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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 10:40:48 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.

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


The toy is a great example. Whne I was a kid I just saw it as a story about a boy with no friends finding one I didnt know much about racism at teh time, but I knew something was going on I didnt get. Whne I saw it in later years with my grown up eyes I saw how even more brilliant it was and funny too.
 
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2012-04-26 10:41:15 AM  

simplicimus: List left off Putney Swope. Yes, I know no one has ever seen it.


hah! That movie is awesome
 
2012-04-26 10:41:28 AM  

GAT_00: There's a new one. I've never heard anyone say 'Song of the South' isn't particularly racist before.


I wouldn't say it's a common sentiment, but I've heard it before, especially from Real Americans.
 
2012-04-26 10:41:43 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 have it on dvd copied from the japanese laserdisc. It is as good a copy as is likely to ever get out. I have seen the movie several times. It might not be politically correct, but it isn't really all that blatantly racist either. The blacks are portrayed as happy as they work in fields, but they aren't slaves. The main character is black and is well portrayed and loved by the white main character. The cartoons are just cartoons - if you WANT to see racism in "The Tar Baby" then I suppose you can, but it is just a lump of tar with a hat on that Brer Fox gets stuck in. No one says the n word. My kids have seen the film and never saw any overt racism in it.

It isn't really all that racist if you just watch the film and take it for what is actually on display, and don't read into it things that on the whole are NOT on display. Gone with the Wind is FAR more racist in it's portrayal of blacks.... and is an american classic.
 
2012-04-26 10:44:21 AM  
I can't get my wife to understand why Blazing Saddles and All in the Family are funny. "But racism!" she says. I patiently explain that the idiots and bad guys are the racists, and they lose in the end. I think she's just afraid of the words.
 
2012-04-26 10:46:53 AM  

frepnog: 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.

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that is why I love this guy. He says HORRIBLE things.... and it is just damn funny.


It's ok because his best friend is Cuban and that's close enough.

This list should have just been called "Politically Incorrect Movies"
 
2012-04-26 10:47:32 AM  
I would say that Alfie should be on the list except that they did remake it. Of course the remake is very watered down, the sexism is less blatant and the whole abortion scene is missing.
 
2012-04-26 10:48:52 AM  
Bleak and violent, it also featured a preteen prostitute played by a 12-year-old Jodie Foster. (Taxi Driver)

Pretty Baby (1978) featured a 12-year-old prostitute played by Brooke Shields. Good luck ever re-making that one.
 
2012-04-26 10:50:31 AM  
If you think these movies are bad, try watching older movies from the 40's. They have no qualms about portraying blacks as lesser humans.

frepnog: 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.


Yep. I caught an episode of Sanford and Son a couple of weeks ago where Fred had to go to court. He defended himself against a ticket written by a white cop. He pointed out that everyone in court that day aside from the cop and judge were n***ers. He said the word three or four times while trying to make his point.
 
2012-04-26 10:51:51 AM  
Words are just a lot more dangerous than they used to be. Several have had to be killed.
 
2012-04-26 10:52:45 AM  
bad news bears wouldnt get remade today?

did they fail to realize that it was remade back in 05
 
2012-04-26 10:53:39 AM  

Ivo Shandor: Bleak and violent, it also featured a preteen prostitute played by a 12-year-old Jodie Foster. (Taxi Driver)

Pretty Baby (1978) featured a 12-year-old prostitute played by Brooke Shields. Good luck ever re-making that one.


I have drinks in one of the hotels where much of that movie was filmed (the columns). I think the place is beautiful. but, that movie was a real stinker.

/ the bartender there overpours my drinks... so, yeah... that's pretty much what it takes to make a regular and get a good tip.
 
2012-04-26 10:54:22 AM  

Ivo Shandor: Bleak and violent, it also featured a preteen prostitute played by a 12-year-old Jodie Foster. (Taxi Driver)

Pretty Baby (1978) featured a 12-year-old prostitute played by Brooke Shields. Good luck ever re-making that one.


For the same reason, any of David Hamilton's movies. I mean, a shower scene featuring 13-14-15 year old ballerinas? The producers would get lynched for even suggesting it.
 
2012-04-26 10:54:25 AM  

Freakin Rican: bad news bears wouldnt get remade today?

did they fail to realize that it was remade back in 05


And it was a horrible remake. So watered down.

/"This is non-alcoholic beer"
 
2012-04-26 10:55:43 AM  
In 20 years, when we have semi-sentient sex robots, it will be un-PC to like Blade Runner.
 
2012-04-26 10:57:15 AM  

Tyrone Biggums: Freakin Rican: bad news bears wouldnt get remade today?

did they fail to realize that it was remade back in 05

And it was a horrible remake. So watered down.

/"This is non-alcoholic beer"


yes it was but instead of bail bonds they had strippers. he sleeps with the kids mother. it still had alot of the elements of a bad coach coaching kids.

looking through the list most of it fails. i wouldnt see one reason why one of those would get remade today.
airplane? really? stupid list is stupid. rant off
 
2012-04-26 10:57:57 AM  
Forget movies, TV commericals are how you measure today's culture. People can complain the PC movement went too far, but try finding one commercial for cleaning products that doesn't have a woman in it.
 
2012-04-26 10:58:13 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.


It's certainly racist (the black characters are portrayed as being happily subservient to whites), but it's significantly less racist than either Breakfast at Tiffany's or Gone With the Wind, both of which are still regarded as classics.
 
2012-04-26 10:58:40 AM  
"Taxi Driver" couldn't be remade today because it's bleak and violent?

Man, I must be watching movies from a parallel universe. I think they call this universe "Europe" because a number of the recent imports I've seen have been pretty dark and violent.

Plus, "Boardwalk Empire" is one of the darkest things I've ever watched. I've felt like taking a shower after several of those episodes.

/when does it return?
 
2012-04-26 10:59:10 AM  

LDM90: I can't get my wife to understand why Blazing Saddles and All in the Family are funny. "But racism!" she says. I patiently explain that the idiots and bad guys are the racists, and they lose in the end. I think she's just afraid of the words.


Very common, i let a buy borrow my blazing saddles DVD. he came back the next day, he couldn't make it through the movie, and thought we were all crazy because of the language.

Some people, you just can't reach.
 
2012-04-26 10:59:11 AM  
Ah that's some good old family racism.
 
2012-04-26 11:00:41 AM  
Teabaggers and race card pullers both misconstrue the Tar Baby story although it is an excellent analogy for many situations.
 
2012-04-26 11:01:38 AM  

calbert: and 'Crippled Masters' ftw



Holy shiat! I have that on VHS! I don't have a VHS player, but I have that tape.
 
2012-04-26 11:02:35 AM  
And also....

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2012-04-26 11:02:44 AM  
Revenge of the Nerds. If it were made today, the Lambdas would be locked up for voyeurism, corrupting a minor (Wormser) Loius could be in jail for rape, the Alphas would lose their charter for hazing...
 
2012-04-26 11:06:38 AM  

poo flinging monkey: So did they miss the part where Bad News Bears was remade in 2005??

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Billy Bob Thornton was a good choice, but it was sanitized.

Should have made a sequel with Tatum O'Neal and Jackie Earl Haley as rival coaches who used to be married to one another. Add in their kids who play on rival teams.

/oh, and Tanner as an Anger Management counselor
 
2012-04-26 11:08:53 AM  
Lumberjack: What's your last name?
Long Duk Dong: Dong.
Lumberjack: What's your first name?
Long Duk Dong: Long.
Lumberjack: What's your middle name?
Long Duk Dong: Duk.

--------------------------------------------------------------------- - -----------------------------

Jake: Open the door.
Long Duk Dong: No way, Jose!
Jake: Open the door.
Long Duk Dong: You beat up my face.
Jake: You grabbed my nuts.
Long Duk Dong: Is that you?
Jake: Yeah, that me.
Long Duk Dong: Oh, I'm so sorry. I thought you my new - new-style American girlfriend.
 
2012-04-26 11:10:15 AM  

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


The new Bad News Bears showed that is not the case.
 
2012-04-26 11:10:41 AM  

Orgasmatron138: People can complain the PC movement went too far, but try finding one commercial for cleaning products that doesn't have a woman in it.


...and?

I do remember when it was a big controversial deal when they started running commercials for condoms. Today, it's "KY Special Enhancing lube to make her special moment explode in an orgasmic wave of ecstasy as she begs for you to fire your seed all over her quivering...we now return to The Suite Life of Zack and Cody on the Disney Channel".
 
2012-04-26 11:12:14 AM  
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These movies still get greenlit. They're just not all that funny (except White Chicks, guilty pleasure). So we don't see as many of them anymore.
 
2012-04-26 11:12:21 AM  
There's bits of Gregory's Girl that wouldn't get made now, where the teachers in the staff room are talking about nailing school girls.

There's definitely been a change in how people perceive teenage sex with adults over the past 20 years in the UK. The Sun used to feature 16 year old girls.

Bill Wyman married the 18 year old Mandy Smith, but had been nailing her since she was 14. Today, that would basically result in Wyman being ousted by the media. It would be the end of his career. Back then, he appeared on chat shows. At worst, an eyebrow was raised.
 
2012-04-26 11:14:43 AM  

Cythraul: 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.


Probably because it wasn't un-PC. It was out and out racist.
 
2012-04-26 11:15:06 AM  

poo flinging monkey: So did they miss the part where Bad News Bears was remade in 2005??

IMDB


That's the perfect example of the point that article is trying to make. That re-make was bland, boring crap and the original is one of the top 3 sports movies ever.

The Longest Yard is another good example.
 
2012-04-26 11:16:25 AM  
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One of us. Gooble Gobble.

/The only film I can think of that wouldn't be made today.
 
2012-04-26 11:16:58 AM  

Mugato: Orgasmatron138: People can complain the PC movement went too far, but try finding one commercial for cleaning products that doesn't have a woman in it.

...and?

I do remember when it was a big controversial deal when they started running commercials for condoms. Today, it's "KY Special Enhancing lube to make her special moment explode in an orgasmic wave of ecstasy as she begs for you to fire your seed all over her quivering...we now return to The Suite Life of Zack and Cody on the Disney Channel".


i haven't seen those commercials played during kids shows. maybe it's just me.
 
2012-04-26 11:17:05 AM  

stevetherobot: Probably because it wasn't un-PC. It was out and out racist.


Well it was a KKK propaganda film. On the other hand, it was probably the most influential film ever in regards to film technique. It's always the first film they show you in film school.
 
2012-04-26 11:18:40 AM  

frepnog: 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.


I really don't remember that, and my mother watched Sanford and Son all the time . Not that I was ever a big TV-watcher, but you'd think I'd remember. It wasn't a word my family used.

Times have changed, I guess.
 
2012-04-26 11:19:36 AM  

frepnog: i haven't seen those commercials played during kids shows. maybe it's just me.


I was engaging in hyperbole. I don't even know if I get the Disney Channel. But they do show commercials like that in prime time.
 
2012-04-26 11:20:49 AM  

theorellior: 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.


pretty much what I was thinking. even if the racist scenes in the original were rather overt, they're relatively minor. in the grand scheme of the movie.

did the article not know about the Bad News Bears remake? Granted, I haven't seen it, so I don't know how relatively un-PC it was (my bet is that the kids smoking and drinking was probably nixed), but it does kind of destroy their argument for that movie. Making changes to minor plots isn't nearly on par with something like a Blazing Saddles remake that would barely resemble the original.
 
2012-04-26 11:21:47 AM  
The Jerk was awesome, I'm sure they could swing it now. Maybe.
 
2012-04-26 11:21:53 AM  

MrBallou: 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.


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Perhaps you're unfamiliar with a little show called The Boondocks.
 
2012-04-26 11:22:15 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.'


If Blazing Saddles were remade today the exact same way it was made before the Right would be in an uproar claiming it was making fun of white Christians and using it as an example of the war on white Christians.

The Presidents a Ni@@er!

Obama dressed in a messengers outfit rings Bin Laden's doorbell, and when Bin Laden opens the door he hands him a box and says "Telegram for Bin Laden", then Obama saunters of and boom. No more Bin Laden.

Then the next day an old lady walks up to Obama and says, "Thank you, Ni@@er."
 
2012-04-26 11:23:56 AM  

stevetherobot: Probably because it wasn't un-PC. It was out and out racist.


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2012-04-26 11:24:05 AM  

LDM90: I can't get my wife to understand why Blazing Saddles and All in the Family are funny. "But racism!" she says. I patiently explain that the idiots and bad guys are the racists, and they lose in the end. I think she's just afraid of the words.


I don't find either of them funny, but not because of the racism... Rather, because of the terrible, terrible acting and stilted dialogue. Blazing Saddles in particular has several scenes that were clearly ad libbed by actors who may be fine when working from a script but are lost without one.
 
2012-04-26 11:24:49 AM  

carrion_luggage: 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!


Dr. Olson Johnson is right about Howard Johnson being right!
 
2012-04-26 11:25:15 AM  
Missing "Murder By Death" - Peter Faulk has some choice words for Peter Sellers late in the movie.
 
2012-04-26 11:25:29 AM  
Candy-gram.
 
2012-04-26 11:26:09 AM  
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The wacky adventures of a bumbling dad trying to take care of children? A month ago, dads got their panties in a twist over a Huggies commercial.
 
2012-04-26 11:28:41 AM  

poo flinging monkey: So did they miss the part where Bad News Bears was remade in 2005??

IMDB


This is lazy journalism at its finest. Create a controversy where none exists, claim "political correctness" to bring in the Breitbart crowd, and pretend that societal changes never happen. Fact checking recent remakes, or noting that Family Guy does more offensive stuff every Sunday on broadcast than Blazing Saddles did in two hours, is not part of the equation.
 
2012-04-26 11:29:26 AM  
"Blazing Saddles" is the most anti-racist movie I know of.
 
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