A new Chrome extension, PC2Respect, has been making headlines this week, changing all in-browser mentions of ‘political correctness’ to ‘treating people with respect’.
PC2Respect was an inspired response to the Donald Trumps of the world. At the Republican presidential candidate debate last week, Trump proudly proclaimed that political correctness was a ‘big problem’ in the US.
He’s by no means alone in thinking that so-called political correctness is the preserve of the over-emotional, with armchair commentators becoming increasingly overwrought at the thought of ‘political correctness gone mad’.
In fact, just this week, renowned actor John Rhys-Davies decried political correctness as the great civilisation ender.
Thankfully, we now have PC2Respect to make the ridiculousness of anti-PC statements even more apparent.
The extension was devised by New Zealander Byron Clark and, as so many things do these days, it all began with a tweet.
I set up my web browser to automatically change “political correctness” to “treating people with respect” pic.twitter.com/yvNnqUWpNm
— Byron Clark (@byronclarknz) August 4, 2015
An influx of requests to make the extension public brought PC2Respect to the masses, making it possible for us to bring you (screengrabs of) the following tweets.
Matthew and Samuel think treating people with respect is a cancer.
Jake thinks treating people with respect will kill freedom of speech.
I think we all already knew how The Donald felt about treating people with respect, but here’s a quote posted by Glenn Beck’s The Blaze anyway.
The City Journal is worried politicians have to tread on eggshells.
We couldn’t just have one Trump quote. Here’s the man himself claiming treating people with respect will be the end of America.
It’s not all about politics. This guy is worried about the future of comedy.
And finally, Frazer is really annoyed about having to treat people with respect.
So go install PC2Respect and see exactly what all the political correctness naysayers are really mad about.
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