It depends on how someone defines "degrading," we are all way too sensitive now and it has definitely put a limit on just about everything we say and do, which becomes both a blessing and a curse. In terms of art and entertainment, I don't think people should be degraded to the point of being hurtful, but no group has a monopoly on stupidity and should be considered fair game for introspective humor. If we do away with all "degrading," what happens to characters like Lumpy on LEAVE IT TO BEAVER? Dare we insult inept, dumb, childish teenagers? Start drawing those lines and you won't even have SESAME STREET on the air anymore lest garbage collectors protest Oscar or cookie fans shout they do not want to be associated with a monster.