I wonder if we're losing the ability to laugh.
During the course of the new movie Tropic Thunder, Ben Stiller's character is repeatedly labeled "retard." The character is not really retarded, mind you.
So now people are protesting the movie. That's fine, protesting is a good thing. How else will you let people know how you feel? But understand that in this country, there exists no "right" to not be offended.
Making fun of ourselves (and each other) is a cornerstone of comedy. I like comedy. It tends to be funny.
The other day as I was giving my son "eskimo kisses," it occurred to me that I might not be able to use that term much longer, for fear of offending Inuits, Aleuts and others. (even though the term Eskimo seems in no way offensive)
Are we becoming so politically correct that we're harming the cause?