We should not allow the new puritans to dictate our lives
TOM HARRIS WRITES: The Legions of Woke are missing the joke as they try to stop us watching classic comedies like “League of Gentlemen” and “Little Britain” wtites Tom Harris 11 June 2020.
Here’s the new puritanism – same as the old one.
In the 1960s and ’70s, J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” was the most banned book in America, accused of corrupting youngsters’ minds and even suspected of being part of a communist plot to subvert the nation. From today’s standpoint, we like to pour scorn on the old-fashioned prejudices that shaped that debate in the United States. As we should.
But those parents, teachers and politicians who demanded the book be burned and its message be censored felt every bit as strongly about their case as critics of “League of Gentlemen” and “Little Britain” do today.
One day, decades from now, we’ll be able to look back on the Puritans of the 2020s with the same scorn.
But in the meantime, we should not sit back and allow them to tell everyone else that their choice, their tastes, their standards must dictate what we watch in the privacy of our own homes.