Time for a Moratorium on Whining 'I'm Offended!'

And here's Chris Rock, complaining that criticism could have a chilling effect on comedy after he took some Twitter heat for a joke about July 4th: “Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks.”

Now here's the thing. In principle, sure, I agree with these leftist whines. I like civility, and I'm bored and annoyed with people who pretend to be offended over the littlest thing. Chris Rock's joke, for instance, was legitimate and funny. I love this country but no country is without sin and I don't think we need to become humorless and pious to celebrate our independence.

But if you dish it out, guys, you better be ready to take it — and the left has dished this I-am-offended garbage out for years. And is still dishing it out! Observe the reaction to comedian Jon Lovitz going off on Obama recently: accusations of racism and even a death threat! Well, sure. An American comedian making jokes about the president? Whoever heard of such a thing?

So okay, lefties, let's all stop being offended. You first.


Cross-Posted from Klavan on the Culture