Watching old, unPC sitcoms should be part of the national curriculum

Watching old, unPC sitcoms should be part of the national curriculum, by James Delingpole. Here, for instance, Alf Garnett had BBC star Jimmy Saville pegged before the public revelations that Saville was one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders:

No way this can be shown today:

I think I might be turning into Alf Garnett. When I was growing up I saw him as an obnoxious, cantankerous, ranting old git that my grandparents’ generation seemed to find funny but who left me cold. Now I’m beginning to identify with him as an unfairly maligned and surprisingly youthful fount of wisdom whose tragedy is to be ignored by maddeningly unsympathetic womenfolk and infuriating kids. …

I find myself increasingly despairing of the younger generation with their priggishness, sanctimoniousness, and cry-bully special-snowflake oversensitivity. When watching TV with my offspring, I can’t say anything — not even obviously true stuff about, say, women and general knowledge or contestants playing the ethnic card on Bake Off (‘I’ve just added a bit of kula-kula essence, which is like a cross between kumquat and dragon fruit’) — without being damned as a sexist or a racist. The problem is, I think, that modern kids live in a perpetual year zero. They have no understanding of even fairly recent cultural history, so they write off anyone who doesn’t share their politically correct values as a Neanderthal. …

Nowadays we’re only allowed to watch old, un-PC stuff provided it’s through the correct filter of irony and self-congratulatory knowingness.

hat-tip Stephen Neil