A new interview with Terry Gilliam [via the WSJ} basically expounds upon something we’ve been tackling here at WoR: Political correctness is killing comedy. I wrote an article last year, "The 2010s: A Decade When Comedy Lost Its Mojo, which laid the ground for a potential comedic doomsday, which we're quite clearly headed at, if the "era of outrage" continues:.
"Comedians like to push and push and push until that very fine line of what is deemed acceptable and unacceptable is somewhat squeezed to its very limit. As George Carlin once said, “It’s a comedian’s duty to find the line and deliberately cross over it.” That, to me at least, is what some of the very best comedy can do. Regardless of the situation that we find ourselves in today when it comes to what can and cannot be said, which has its pros and its cons, we need to be grateful that a movie such as Ben Stiller's "Tropic Thunder" was considered fine to exist in multiplexes, albeit more than 10 years ago. The release of the comedy classic happening the same year President Obama got elected as the 44th President of the United States. And so, this was before Obama would amplify into the mainstream the idea of identity politics and further promote the acceptance and meaning of such terms as "white privilege," woke," "the patriarchy," "victim-blaming" ... you get my point."