John Cleese, one of the funniest people to ever walk the earth, is taking a stand against political correctness on college campuses.
The Monty Python co-founder, in a video for Internet forum Big Think, railed against the current wave of hypersensitivity on college campuses, saying he has been warned against performing on campuses.
"[Psychiatrist Robin Skynner] said: 'If people can't control their own emotions, then they have to start trying to control other people's behavior,'" Cleese said. "And when you're around super-sensitive people, you cannot relax and be spontaneous because you have no idea what's going to upset them next."
Cleese said that it's one thing to be "mean" to "people who are not able to look after themselves very well," but it was another to take it to "the point where any kind of criticism of any individual or group could be labeled cruel."
Cleese added that "comedy is critical," and if society starts telling people "we mustn't criticize or offend them," then humor goes out the window.
"With humor goes a sense of proportion," Cleese said. "And then, as far as I'm concerned, you're living in 1984."
Cleese is just the latest comedian to lecture college students about being so sensitive. In late 2014, Chris Rock said he would no longer perform on college campuses because students were "too conservative" in that they didn't want "to offend anybody." In June 2015, Jerry Seinfeld took heat from the political left for daring to say he wouldn't perform on campuses anymore either because of how easily students are now offended.
Rock and Seinfeld made their comments before the explosion of politically correct protests on college campuses, which began last fall with students complaining about perceived oppression such as microagressions. Students began elevating uncorroborated tales of alleged racism, and called on campus administrators to take them at their word. The situation has gotten so absurd that students at one university want a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. removed because it's not inclusive enough.
I expect 2016 to bring more criticism to perpetually offended students seeking attention and validation.
Ashe Schow is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.