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Ben Carson On PC Culture: Someone Got Offended When I Said Fashion Industry Encourages "Concentration Camp” Look

"Some people just seize upon things and they can't hear anything else and they try to create a big deal about it and really that's what [political correctness] does," Carson said.

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Dr. Ben Carson, who announced his candidacy for president on Monday, often criticizes political correctness in speeches — including stories within stories.

In one 2013 speech, for instance, he told an anecdote about a Jewish man who took offense to Carson comparing fashion models to concentration camp victims.

"I was talking to a group about how the fashion industry has gotten young ladies to think they're supposed to be so skinny they look like they escaped from a concentration camp," Carson said in one such speech posted on the Adventist News Network Vimeo account in February of 2013.

"A Jewish man got offended," Carson continued. "He said, 'You can't mention concentration camps. That's way too sensitive. It would be as if I said something to you about slavery.' And I said, 'You can talk about slavery all you want. It doesn't bother me.'"

"Some people just seize upon things and they can't hear anything else and they try to create a big deal about it and really that's what PC does," Carson said.

"As a physician, Dr. Carson feels strongly about the health of Americans, and all people. He is not the first nor the last person, fashion industry leaders among them, who has commented on the dangerous extremes many young women engage in to serve their modeling career," a spokesman for his presidential campaign told BuzzFeed News. "It's very bad practice putting young lives in danger, and yes, many appear badly malnourished. BTW, check out the new laws in France."

Here's the full speech:

vimeo.com

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