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Posted on 09/20/2017 9:30:44 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Mel Brooks: Blazing Saddles would 'never' be made today
By Rebecca Jones Arts correspondent, BBC News
14 minutes ago From the section Entertainment & Arts
Mel Brooks, one of Hollywood's funniest film-makers, has told the BBC political correctness is "the death of comedy".
He said Blazing Saddles, his Western spoof about a black sheriff in a racist town, could "never" be made today.
"It's OK not to hurt the feelings of various tribes and groups," he said. "However it's not good for comedy.
"Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks. It's the lecherous little elf whispering in the king's ear, telling the truth about human behaviour."
Brooks made his name with a series of successful film comedies, including Blazing Saddles, The Producers and Young Frankenstein.
Among the subjects he has satirised are racism, religion and feminism - and he describes himself as "the king of vulgarity".
But there is one subject he insists he would not parody.
Referring to World War Two, he said: "I personally would never touch gas chambers or the death of children or Jews at the hands of the Nazis.
"In no way is that at all useable or correct for comedy. It's just in truly bad taste."
However, he says that is the "only thing" he would avoid. "Everything else is OK."
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Mel Brooks would be financially and socially destroyed for making Blazing Saddles today. The movie would not see the light of day, and you’d never hear from Mel Brooks again.
Blazing Saddles was a recruitment film for Nazis.
The best retort to an offensive, racist joke, is an even morre racist, offensive joke directed back at the original person. Everybody wins.
But Blazing Saddles has the N word in it.
So no, it would not be made today.
Can’t hardly get an uncut version anymore.
I got it back when TCM ran it in full, no beeps
Maybe as a drama it could work as a period piece.
Mel Brooks was/is outrageously funny!
Blazing Saddles is interesting in that it depicts the white guys as stupid rednecks and bumbling fools and the black guys as smart and sophisticated.
I found the DVD years ago and bought it. Some movies need to be saved for the grandchildren, that’s one of them. My grandson is 17, time for him to watch it. :)
That describes every current television commercial.
How many black guys were there?
I’m Catholic and the inquisition scene from History of the World kills me :)
“Let’s face it. You can’t talk him outta anything!” lol
Blazing Saddles. “You sissy marys”
Dropping 5 of the 15 commandments :) He’s Jewish and he went there. Always liked his movies.
As an aside that no one will care about :), I had a Jewish pal tell me 20 years ago that there are like 600 commandments.
Liberals are destroying everything they touch, including comedy. The politically correct utopia is filled with miserable, vindictive, depressed people all trying to toe the ever-moving line. I miss the good ol’ USA.
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