Can we all stop taking offence?

I wouldn’t say political correctness is my strong point, so take the following with a pinch of gender-neutral, gluten-free hypoallergenic non-binary salt…

Stop taking offence

Can we all just stop being so fucking offended at everything please? I’m talking to you – the one that just recoiled at the use of the word fuck. Stop it. IT’S JUST A WORD!

The offence-taking culture has been creeping up for years now, and it’s about to reach boiling point. Every day there are new inventive ways to take offence at things, revolutionary methods of twisting the innocent words of the masses and making damn sure they’ll have to rephrase going forward or face the wrath of a new group of weirdos who have just “found themselves”. Common sense does not prevail as of late.

Extrapolate the current trend and we’re all going to be silenced. The days of laughing at the ban of the the word “blackboard” are long gone – doctors are coming out with phrases such as “front hole” for women’s genitalia in case the female in question is identifying as a man that day. WHAT?

Taking offence on behalf of people

My Indian friend told a joke at the expense of Indians, and some British lady (also an idiot and professional offence taker) decided to take offence on behalf of all Indians on the planet and tell him how he was hideously racist. Shut up love, surely you’ve got a review of some broccoli or something to write for your vanilla blog, no?

I’m so bored. I’m bored of people staring at me open-mouthed miming “YOU CAN’T SAY THAT!” when I ask why a heterosexual bearded man of 33, called Jay, is using the women’s changing rooms at a gym and getting upset when women cover themselves up. I’m bored of seeing parents putting girls’ clothes on their boys, feigning offence just to prove a point and increase engagement on their social media. I’m sick and tired of certain women shaking their head at me, disgusted that I’ve offered to help them with a heavy bag they’re carrying. Fine love – struggle to your car, let the arse of that Tesco bag prolapse and I’ll laugh at you chasing your Pepsi down the road.

There’s no giving offence, only taking offence

A good friend once told me that there’s no such thing as giving offence, only taking offence. It’s true (thanks Our Rach Blogs). If you’re out to offend someone, then your opinion better matter to them – otherwise you’re shit out of luck.

So rather than be like these tiresome offence-warriors whipping their dead one-trick-horse and trying to squeeze an extra follower out of that story of when they were featured in Metro that time, just chill out. Stop trying to see every single thing as an attack on something. Stop trying to change your mindset in 5 minutes so that you’re offended by every new buzz phrase. In reality, nobody outside of your facebook group dedicated to that one topic cares if you’re taking offence. You taking offence at something does not mean it’s offensive. Perhaps you’re just a ridiculous millennial who has been told they’re perfect and right all their life. Perhaps you’re the type that think the war against terrorism can be won with teddy bears and cuddles.

Ultimately, ask yourself “does this really matter?” before you campaign about girls’ toddler clothes having that pink lining. Is it worth that protest march?

No. It isn’t. Chill the fuck out.

9 thoughts on “Can we all stop taking offence?

  1. Bravo.. me too I am sick to the back teeth of it,, my Daughter (14 yo) came out to us as gay when she was 12 .. “no problem, we love you” we said ,, and she continued to be a pain in the arse teenager.. now she 14 yo and has told us she is transgender ” Ok no problem we still love you babe” But now, she is an UBER pain in the arse teenager.. “don’t Call me Babe” says she,,, and she has adopted a male name.. she/he is continually ramming it down our throats about the transgender issues,, but what she won’t do is understand that me and her mum don’t care, we still love her/him, all we want her/him to do is be happy .. now we get “how can i be happy when i can’t be accepted for the gender i want to be, by the whole world” on top of that she/he takes absolute offence at anything that is said, which does not fit into her/his world.. and all i want to do is scream “for the love of mercy, it doesn’t matter what you are, we just want a normal pain in the arse family”. From my own personal experience, both at present and from the past,, I realise that some people create there own monsters, they are in rapture if everything is going a little bit too well. Some people choose to wear chaos like a coat and look for the peg of discontent to hang it on..,, i don’t go around celebrating my masculinity, or that i am heterosexual,, firstly it’s bloody private, and nothing to do with anyone i have nothing to hide but equally i don’t feel the need to keep re-enforcing the fact.. Secondly i am quite sure that if i did, it wouldn’t be long before Dudley Do Right and a band of Merry world levelling police called to give me a beating with a Political Correctness Manifesto

  2. Another fab piece Mark. I agree with David Hughes on absolutely everything!! As a home educating mother of an autistic child (& two more kids, plus husband more than likely on the spectrum) having had a properly dysfunctional start to life, I avoid chaos like the fucking plague… still it follows me everywhere I go! I have about 600 real problems to deal with, each and every day. I honestly think the ones getting over-offended have nothing better to do with their time. The truly persecuted usually have a sense of humour…

  3. Totally agree mate! We had a customer in my shop last week (white female) who was offended that the word Negro was on a bottle of black food colouring.

    Trying to explain to her that half the information on the bottle was in Spanish and that is what black means in Spanish was very difficult. She knew a person whonwas black apparently some was extremely offended by it.

    Really wanted to tell her to complain to the Spanish government about their language and leave me alone. Sadly I could not, oh wait, I think I’m offended by her being offended. Fuck.

    1. Oh my god that woman sounds unbearable! That’s a prime example of what I’m talking about, she wants to be offended!

      Being offended by stupidity is acceptable, thankfully!

  4. I love it. The ones that personally crack me up the most are people who get offended by what I say about myself. If I call myself fat or mental (which I often do) they come out with the likes of “oh no, Tracey, you cant go around saying that about yourself, you’re just curvy/anxious/unwell blah blah blah”
    Well actually no. I am fat and I am mental and because I refuse to accept the negative things associated with those words I have no problem with using them for myself.
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    1. Re Tracey Abrahams Post.. so true it’s amazing how others do get offended by what you say about yourself.. i often Chastise myself for doing something foolish with the words “you Stupid half-witted fool” which i have no problem with after all i know me better than any one,, but it’s amazing how many people get upset by it, ,,, and i have often Been told that there “stupid” is not a very acceptable word.. well i have news, there are some incredibly stupid people out there, from people who knowingly go out in the pissing down rain without a coat. to a majority of a nation who allowed Donald Trump to be come president..

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