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Opinion: The end of “Ladies and Gentlemen”

We have yet to find a cure for the progressing pandemic of ideological madness associated with political correctness, writes Polish writer and columnist Tomasz Łysiak

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: Tomasz Łysiak

Ever since Lufthansa announced that it will not greet passengers with “Meine Damen und Herren” or “Ladies and Gentlemen”, I have wondered what linguistic forms will be used so that the airline can become even more “inclusive” (“inclusivity” was given as the explanation in the statement about necessary changes in the airline).

What must be invented so that the words “Ladies and Gentlemen” will be replaced with something that does not offend or exclude?

On the one hand, I decided to search for something and make notes, but on the other, I thought: those old, bad, disgusting and vulgar “Ladies and Gentlemen” should be stigmatized.

Be warned, football fans at stadiums! Who will be brave enough to scream “Meine Damen und Herren” towards the opposing team during European championships? Immediately after someone shouts out those words, a small gestapo car in rainbow colors will show up and arrest everyone who dared use exclusive words instead of inclusive ones.

All of this seems funny, but this is actually a very serious issue: we are witnesses to a developing disease of ideological madness associated with political correctness.

What’s more, soon enough these disgusting insults will have to be removed from the doors of toilets. Actually, toilets themselves are exclusive and not inclusive. Where is a non-binary person meant to go? I’d get rid of that little symbol with a person in a skirt and a person with pants – all of this is discrimination and exclusivity. I’d also get rid of circles and triangles, although triangles seem a bit inclusive so we might consider keeping them around.

All of this seems funny, but this is actually a very serious issue: we are witnesses to a developing disease of ideological madness associated with political correctness.

While the world fought off the coronavirus pandemic together, not only is no one stopping the pandemic of idiocy (there are no vaccines for this disease, only common sense), no one is actually trying to fight it.

What can anyone possibly do?

Some time ago, there were ideas about so-called consumer boycotting. But what would someone wanting to boycott companies do when so many companies are displaying the rainbow banner? Should that person throw away their phone, close their bank account, sell their car, not watch Netflix and the Euros, not fly on Western airlines, not eat hamburgers, not wear popular clothing brands, not use cosmetics, perfumes, not drink beer, water, or juice, and not go to cinemas?

We can’t even jump off a Lufthansa plane. The parachute, which would open would also be rainbow-colored. Meine Damen und Herren…