southern Democrats voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by a margin of 87-7 in the House and 20-1 in the Senate (Ralph Yarborough of Texas being the only dissenter). There's them daggum Texuns agin- full of hate..

    Long before the Matrix, seems a lot of people swallowed the Blue Pill, and forgot that Dems had a 100+ year history of institutional racism. Controlling the media and edjumicashun system has wiped this FACT from the cultural literacy of today's 'enlightened' and progressive citizenry. Re-education works after all, Pol Pot!
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    Apr 07, 2013 12:18 AM GMT
    USMCjock said
    TroyAthlete saidWhen I was a kid what conservatives now call "political correctness" was what we Southerners called "good manners." Assholes can't tell the difference.

    Not long before I was a kid those 'good manners' were far from from politically correct- Southern Democrats voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by a margin of 87-7 in the House and 20-1 in the Senate (Ralph Yarborough of Texas being the only dissenter). There's them daggum Texuns agin- full of hate..

    Long before the Matrix, seems a lot of people swallowed the Blue Pill, and forgot that Dems had a 100+ year history of institutional racism. Controlling the media and edjumicashun system has wiped this FACT from the cultural literacy of today's 'enlightened' and progressive citizenry. Re-education works after all, Pol Pot!

    All true. But after those 1960s events, the bigoted Southern Democrats left the Party in protest, to become the bigoted Southern Republicans. Same bigots, same hatred, different name. And your point?
  • USMCjock

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    Apr 07, 2013 12:34 AM GMT
    yeah, ya got me there.. Robert Byrd, life-long Rethugnican was President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate..he was third in the line of presidential succession until his death less than 3 years ago.. Everyone knows he was ashamed of his KKK service.. Oh, wait- Belay my last- his was a life-long DEMOCRAT..Who, in 2001 (!!) said.. ""My old mom told me, 'Robert, you can't go to heaven if you hate anybody.' We practice that. There are white niggers. I've seen a lot of white niggers in my time. I'm going to use that word."... Well, he was a Repub at heart, right?
  • TroyAthlete

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    Apr 07, 2013 12:34 AM GMT
    USMCjock said
    TroyAthlete saidWhen I was a kid what conservatives now call "political correctness" was what we Southerners called "good manners." Assholes can't tell the difference.


    Not long before I was a kid those 'good manners' were far from from politically correct- Southern Democrats voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by a margin of 87-7 in the House and 20-1 in the Senate (Ralph Yarborough of Texas being the only dissenter). There's them daggum Texuns agin- full of hate..

    Long before the Matrix, seems a lot of people swallowed the Blue Pill, and forgot that Dems had a 100+ year history of institutional racism. Controlling the media and edjumicashun system has wiped this FACT from the cultural literacy of today's 'enlightened' and progressive citizenry.


    Strom Thurmond, Lester Maddox, and Bull Connor have only been wiped from the history books in the minds of whiny, delusional, victim-complex teabaggers who can't seem to wrap their heads around the concept that modern voters don't vote on the party platforms as they existed in 1878. This bizarre clinging to the past and refusal to live in the reality-based community is why the Republican Party is increasingly irrelevant.

    I can't speak for the 1890s Republicans are taken with, but speaking of the 1990s I grew up in the shadow of the Martin Luther King center, and amongst people who would never have considered racists as anything but ill-mannered trash, whatever their partisan affiliation. Those people today still have good manners, and the "ill-mannered trash" is in the Republican Party, clinging to the past and whining about "political correctness."

    Here's to hoping they keep it us, so they can join the past they obsess over in history's dustbin.
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    Apr 07, 2013 1:33 AM GMT
    Political Correctness has become a weapon, used to attack, and silence free speech, and to also repress. What what happens when people become fearful to speak, they then will overcome that fear, and speak out loader. Then the repressors may become even more brutal, to silence topics they do not want talked about; people of today have become way to sensitive, and feel all rights belong to their feelings.
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    Apr 07, 2013 1:43 AM GMT
    Sometimes it can be downright silly. In the hospital, we use computers-on-wheels, or COWs. Well, certain staff members felt that calling these machines COWs was somehow offensive to overweight people and complained to human resources. As a result, we are now only to refer to them as WOWs (wireless-on-wheels). Silly.
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    Apr 07, 2013 3:15 AM GMT
    livelifenow saidSometimes it can be downright silly. In the hospital, we use computers-on-wheels, or COWs. Well, certain staff members felt that calling these machines COWs was somehow offensive to overweight people and complained to human resources. As a result, we are now only to refer to them as WOWs (wireless-on-wheels). Silly.

    I agree, that IS silly. I believe in fighting battles that are worth fighting.

    There was a time in the US, dating back to our practical Colonial days, when we looked to the wisdom of Common Sense. And also to what worked, rather than to ideological solutions to problems. That's why we rejected feudal traditions from Europe.

    Today we seem to have thrown common sense out the window, and we have an entire political party ruled by ideology, and even worse, religious theology.

    Our power as a nation and a people was once our independent thinking and our freedom from fixed answers, when all the rest of the world was still hindered by medieval models. Yet today we are increasingly shackled by the thinking of the Middle Ages, while the world around us has moved on, and it will be our ruin.

    When I was a child the strength of a country was measured by its natural resources, its access to ocean ports, its workforce, its military, and its education system.

    But education is what is missing from the US today, replaced with religious indoctrination, why we are falling behind the rest of the world. But praise JEE-SUS! We have our Bible, and that will be our supposed salvation.

    Except nobody else in the world follows that model, and everybody else in the world is kicking our butts, when once we were the leaders. I wonder why?
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Apr 07, 2013 3:23 AM GMT
    USMCjock said
    TroyAthlete saidWhen I was a kid what conservatives now call "political correctness" was what we Southerners called "good manners." Assholes can't tell the difference.


    Not long before I was a kid those 'good manners' were far from from politically correct- Southern Democrats voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by a margin of 87-7 in the House and 20-1 in the Senate (Ralph Yarborough of Texas being the only dissenter). There's them daggum Texuns agin- full of hate..

    Long before the Matrix, seems a lot of people swallowed the Blue Pill, and forgot that Dems had a 100+ year history of institutional racism. Controlling the media and edjumicashun system has wiped this FACT from the cultural literacy of today's 'enlightened' and progressive citizenry. Re-education works after all, Pol Pot!


    Really son have you heard of the "Southern Strategy." The reasoning in your posts on political racism is dated and really on very thin ice. If I had been alive 150 years I would have been a Republican ... but I sure know which party is on the right side of the issue now!
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Apr 07, 2013 3:30 AM GMT
    USMCjock said
    TroyAthlete saidWhen I was a kid what conservatives now call "political correctness" was what we Southerners called "good manners." Assholes can't tell the difference.


    Long before the Matrix, seems a lot of people swallowed the Blue Pill, and forgot that Dems had a 100+ year history of institutional racism. Controlling the media and edjumicashun system has wiped this FACT from the cultural literacy of today's 'enlightened' and progressive citizenry. Re-education works after all, Pol Pot!


    So you would rather be with the party that is against full rights for gays today rather than with the party that WAS full of racist in 1960's? I don't understand that logic.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Apr 07, 2013 3:52 AM GMT
    tru_blu_aussie saidPolitical Correctness has become a weapon, used to attack, and silence free speech, and to also repress.


    See what I mean about conservatives and their constant whining.
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    Apr 07, 2013 10:55 AM GMT
    A lot of these "PC gone mad" stories are grossly exaggerated or simply whipped up by the media. One of our popular UK 'newspapers', the Dail Mail, does it regularly. No newspaper ever lost sales by pandering to reactionary idiots.

    One Twitter comment dispassionately pointed out that the plus sized dress was described as 'manatee gray', while other sizes were described as 'dark heather gray'. Target responded to the Tweet, said it would change the description of the garment and apologised for any offence it may have caused. End of story.

    The media get hold of the story and it is now a 'wave of customer fury', forcing a reeling Target into issuing an apology. And, of course, the gullible anti-PC brigade are all over the story like a rash.
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    Apr 07, 2013 11:32 AM GMT
    Poor Michelle Ho. Can you imagine all the other girls at the Target corporate office? "She's just such a ho!" *hair flip...
  • GQjock

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    Apr 07, 2013 12:15 PM GMT
    Political Correctness ..... a Republican term for use when you don't wanna come out and directly say that you're a rude obnoxious asshole


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