We are becoming so PC that soon there will be no freedom of speech anymore

By Justine O'Mahony

Published 09/06/2015 | 00:00

Justine O'Mahony.
Justine O'Mahony.

I met an acquaintance of mine out the other night.

We bumped into each other where all the other social outcasts meet-the smoking area of a pub! After the usual small talk about the weather and whether we were going away anywhere for the holidays, we started talking about the Referendum.

He told me he had voted Yes because he felt that it was the right thing to do and because he believed gay couples should of course be able to get married.

But then he made a very interesting point. He said he'd been watching a gay wedding on Youtube a few days before hand and as they were pronounced married, the couple went into a full on snog/fondle/whatever they call it nowadays. In my day it was a shift!

'Now' says my acquaintance, a bit disconcerted. 'If I was at a wedding of a heterosexual couple and they started slobbering all over other and getting hot and heavy I'd start slagging them and say, "Ah lads! Get a room!" But you can't do that with a gay couple because it would be deemed politically incorrect.'

He's right. In the current climate if you say anything that could be perceived as remotely anti-gay, you're a full blown, card carrying member of the Homophobic Society. I don't think slagging someone for getting a bit too intimate in public is anti-gay. I don't particularly want to see heterosexual couples going at it hammer and tongs either! That's your own business!

But it feels like everyone is watching their P&Qs a bit at the moment and that really doesn't come naturally to Irish people as a whole. Equality is all about treating people the same, not giving some special treatment for fear of upsetting them.

I'm probably the most politically incorrect person you can meet. I don't mean to be. But sometimes I have been known to complain that I've been 'working like a dog' or have accused Himself of looking 'a bit gay' when he wears his pink shorts that are two sizes too small! But I don't consider myself anti-animal or homophobic. There is no malice intended in either of those comments so I can't see why I can't say them.

In school a few years back my son got into trouble for calling a particularly small kid 'a little idiot' when they fell out. The child's father complained, not that he had called him an idiot but that he had made fun of his size! I mean seriously?!

I'm just afraid it will get to the point where there will be no freedom of speech anymore and we'll all be going around surpressing all our real thoughts and emotions and being sickeningly nice to each other.

Where's the fun in that?

I am attending a wedding of a good friend next week and I can tell you if she starts kissing and feeling up her husband in front of us all, I will be shouting, 'Mel! Get yourselves a room for God sake!'

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