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(Entertainment Weekly)   Eighteen classic movies that would never get made today because they aren't politically correct. Yes, Blazing Saddles is on here   (ew.com) divider line 281
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2012-04-26 08:55:31 AM
 
2012-04-26 08:57:02 AM
FTA: "SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991) Gay advocacy organizations threatened to disrupt the 1991 Oscars because they were unhappy with the depiction of homosexuals in Jonathan Demme's blockbuster thriller. "

I can't say I got all bent out of shape on that one, as a gay person.

Also, Blazing Saddles is still hilarious, and will be a classic forever. The damn film was making fun of yokel, inbred, hicks. Although there was a bit of stereotyping for black men in the film, this is the same film that referred to simple country folks as 'morons.'
 
2012-04-26 09:00:31 AM
List left off Putney Swope. Yes, I know no one has ever seen it.
 
2012-04-26 09:04:43 AM
GWTW?
Screw these PC people. Classic films should never be edited or censored. If you don't like them just don't watch them.
 
2012-04-26 09:05:29 AM

Generation_D: Deslided version


You're a gentleman and a scholar.

Cythraul: Also, Blazing Saddles is still hilarious, and will be a classic forever. The damn film was making fun of yokel, inbred, hicks. Although there was a bit of stereotyping for black men in the film, this is the same film that referred to simple country folks as 'morons.'


Rape jokes tend not to go down very well these days either...
 
2012-04-26 09:09:17 AM
Every single one of those except Song of the South could and would be made today.
 
2012-04-26 09:10:55 AM

Cythraul: The damn film was making fun of yokel, inbred, hicks.


you know, morons.

i dunno, though - considering that one of the first lines in the movie is, "dock that chink a day's pay for nappin' on the job..." i'm guessing they'd tone it down if it were made today.
 
2012-04-26 09:16:20 AM

Rev. Skarekroe: Cythraul: Also, Blazing Saddles is still hilarious, and will be a classic forever. The damn film was making fun of yokel, inbred, hicks. Although there was a bit of stereotyping for black men in the film, this is the same film that referred to simple country folks as 'morons.'

Rape jokes tend not to go down very well these days either...


You only said rape once. You must not like rape.
 
2012-04-26 09:37:25 AM
Based on that list, I guess Entertainment Weekly hasn't heard of Gran Torino, Bad Santa, Role Models, Natural Born Killers, etc.
 
2012-04-26 09:38:57 AM
Let's be honest with ourselves - humour isn't politically correct as it involves laughing at someone, be it due to their infirmities, station in life or an embarrassing circumstance they're in.
If we are to laugh, it must be at the expense of others thus today's inclusive acceptance of colour, religion, deformities can't apply.

Now watch me kick this Chinese dwarf right square in the nuts!
 
2012-04-26 09:41:10 AM
Fight Club wouldn't be made in this "post-9/11 world". It barely got made in 1999.

Cythraul: Also, Blazing Saddles is still hilarious, and will be a classic forever. The damn film was making fun of yokel, inbred, hicks


That doesn't matter. The people who complain about this sort of thing never see the satire. They always take the content at face value no matter what the intent was.
 
2012-04-26 09:47:29 AM

kronicfeld: Based on that list, I guess Entertainment Weekly hasn't heard of Gran Torino, Bad Santa, Role Models, Natural Born Killers, etc.



Natural Born Killers (1994)
 
2012-04-26 09:56:35 AM

kronicfeld: Based on that list, I guess Entertainment Weekly hasn't heard of Gran Torino, Bad Santa, Role Models, Natural Born Killers, etc.


Tropic Thunder
White Chicks
Team America
South Park
Borat
Don't Mess with the Zohan
Shallow Hal
Passion of the Christ

and those are just some of the modern ones.

First Blood (and Rambo 2 and 3, Rocky IV)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
The Toy
Reservoir Dogs
Last Temptation of Christ
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Driving Miss Daisy

and 'Crippled Masters' ftw
 
2012-04-26 09:58:58 AM
oh, and Leaving Las Vegas just to round out the off-the-top-of-my-head list
 
2012-04-26 10:06:33 AM

calbert: kronicfeld: Based on that list, I guess Entertainment Weekly hasn't heard of Gran Torino, Bad Santa, Role Models, Natural Born Killers, etc.

Tropic Thunder
White Chicks
Team America
South Park
Borat
Don't Mess with the Zohan
Shallow Hal
Passion of the Christ

and those are just some of the modern ones.


Yeah, they'd never release a movie that was released 3 years ago today.
 
2012-04-26 10:08:35 AM
Dumb list. Almost all of those would be fine today, if a bit edgy. Taxi Driver doesn't need a remake (it's brilliant) but there are movies much like it coming out all the time.

Blazing Saddles, sadly, might be the only exception. Even the least PC among us has trouble saying the N-word out loud. Shame, really, it's just a word.
 
2012-04-26 10:15:43 AM
TV shows like the Jeffersons used "the enn word" all the time in episodes about racism. Even SNL used it. It goes without saying that wouldn't fly today. I think we've regressed in that regard.
 
2012-04-26 10:16:43 AM

Rev. Skarekroe: Rape jokes tend not to go down very well these days either...


I like rape.
 
2012-04-26 10:17:24 AM

qorkfiend: FlashHarry: Cythraul: The damn film was making fun of yokel, inbred, hicks.

you know, morons.

i dunno, though - considering that one of the first lines in the movie is, "dock that chink a day's pay for nappin' on the job..." i'm guessing they'd tone it down if it were made today.

Especially considering it was swiftly followed by "Horses! We can't afford to lose no horses. Send a couple of attractive and successful African-Americans."


I didn't know there was a new filter for "people that annoy you"!
 
2012-04-26 10:18:29 AM
um..yeah. 'song of the south' would (and still does) offend the shiat outta people.
 
2012-04-26 10:19:31 AM

Mugato: TV shows like the Jeffersons used "the enn word" all the time in episodes about racism. Even SNL used it. It goes without saying that wouldn't fly today. I think we've regressed in that regard.


i personally love the Sanford and Son episode when Lamont has to go to court, and Fred says something along the lines of "There are enough ni663rs in here to film a Tarzan movie".

so damn funny.
 
2012-04-26 10:20:46 AM
Well, they'd never re-make Battle Royale...oh, wait they did and re-named it, my bad.
 
2012-04-26 10:21:24 AM

Weaver95: um..yeah. 'song of the south' would (and still does) offend the shiat outta people.


how so? the blacks in that film are not slaves. it isn't particularly racist and the main character, a black man, is well portrayed and seems to be loved by most of the people in the film. have you SEEN the movie? It is pretty goddamn tame.
 
2012-04-26 10:21:43 AM

Mugato: That doesn't matter. The people who complain about this sort of thing never see the satire. They always take the content at face value no matter what the intent was.


THIS.

People with no sense of humor don't get the intended humor.
 
2012-04-26 10:22:08 AM

EyeballKid: Well, they'd never re-make Battle Royale...oh, wait they did and re-named it, my bad.


Hunger Games is nothing like Battle Royale except for the "kids fighting to the death" trope.
 
2012-04-26 10:22:26 AM
The most egregious use of racist stereotypes could be removed in a re-done Breakfast at Tiffany's, Gone With the Wind and Dumbo without too much trouble. You would't even have to change the scripts much, just the performances, really. Song of the South, of course, is kinda SOL, because the whole thing is a celebration of the antebellum feudal paradise in Ole Dixie.

Of course, the reboot we'd all love to see is Birth of a Nation, amirite?
 
2012-04-26 10:22:32 AM

EyeballKid: Well, they'd never re-make Battle Royale...oh, wait they did and re-named it, my bad.


We get it, you're hip.
 
2012-04-26 10:22:32 AM

frepnog: Mugato: TV shows like the Jeffersons used "the enn word" all the time in episodes about racism. Even SNL used it. It goes without saying that wouldn't fly today. I think we've regressed in that regard.

i personally love the Sanford and Son episode when Lamont has to go to court, and Fred says something along the lines of "There are enough ni663rs in here to film a Tarzan movie".

so damn funny.


And when Julio says "Buenas Dias Mr. Sanford" and Julio replies beans and disease to you too!
 
2012-04-26 10:23:34 AM

ihatedumbpeople: Mugato: That doesn't matter. The people who complain about this sort of thing never see the satire. They always take the content at face value no matter what the intent was.

THIS.

People with no sense of humor don't get the intended humor.


www.travel-newyork.org

that is why I love this guy. He says HORRIBLE things.... and it is just damn funny.
 
2012-04-26 10:24:33 AM

Cythraul: FTA: "SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991) Gay advocacy organizations threatened to disrupt the 1991 Oscars because they were unhappy with the depiction of homosexuals in Jonathan Demme's blockbuster thriller. "

I can't say I got all bent out of shape on that one, as a gay person.

Also, Blazing Saddles is still hilarious, and will be a classic forever. The damn film was making fun of yokel, inbred, hicks. Although there was a bit of stereotyping for black men in the film, this is the same film that referred to simple country folks as 'morons.'


Howard Johnson is right!
 
2012-04-26 10:24:44 AM

theorellior: Of course, the reboot we'd all love to see is Birth of a Nation, amirite?


That would definitely be a challenge in today's PC environment.
 
2012-04-26 10:25:56 AM
Gone with the Wind wouldn't get made today because it's a lousy movie.*

/*without fighting robots. Lousy movies with fighting robots do get made.
 
2012-04-26 10:26:42 AM
I ANYONE tries to remake Taxi Driver...I'm getting stabby!

History of the World/Caddyshack are two of the funniest damned things EVER in the history of EVER!

Some films just shouldn't be remade: Part of their brilliance lies in the cultural landscape they capture at the time they were made, not simply the story itself.

/Why yes, I am looking at you, Red Dawn!
//Don't be so quick to point and laugh, Footloose!
 
2012-04-26 10:27:14 AM

Mugato: calbert: kronicfeld: Based on that list, I guess Entertainment Weekly hasn't heard of Gran Torino, Bad Santa, Role Models, Natural Born Killers, etc.

Tropic Thunder
White Chicks
Team America
South Park
Borat
Don't Mess with the Zohan
Shallow Hal
Passion of the Christ

and those are just some of the modern ones.

Yeah, they'd never release a movie that was released 3 years ago today.


point is, politically incorrect movies will always be made, from Birth of a Nation (1915) to The Dictator (2012).
people will biatch about films that deal with the mentally ill, alcoholics, fat people, mentally challenged people, foreigners...

regardless as to how they are portrayed, or what the greater message is (The Ringer 2005). People will miss the message and focus on the perceived insensitivity to whatever cause they're heralding.
 
2012-04-26 10:27:18 AM

theflatline: frepnog: Mugato: TV shows like the Jeffersons used "the enn word" all the time in episodes about racism. Even SNL used it. It goes without saying that wouldn't fly today. I think we've regressed in that regard.

i personally love the Sanford and Son episode when Lamont has to go to court, and Fred says something along the lines of "There are enough ni663rs in here to film a Tarzan movie".

so damn funny.

And when Julio says "Buenas Dias Mr. Sanford" and Julio replies beans and disease to you too!


fred really was the black archie bunker. so damned racist. hehehehe
 
2012-04-26 10:28:32 AM

frepnog: i personally love the Sanford and Son episode when Lamont has to go to court, and Fred says something along the lines of "There are enough ni663rs in here to film a Tarzan movie".


When I was a kid I didn't quite get Sanford and Son, but I'd always watch part of it because it was in syndication before Rockford Files.

Later on I realized exactly what a genius Red Foxx was.
 
2012-04-26 10:28:33 AM
So did they miss the part where Bad News Bears was remade in 2005??

IMDB
 
2012-04-26 10:28:51 AM

BeatrixK: I ANYONE tries to remake Taxi Driver...I'm getting stabby!

History of the World/Caddyshack are two of the funniest damned things EVER in the history of EVER!

Some films just shouldn't be remade: Part of their brilliance lies in the cultural landscape they capture at the time they were made, not simply the story itself.

/Why yes, I am looking at you, Red Dawn!
//Don't be so quick to point and laugh, Footloose!


oh come now. the only really funny part of caddyshack is Bill Murray. Most of that film is just freakin terrible, and I own that POS on laserdisc.
 
2012-04-26 10:29:10 AM
Do to the people who made this list actually go to the movies and watch TV?

I mean, ten years ago HBO probably wouldn't have been able to air the sex scenes in Girls without getting a lot of flack. Or how about last episode of Game of Thrones, or the head twisting sex scene on True Blood two seasons ago.
 
2012-04-26 10:30:24 AM

qorkfiend: Especially considering it was swiftly followed by "Horses! We can't afford to lose no horses. Send a couple of attractive and successful African-Americans."
I didn't know there was a new filter for "people that annoy you"!


That's not new. Most of us just learned not to try and write it out. And I don't recall EVER hearing that word in any TV shows, not a long time ago and certainly not now.
 
2012-04-26 10:31:05 AM

GAT_00: Every single one of those except Song of the South could and would be made today.


^^^^
Done in......six.
 
2012-04-26 10:31:18 AM
using certain words, or depicting certain actions when in the context of the story isn't in and of itself offensive, when it is done wrong it can be, but when you are portraying events they way they are, or at least perceived, then sometimes idiots that don't understand the point will be offended.

Those people should be ridiculed publicly.
 
2012-04-26 10:31:20 AM
Bad news bears was remade with billy bob playing the coach.
 
2012-04-26 10:32:22 AM
Soul Man is a classic?
 
2012-04-26 10:33:32 AM

frepnog: Weaver95: um..yeah. 'song of the south' would (and still does) offend the shiat outta people.

how so? the blacks in that film are not slaves. it isn't particularly racist and the main character, a black man, is well portrayed and seems to be loved by most of the people in the film. have you SEEN the movie? It is pretty goddamn tame.


There's a new one. I've never heard anyone say 'Song of the South' isn't particularly racist before.
 
2012-04-26 10:34:28 AM

cryinoutloud: qorkfiend: Especially considering it was swiftly followed by "Horses! We can't afford to lose no horses. Send a couple of attractive and successful African-Americans."
I didn't know there was a new filter for "people that annoy you"!

That's not new. Most of us just learned not to try and write it out. And I don't recall EVER hearing that word in any TV shows, not a long time ago and certainly not now.


yeah in the 70's it was used alot. Fred Sanford in particularly, it was heard on Good Times, it was used on the Jeffersons. They edit it out usually these days but if you catch those shows on TVONE they are generally uncut.
 
2012-04-26 10:35:36 AM

Gecko Gingrich: Rev. Skarekroe: Rape jokes tend not to go down very well these days either...

I like rape.


Well you only said it once.
 
2012-04-26 10:35:54 AM
Entertainment which makes fun of people because of how they look?

kikichaos.com

I don't see that happening.
 
2012-04-26 10:37:07 AM

cryinoutloud: qorkfiend: Especially considering it was swiftly followed by "Horses! We can't afford to lose no horses. Send a couple of attractive and successful African-Americans."
I didn't know there was a new filter for "people that annoy you"!

That's not new. Most of us just learned not to try and write it out. And I don't recall EVER hearing that word in any TV shows, not a long time ago and certainly not now.


I didn't write it out, though. I used the word with the "a" that South Park taught us.
 
2012-04-26 10:40:28 AM

GAT_00: frepnog: Weaver95: um..yeah. 'song of the south' would (and still does) offend the shiat outta people.

how so? the blacks in that film are not slaves. it isn't particularly racist and the main character, a black man, is well portrayed and seems to be loved by most of the people in the film. have you SEEN the movie? It is pretty goddamn tame.

There's a new one. I've never heard anyone say 'Song of the South' isn't particularly racist before.


I think with somethings you have to consider the time it was made, the people that made it, and the intent of the movie. I don't think it racist by design, and i don't think it was racist then. However the stereotypes it portrays and storyline itself certainly today is viewed as extremely racist.
 
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