Triumph the Insult Dog Shreds PC College Kids
Humorless students don't seem to get the 'free speech' concept
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s devastatingly hilarious evisceration of college PC-culture is not only comic genius, but showcases the chilling Orwellian suppression of free speech on today’s campuses.
Armed with a since-retracted copy of the University of New Hampshire’s self-important “Bias-Free Language Guide”, a Newspeak manual that proclaimed words such as “American” and “healthy” as verboten, Triumph swooped into a room of a dozen humorless students to discuss micro-aggressions, gender identity and other nonsense.
What elevates the skit above other Triumph segments is how co-creator Robert Smigel inserts the trickster personality into a system designed to crush individual thought and plain language. He out-Alinsky’s academia by mercilessly mocking its oppressive system, and turns its own rules to his advantage.
By controlling the entire scenario, and taking advantage of the students’ instilled passivity before their betters, Triumph is able to slap ridiculous name tags on each – ranging from “Future Psycho Nanny” to “Swipe Left.” It’s a brilliant gag that sub-consciously denigrates the value of each participant, making them even more compliant with his jest.
And he just keeps going. The funniest skewering of language comes as he recites the preferred term in the school’s manual for "poor person." Instead, such a person should be described as "person who lacks advantages that others have, low economic status related to a person’s education, occupation, and income."
"It’s as simple as that!" he exclaims.
The central satire brings to mind Orwell’s classic novel. 1984 contains a critical appendix, entitled "The Principles of Newspeak," which presciently describes PC-culture and is on full display in Triumph’s video.
Newspeak was designed... to diminish the range of thought.
The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible. It was intended that…a thought diverging from the principles of Ingsoc should be literally. This was done partly by the invention of new words, but chiefly by eliminating undesirable words... Newspeak was designed... to diminish the range of thought.
The lunacy of the sketch is brought home in the second half. An over-the-top stereotypical, obese, flamboyantly gay man named Marcus enters the room, speaks to the kids for a moment, then departs. Triumph then brings in a police sketch artist and asks the students to describe what they saw. They stumble and fumble, tongue-tied by their own rules, unable to put together a coherent description of the man in simple descriptive terms.
One describes Marcus as obese, only to have another correct him in double-plus-good fashion by saying, "he’s a person of size." Another, after being unable to accurately describe Marcus’ affect in anything resembling the obvious word -- "gay" -- he finally gives up and mutters quietly that he "might have been of the homosexual persuasion."
When Marcus returns, he is offended by the sketch artist’s rendering of him, and demands to know how the students described him. Triumph drives the knife in as the students try to defend their descriptions, including "person of color," each of which only serves to further enrage Marcus and earn Triumph’s shock and disdain.
Yet beyond the hilarity, Triumph reveals an unsettling truth. These students have been utterly brainwashed. Some clearly want to laugh, but appear terrified to break with the herd. That they struggle to describe a person using Newspeak demonstrates that they have succumbed to exactly what Orwell describes – thoughts diverging from dictated principles have literally been eliminated from their minds.
Forty years ago, college campuses were the first place one would expect to find resistance to this kind of authoritarianism. "Question authority!" is no longer a call to action, but Thoughtcrime that is to be rooted out and punished.
This is where Conservatism needs to make a stand. Facts don’t care about feelings, and Conservative students should openly and loudly speak in plain language. It is the height of irony that to speak simple truths, to state that someone is either a man or a woman and nothing else or that someone is overweight, should be considered civil disobedience.
Our universities are supposed to celebrate and encourage expansiveness of thought. Instead, they have become fascist institutions dedicated to indoctrination.
Winston Smith wrote, "If there is hope, it lies in the proles." The proles are the students of today, and things look grim.
Thus, if there is hope, it lies in a crude canine hand puppet.