Are P.C. crazies attacking “Jurassic World” for using for the supposedly racist term “packies” in the film? Don’t these fools realize that their argument is even dumber than that of the illiterate clods who briefly got a D.C. government worker disciplined for using the word “niggardly” in a meeting?
Well, no, despite what you may have heard, nobody in the U.S. is that far gone. That hasn’t stopped conservative anti-P,C. warriors from falsely claiming otherwise, though.
“Packie” is a nickname used in the fictional dinosaur park for the Pachycephalosaurus, a dome-skulled creature that was also featured in “The Lost World,” the second “Jurassic Park” sequel. Exactly what else would you call them? Even by the standard of dinosaur names, this is a tough one, and a short, easily pronounceable monicker is both necessary and potentially life-saving. By the time someone has spit out, “Look out! There’s a charging Pachycephalosaurus coming right for you!,” you are mashed, believe me. What’s the alternative, “Phaloses”? That has its own problems “Pachies” is the obvious and reasonable choice.
Yet because an escape of these prehistoric things from their enclosures in the theme park causes one character to shout, “The Packies are out of containment!,” Twitter users, commentators, political correctness fascists and insane people are seriously accusing the film of being “racist” in Great Britain, where “packie” is a racial slur for something or other: I really don’t care. It has nothing to do with the Pachycephalosaurus, dinosaurs, or “Jurassic World.” Thus the Independent, echoing many Brits on social media, called the line “very racist.” That’s moronic, of course.
It’s arguably more moronic than the “niggardly” misunderstanding in the U.S. At least the D.C. public school system grads didn’t know what the word “niggardly” was supposed to mean, making their mistaken conclusion explainable, if no less embarrassing. But the Brits now calling for boycotts of the film (Oh, go ahead, rob yourself of the fun of watching a terrifically conceived and executed movie that deserves every bit of its box office success in order to withhold a few puny receipts from a film destined to be one of the most profitable of all time, because of a throw-away line, uttered by an extra, with no racial content at all. That makes sense. That will show them. That will end man’s inhumanity to man.) do know what the word “packie” means in context, and are making the brain-dead claim that it is racist anyway.
This is, however, a Great Britain story, and a nice one, as it makes me feel a little better about the political correctness absurdities in this country. But some conservatives are looking for dirt on U.S. progressives in the media, who are the primary purveyors of domestic P.C. lunacy. The Social Memo, therefore, claimed that The Huffington Post called it “accidental racism” and that Yahoo News called it “unintentional, but very racist.” Glenn Reynolds’ Instapundit, one of the most popular and credible conservative blogs, repeated the charge (under the auspices of Reynolds’ stand-in, Ed Driscoll, and so have others.
It’s not true. Check the links, which are from Instapundit. Neither Yahoo nor HuffPo reported the story as anything but an oddity, and neither claims that the film’s use of “packie” is racist.
There are enough genuine incidents of P.C. insanity to expose in our culture—even regarding “Jurassic World”—without having to manufacture them.