Political Correctness

Is political correctness in the eye of the beholder?

General Motors Chairman and CEO Akerson. Photo: Reuters

It's tough for big corporations to launch advertising campaigns these days. If they are too tame, no one pays attention. Too edgy, and someone is bound to be offended. Companies run for cover at a whiff of controversy. So General Motors executives who approved politically incorrect lyrics in a worldwide marketing campaign for the carmaker's new Chevrolet Trax SUV had to pull it from distribution.

Sunday, 5 May, 2013, 2:51am

Poll shows half think media self-censors

Half the people polled in a recent survey think local news media practise self-censorship, a slight increase compared with seven months ago, results released yesterday showed.

Respondents saw the media as more ready to criticise the Hong Kong government than the central government.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents by Steven Hayward (read by Johnny Heller) Blackstone (audiobook)

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

The sorry state of rampant euphemisms

Since the beginning of this year, the world has witnessed one historic event after another. First came the uprising in Tunisia, followed by mass protests in several countries in the Middle East. The situation has come to a boil in Libya, which is facing a protracted civil war.

21 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Hammering away at the noise laws

15 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

HK grudgingly makes changes

Multinationals embrace diversity and ensure broad staff mix, while local firms drag their feet

The modern workplace in Hong Kong is slowly changing shape. The traditional talent pool is being enriched by people from all generations, sexes, physical abilities, ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations.

13 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Senior UBS bosses lead diversity drive

True diversity in the workplace in Hong Kong is a long way off, but some companies are closer to achieving it than others.

The answer, they have found, is to make sure that senior management is on board and then keep chipping away at the issue from every angle.

13 Oct 2007 - 12:00am


Henry L. Parsont in his letter to these columns on January 21, showed that he is, like most Americans, politically naive enough to think that the US represents 'a force for freedom and democracy'.

24 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Once more, with feeling

Extract from Features, SCMP, November 13, 2002

By David Wilson

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you are guilty of failing to comply with the dictates of Emotional Correctness (EC). EC requires that everyone respond in the same way to a situation: even if the prescribed emotion conflicts with what he or she really feels.

18 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Once more, with feeling

DO YOU FAIL TO FEEL touched by Hello Kitty merchandise that cooing fans call kawaii (cute)? Do your eyes refuse to mist over with sympathy when you read that a fertility-drug-guzzling stranger produces septuplets? Were you somewhat indifferent to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, or, for that matter, Linda McCartney or Mother Teresa?

13 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

The art of inclusive language

When we use language we express the way we see ourselves in relation to others and to the world. Through language, we can exchange ideas, information and express feelings. However, language can also be misused to express prejudice or discrimination and, therefore, offend or hurt others.

25 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Liberalisation the key to flourishing TV

We cannot have a wider choice of TV programmes, or better quality, without government subsidies and a separation of editorial decisions from business considerations, according to 'Quality more important than quantity', (South China Morning Post, January 5). This is not true.

1 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Secret's out on wonderful spark of life

WHY do Chinese communist leaders live so long? Because they drink a tonic called the Chinese Wonderful Prescription, according to the Hongkong agent for the product.

The Washer (International) Co claims the ''outstanding and superior'' elixir not only improves health, fitness and mental alertness but boosts sexual performance.

25 Apr 1993 - 12:00am