'Outrage is a powerful political tool.'
Penn Jillette may have gotten to the heart of the outrage culture with one simple statement.
Jillette’s comments appear in “Can We Take a Joke?” a new documentary letting comedians fire back against the politically correct rules handcuffing their material. The film is currently seeking a distributor, but given the subject and the high-profile comics profiled in the documentary that shouldn’t take too long.
Will the movie make a cultural ripple? It couldn’t be more timely. Jerry Seinfeld’s comments about politically correct college students stunned social media, and he doubled down during his appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Yet not all comedians agree with Seinfeld’s point of view.
“I think you have to listen to the college-aged, because they lead the revolution. They’re pretty much always on the right side of history,” she said.
Or consider Michael Ian Black, whose recent tweet may have been one of his many “provocative” posts or his true feelings.
Not being politically correct used to mean being unafraid to speak difficult truths. Now it just means you’re an asshole.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) November 23, 2015