A good progressive is not allowed to laugh at anything that might possibly be perceived as oppressing or hurting someone (Christians, heterosexuals, and Republicans exempted, of course). In fact, the progressive leftist derives moral superiority from not laughing at “offensive” humor. So much so that stand-up comedians are actively avoiding college campuses. Because the PC Police could not handle a joke like this.
I first noticed the Progressive Comedy Pause while sharing my hilarity at office staff meetings. The majority would laugh but the committed lefties would stare blankly, each eye like that spinning wheel your smartphone shows while an app is loading. (The PCP might be why progressives just hoot and clap at Bill Maher’s jokes; the laughter reflex is considered problematic.)
It’s harder to laugh when you’re scared and much of the left is terrified. They know that an inappropriate chuckle, the wrong tweet, or last year’s term for an aggrieved minority can lessen their standing with progressive peers, if not get them fired from a job. Lefties also have turned the negative of humorlessness into the positive of moral superiority. Sniffing “That’s not funny!” at an inoffensive Caitlyn Jenner joke signals that you are more evolved than the average cis-het-white-oppressor.
I’m gonna make fun of Caitlyn Jenner if I want to. I’m gonna make fun of Barack and Michelle Obama. I’ll make fun of Rachel Maddow. And I’ll laugh my ass off while the lefty sourpusses stew in their sanctimonious bitterness.
One of the advantages to being an anti-social conservatarian who doesn’t care about political correctness; it’s a lot more fun.