I despise the term.
It started as a way to annoy liberals, a less than subtle way to punish the notion of inclusiveness.
Then it became “I am a rebel that says what he wants.” Virtually any vile thing may now be said by prefacing it with the (repeatable and predictable) phrase : “It may not be politically correct to say it, but…”
Now it’s also become a way for privilege to complain. When they say “I don’t feel I can wish someone merry Christmas without them being offended,” it means “I don’t like to be challenged.” Or “I shouldn’t have to worry about the feelings of others.” This fundamental lack of respect has become an unwelcome feature in all of our lives, with lack of “political correctness” being now worn like a badge of achievement.
It is a very satisfying and useful concept to the persecuted, especially those who feel the need to feel persecuted. While enjoying the privileges of race, religion, or class status, they nevertheless feel someone is picking on them.
It is also a really useful phrase for billionaire blowhards trying to be populist, particularly during an election contest.
So what is “politically correct” really? It’s code, an affirmative message between racists, hooligans, and misogynists. Please remind these a$$holes that freedom of speech does not mean freedom from criticism. If you are what you eat, you might also be what you say.