I understand that people are opposed to acting like a soccer mom, but I am working on a debate and I need to understand why getting a TV show or whatever banned from the air, by convincing private sponsors to stop supporting it, is politically incorrect these days. I am not saying that I would personally do this, but I just need a logical reason why people say it is wrong. As an example I'm referring to the housewife who tried to get "Married With Children" off the air.
I need an example of such a thing being viewed that way, I have never heard of it. If reading the argument maybe I can understand. I think this is probably an Australian thing (am I correct to remember that is where you are?)
My initial guess would be, it is about freedom of speech. It is not PC to inhibit someone else's expression (or others' enjoyment of said expression) because you don't like it.
Looking at it that way, one example I can think of, is the JC Penney thing that happened last spring. JCP had Ellen Degeneres in their commercials. Some people didn't like that and tried to push a boycott--because they don't like that Degeneres is a lesbian. Sexual orientation was not even a topic of the commercials. Simply a background fact that these people chose to get nasty about.
As to Married with Children, I'm not aware of which particular case you mention. But it portrayed blue collar family and lifestyle at a time when that was not common. In that way, protesting it can be viewed as un-PC, even though the show itself was rather crass.
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I wouldn't say it's politically incorrect I just think most people, myself included don't want some bible thumping housewife with too much time on her hands and an inability to mind her own business, dictating what is acceptable to watch. Just because someone doesn't like something does not mean it should not be on the air and not everyone shares the same values or considers the same thing entertaining.
Sadly, this has become common. Many political groups know that they cannot sway the TV executives or millions of viewers who watch these programs, so they begin a crusade to intimidate the sponsors of such programs... Threatening a widespread boycott of their products is much more damaging than a boycott of the show itself.
I can give you another example case that I think you should look into. There is bound to be lots of articles you can find on both sides:
Basically, an anti-Muslim group raised a stink about a show featuring Muslims living in the US and a major company decided to pull their sponsorship as a result of the controversy. Would this be something you considered to be politically correct? Where is the line drawn? With so much programming available today, what is the harm in ignoring shows you don't agree with morally or politically? Because there are some news and talk show programs I would like to see taken off the air, but obviously they have a following and I can't tell people they can't watch what they want to.
I think it's incredibly cowardly to try to get a show banned from the air. If you don't like it, fine. You're allowed to not like it. But you have absolutely no right to try and stop other people from watching it. You can tell people why you don't like the show or why you think it's wrong, but you can't actually stop them from watching it. There are plenty of things that I am against. But I'm not going to attack them simply because I don't like them.
Don't pay any attention to the evil spirited and dead of heart. They're not worth your time.