A new monologue by comedian Colin Quinn is captivating many home audiences following its Netflix premiere. The plain-spoken, occasionally vulgar New Yorker broke down the U.S. Constitution in language obviously relatable to many Americans.
@iamcolinquinn Just watched ‘Unconstitutional’ for the 4th time. Too bad you don’t work on commission.
— Lori Henson (@write2lori) August 25, 2015
In addition to strictly constitutional topics, Quinn ventured off into discussions of several social topics. One such segment resonated particularly well with those fed up with the proliferation of political correctness. “If you even mention ethnicity,” he said of an increasingly cautious nation, “your stomach feels tense.” He went on to say that even factual accounts are being sanitized to protect any potential offense. “If I told you a true story,” he hypothesized, “‘This Mexican guy came up to me…’ ‘Woah, woah. Why does this guy have to be Mexican in your true story? I don’t understand.’” Americans are being told that they must “speak in the most idealized, pasteurized, homogenized, color-blind” manner, culminating in contrived communication like:
This guy comes up to me. Could have been Mexican. I don’t know. I don’t care. I should’ve even – Central Amer… Hispan… Lati… . It was a man. All right, wait a minute. That was sexist. I don’t know if it was a man. It could’ve been a woman. It could’ve been an LGBT. A life form came up to me. Hold on. I’d like to start this story by apologizing. I’m obviously coming from a place of Western, entitled, unconscious, fraternalistic, fear of the other and non-heteronormative gender specific…
He went on to feign contrition with a rant that received enthusiastic applause. Though the audience appreciated his humor, however, Quinn concluded that “half the country” would hear it and think, “Now you understand.”
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