It also would have been seen as hideously politically incorrect.
Those are hideously bad ideas that have driven us into the ditch we're in.
hideously unpopular, and never personally interested in policy matters, he did his best to stay out of the limelight.
c.1300, "terrifying, horrible, dreadful," from Anglo-French hidous, Old French hideus, earlier hisdos "hideous, horrible, awful, frightening" (11c.; Modern French hideux), from hisda "horror, fear," perhaps of Germanic origin; or else from Vulgar Latin *hispidosus, from Latin hispidus "shaggy, bristly," "[b]ut this presents numerous difficulties" [OED]. Meaning "repulsive" is late 14c.