Santa Claus laughs in the face of irrelevant political correctness

Of all the classic Monty Python moments, few are as memorable as the Black Knight. This is the sword-wielding character who guards a bridge in the movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

In a battle with King Arthur, the Black Knight’s arms and legs are severed. Ever confident, he proclaims “’tis but a scratch” and dismisses his injuries as little more than “a flesh wound.” The scene fades with the knight threatening: “I’ll bite your legs off.”

The scene has become an allegory for stubborn, defiant types unable to reconcile the fact that theirs is a lost cause.

It’s also a most fitting metaphor for the state of political correctness. Widely mocked and ridiculed, those who still cling to this ill-advised movement refuse to concede they’ve had their day in the sun.

This recently became apparent with a silly news item out of Australia. It seems the trainees at a Santa Claus course were instructed to avoid the traditional “ho, ho, ho” because it’s offensive to women. Instead, they were told to greet shoppers and kids with a hearty, “ha, ha, ha.”

There’s nothing new about such idiocy this time of year. We’re used to reports of department stores warning employees to avoid saying “Merry Christmas.”

Similarly, the weeks leading up to Dec. 25 typically see bureaucrats make fools of themselves in self-deceiving efforts to avoid offending anyone. But there’s a difference between now and then.

In the past, people were outraged at attempts to sanitize Christmas. Every time a Christmas pageant was renamed a “winter carnival” or a Christmas tree was ordered removed, there were howls of indignation from commentators across the land. Radio talk shows and letters to the editor sections were inundated with angry reactions to those trying to “destroy Christmas.”

But now, as evident from the response to the “ho, ho, ho” story, people just laugh at these comical do-gooders.

The self-proclaimed champions of diversity and political correctness have become a parody of themselves.

When folks can merely laugh at and dismiss their adversary as little more than a bad joke, the conflict is pretty well over.

This past Sunday, Vancouver’s fourth annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade made its way through downtown. And an enthusiastic crowd of more than 300,000 people from numerous cultures and ethnicities shared the festivities. It didn’t appear too many of the cheering and smiling onlookers took offence.

This isn’t to say the era of political correctness is completely finished.

There are still people employed in the diversity industry whose livelihood depends on seeking out offence and intolerance, even when there is none. But they’re fast becoming irrelevant and, mercifully, their days are numbered.

It’s for these desperate relics we should reserve the ha, ha, ha’s.

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