Wheel of Political Correctness
Today’s rant is courtesy of a friend and mentor of mine named E. Curtis Johnson. He is a radio programmer and blogger from California who I had the privilege of working for, and learning from, for several years. His comments about the controversy surrounding a recent episode of “Wheel of Fortune” are spot on. I couldn’t have said it better myself.
The death of “The Fast and the Furious” star, Paul Walker illustrates how political correctness in American has reached new absurd levels. I’m saddened when anyone dies before his time in a terrible car crash. Much of the media went crazy with a related story after Walker’s death. The TV game show, “Wheel of Fortune” aired a puzzle that spelled, “The Fast and the Furious.” Cries of “too soon,” instantly flooded the media.
Never mind that the movie series glamorized illegal, street racing, which endangers innocent people’s lives. A friend of mine died after she and her boy friend imitated a motorcycle scene from one of the movies. Media doesn’t get upset over the plot of these movies, but has a conniption fit over the answer to a puzzle.
After “Wheel” aired, Pat Sajak tweeted, “Feel terrible about timing of ‘Fast & Furious’ puzzle tonight. Taped long ago & went out to 200 local stations days ago.” Pat Sajak doesn’t need to buy a vowel. Pat needs to buy “a pair” along with much of America. Some may say this opinion piece is “too soon.” I say it’s not soon enough!
Nicely played, E. Curtis.