I have seen many threads on the banning of offensive content, or “dank memes”. This is my type of humor, and I’d like to give my two cents on the topic.
Political correctness nowadays is way too overused. The level of political correctness that we’re at right now is forcing people to victimize themselves for something that was never even supposed to be offensive in the first place.
Take for example the “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” sweater. This may be controversial, but I don’t believe that this was intended to be racist whatsoever. This was a sweater made for children of all races. I doubt a child wearing this would even feel oppressed while wearing this, whether they were black or white. People on Twitter began getting offended over this topic, even if it was not directed to them. I saw people upwards of 30 getting offended at a simple design. IDK but I’ve heard many children being called Monkeys or Cheeky Monkeys. In fact, when I was little, I was called a monkey a lot due to the fact that I loved climbing trees.
I think making fun of a general aspect is humorous, and funny. If some content is not targeted towards a specific individual, then it should be okay.
I myself am Russian, and I make fun of Russian stereotypes all the time. I embrace the vodka stereotype. People call me a Russian hacker all the time and they jokingly blame the US government’s problems on me. Obviously this is a joke, and I believe nobody should be offended at things like these.
Plenty of stand up comedians make fun of their race, gender, social problems, etc. Should they be banned from society? No. I don’t believe so. I believe that people should stop with victimizing themselves.
TL;DR: Everyone is becoming way too politically correct and it’s leading to the destruction of comedy and humor as we know it.