Mel Brooks says Blazing Saddles couldn't be made today; we're too PC
Filmmaker Mel Brooks says a culture of political correctness is "the death of comedy".
In a recent interview with BBC Radio 4, Brooks said films like his own classic Blazing Saddles wouldn't get made in Hollywood's current "stupidly politically correct" climate.
When asked if the likes of Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein could be made today, Brooks said:
"No, no, I mean maybe Young Frankenstein. Maybe a few. But never Blazing Saddles, because we have become stupidly politically correct, which is the death of comedy," he said.
"It's okay not to hurt feelings of various tribes and groups. However, it's not good for comedy. Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks. Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering into the king's ear, always telling the truth about human behavior."
Blazing Saddles is a 1974 Western spoof about a black sheriff in a racist town and contains numerous racial slurs.
While arguing that comedy needed to be free of restrictions, Brooks, who worked clearing land mines in World War II, did say there were some lines he wouldn't personally cross.
"I personally would never touch gas chambers or the death of children or Jews at the hands of the Nazis," he said. "Everything else is okay."
Brooks was promoting his Young Frankenstein musical which opens in October in London.
Some comedians took exception to Brooks' views online, including Bojack Horseman's Paul F Tompkins - incidentally, the same guy who called our Electoral Commission's Orange Guy a "weird citrus golem" (which is in itself pretty politically incorrect) - who said:
"'PC Culture' is not 'killing' comedy. There is still plenty of comedy. There always will be. Times change & so do comedy styles."
“PC Culture” is not “killing” comedy. There is still plenty of comedy. There always will be. Times change & so do comedy styles.— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) September 22, 2017