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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 11:30:03 AM  
unrealitymag.com

STOP TAKING THE WHITE WOMEN!
 
2012-04-26 11:33:38 AM  

Mugato: 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.


Which is brilliant marketing if I do say so myself. "Your kids are going to bed very soon. Buy some lube for the evening and get it in before the little brats wake up and ask to sleep in your bed!"

I mean really if they waited until after primetime to air those commercials, it would be too late!

Also - Considering pedophiles probably comprise a good chunk of the disney channels demo it probably wouldn't be a bad ad for them.

/sorry
 
2012-04-26 11:34:52 AM  
When I saw Breakfast at Tiffany's, I was stunned by Rooney's cringe-worthy performance. I could accept it as a product of its time, but I just didn't fit in with the movie. Wonderful movie otherwise.
 
2012-04-26 11:35:55 AM  

Grandemadaca: When I saw Breakfast at Tiffany's, I was stunned by Rooney's cringe-worthy performance. I could accept it as a product of its time, but I just didn't fit in with the movie. Wonderful movie otherwise.


He was the Jar Jar Binks of that movie, added solely for slapstick effect.
 
2012-04-26 11:38:15 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.


I never even thought of the character as being gay. I just thought he was f-ed up.
 
2012-04-26 11:38:49 AM  

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

IMDB


Were the kids drinking and smoking?
 
2012-04-26 11:39:52 AM  

improvius: 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.

I never even thought of the character as being gay. I just thought he was f-ed up.


Yeah, it was never even implied that Buffalo Bill was gay, just a freak who wanted to make a woman suit.
 
2012-04-26 11:40:31 AM  

Theaetetus: Grandemadaca: When I saw Breakfast at Tiffany's, I was stunned by Rooney's cringe-worthy performance. I could accept it as a product of its time, but I just didn't fit in with the movie. Wonderful movie otherwise.

He was the Jar Jar Binks of that movie, added solely for slapstick effect.


Brilliant comparison!

Have a cookie.
 
2012-04-26 11:41:14 AM  

Jake Havechek: improvius: 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.

I never even thought of the character as being gay. I just thought he was f-ed up.

Yeah, it was never even implied that Buffalo Bill was gay, just a freak who wanted to make a woman suit.


You mean the penis tuck and mangina dance in front of the mirror didn't give you that impression?
 
2012-04-26 11:41:40 AM  
We're not any more PC than we were 20 years ago. The same racy jokes are still being made -- the internet has just magnified the outrage that has always been there is all.
 
2012-04-26 11:43:14 AM  

Pep Streebeck: And also....

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Heck, Stephen King pulled "Rage" in a poorly thought out move.

Any movie with a school violent plot is definitely going to be tamed these days.

"Imitatable acts," something something.

Oh, a movie that couldn't be made today? The Blue Lagoon.
 
2012-04-26 11:43:24 AM  

Jake Havechek: improvius: 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.

I never even thought of the character as being gay. I just thought he was f-ed up.

Yeah, it was never even implied that Buffalo Bill was gay, just a freak who wanted to make a woman suit.


PSH! You call THAT gay? I'm straight as rainbows and do that every weekend!

err...

DAMNIT I said too much again..
 
2012-04-26 11:43:36 AM  

ongbok: Jake Havechek: improvius: 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.

I never even thought of the character as being gay. I just thought he was f-ed up.

Yeah, it was never even implied that Buffalo Bill was gay, just a freak who wanted to make a woman suit.

You mean the penis tuck and mangina dance in front of the mirror didn't give you that impression?


No. Transvestism and/or transexualism are not inherently gay in and of themselves.

Rudy Guiliani likes to dress up as a woman, so did J Edgar Hoover and John Wayne.
 
2012-04-26 11:45:18 AM  
Ah... Song of the South... I'm not a big fan of Disney, but my wife LOVES Disney. So when she asked me to add some of her Disney Films to our media server a while back so she could watch them over our network (she's got tons of Disney DVD's, but do most of our movie watching over one of the media PC's now) I made sure to download and include Song of the South in the folder, as a gentle impish jab. She scowled at me at first for a second when she saw it, and then was amused I was able to find it at all.

Note to Disney: locking things up in "the vault" doesn't work so well any more. It just means when my wife wants one of the few Disney films she doesn't already have that I have to download it for her instead of her picking it up on DVD on the way home.
 
2012-04-26 11:45:22 AM  

king_nacho: 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.


Is this about the one African American kid tripping on screen.. isnt it?

/sarcasm off.. could not help it.
 
2012-04-26 11:49:17 AM  
neverpool.com

Classic movies are classic for a reason: If you try to do it in this day and age, there's a 0.0000000000001% chance it'll come off as good or better then the original.

For example: King Kong; the '76 remake sucked...badly.

/I know, the Peter Jackson version was great
//One: it falls in that 0.0000000000001%
///Two: It was a second remake, not the initial
 
2012-04-26 11:49:32 AM  
What? No Freaked?

upload.wikimedia.org

/embarrassed to say I own this movie on DVD....
 
2012-04-26 11:50:10 AM  
Yes, it is a dumb list.

But, it is Entertainment Weekly, who are yokel, inbred, hicks.
 
2012-04-26 11:52:42 AM  

Mugato: 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.


Case in point: people are still trying to get Huckleberry Finn banned from school libraries. There was even a publisher that printed an edition with all the N-words removed. Dunno if the character is Attractive and Successful African-American Jim in that version.
 
2012-04-26 11:52:49 AM  

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

I like rape.


You would like "I spit on your grave " then.
 
2012-04-26 11:53:18 AM  

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


Without "Putney Swope", one of the greatest films of the 20th century, Robert Downey Jr's performance in "Tropic Thunder" would not have been so brilliant.
 
2012-04-26 11:55:04 AM  
www.dvdlink.ca
 
2012-04-26 11:55:07 AM  
"Deliverance" didn't make that list?
 
2012-04-26 11:55:27 AM  
Slideshow? Posted in full:

DUMBO (1941)
When Dumbo and Timothy Q. Mouse find themselves up a tree after a pink-elephant bender, they encounter five wisecracking blackbirds, who are clearly African-American caricatures from the period, right down to their flashy dress. The gang's leader is even named ... Jim Crow. You'd hope such crass depictions wouldn't exist today, but then again, there was Jar Jar Binks. -Jeff Labrecque

BLAZING SADDLES (1974)
Mel Brooks' wild, wild Western might be a four-alarm fire of politically correct outrage if it were made today. Where to begin? The fact that the sheriff is-a-near drives the entire plot? NAACP on line 1. The fact that small-town folk are portrayed as close-minded simpletons? Sarah Palin waiting on line 2. The fact that a Busby Berkeley dance number is dominated by hissing ''sissy Marys''? GLAAD on line 3. And let's not forget that Mongo punches out a horse. Pretty sure that PETA wouldn't be too pleased about that. -JL

THE BAD NEWS BEARS (1976)
Kids learn to play the national pastime. Huzzah! Girl beats the boys at their own game. Go, girl! Coach passes out drunk in front of his players. Right on? Kid cusses at adults and his teammates, calling them out using a plethora of racial and sexual epithets. Easy, Tanner. Kids are sore losers who celebrate by chugging beers. Totally, completely un-American. (Um, I can't wait to watch this again.) -JL

TAXI DRIVER (1976)
Martin Scorsese's rage-against-the-machine masterpiece came to life probably in the only period in Hollywood history - the Easy Rider/Raging Bull late 1970s-early 1980s - that it artistically could. Bleak and violent, it also featured a preteen prostitute played by a 12-year-old Jodie Foster. You might not believe it, but there are no Taxi Driver remakes in the works. -JL

THE JERK (1979)
Navin Johnson was born a poor black child, singing and dancing on his family's porch down in Mississippi. Alas, pale-faced Steve Martin played rhythm-challenged Navin, and this hit film didn't flinch from flirting with racial stereotypes.-JL

AIRPLANE! (1980)
Like Mel Brooks, the Zucker brothers mined uncomfortable stereotypes for comic effect, but modern audiences might not appreciate jive-talking African-Americans who require subtitles and African tribesmen who naturally excel at basketball. Moreover, would a pilot (Peter Graves) who likes gladiator movies a little too much be allowed near a young boy in a script today? -JL

CADDYSHACK (1980)
Rodney Dangerfield meant no offense when he introduced his soft-spoken golfing partner, but Mr. Wang wasn't exactly building bridges to the Asian-American community, what with the clichéd portrayal of an Asian tourist who snaps multiple pictures of the parking lot. -JL

HISTORY OF THE WORLD - PART I (1981)
Mel Brooks painted man's evolution with a series of comical vignettes spanning the Stone Age to the French Revolution. The Catholic League might be shaking in anger over the musical number where bathing beauties, dressed like Inquisition-era nuns, emerge from the swimming pool to form a menorah. Oy, the agony! Oy, the shame!-JL

SOUL MAN (1986)
''Guess who's coming to college?'' read this film's movie poster, as if to conjure up goodwill and comparisons to the seminal Sidney Poitier film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Yes, because interracial marriage in 1967 is the same thing as donning blackface and Jheri curls to get into Harvard Law. -JL

A FISH CALLED WANDA (1988)
One of the funniest films of the 1980s made a ruthless running joke out of Michael Palin's character's paralyzing speech impediment. When he won't or can't reveal the secrets to the stolen diamonds, he must either be kissed (by Jamie Lee Curtis) or tortured (by Kevin Kline). But just when you're feeling really sorry for him, stuttering Ken kills three defenseless lapdogs.-JL

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, so you can imagine how today's more-vocal groups would react to a gender-confused killer (Ted Levine) who was kind only to his beloved poodle, Precious. -JL

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (1998)
The Farrelly brothers have included characters with physical disabilities in many of their films, but Mary introduced a conniving stalker (Lee Evans) whose very handicap - though it turns out to be fake - is played for laughs. Matt Dillon's character's treatment of special-needs students also rubbed some the wrong way. -JL

SONG OF THE SOUTH (1946)
Disney's Song of the South may be impossible to see on home video - it's locked up tight in the Disney vault, protected by steel doors, retinal scanners, and an army of sentient mops - but its influence can still be seen from the Song-inspired Splash Mountain ride at Disneyland to the film's perennially hummed tune ''Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.'' The 1946 live-action/animation hybrid was criticized by the NAACP upon release for its seemingly utopian depiction of the post-slavery South and the minstrel source of Uncle Remus' stories. While some believe that pretending it never existed runs uncomfortably parallel to the film's own revisionism, this Song of the South is still very out of tune. -Keith Staskiewicz

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961)
When people think of Breakfast at Tiffany's, they think of Audrey Hepburn in elbow-length gloves, coyly chomping a long, black cigarette holder. But while it gave us Golightly, when it came to portraying Japanese neighbor Mr. Yunioshi, the film went about as lightly as a lead-footed elephant. Played by an over-the-top Mickey Rooney in buck-toothed, supremely offensive yellowface, he is like a dead fly in the orange juice: the one thing that prevents Breakfast from being perfect. -KS

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
The adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's historical romance became the iconic Hollywood classic. But the portrayal of the African-American characters is incredibly troubling. More than a few people have accused the characters of Mammy and Prissy of exemplifying ''Happy Slave'' stereotypes. (Prissy especially has some lines that can't help but make you wince: ''Lawzy, we got to have a doctor. I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies.'') You've also got the surprisingly brazen treatment of the nature of the Civil War: According to Wind, the Old South was a paradise unfairly ruined by the war. -Darren Franich

KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE (1977)
The first film from Airplane! parodists David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker would probably not get made today for two reasons. First of all, the episodic structure lends itself more to online sketch comedy. But more to the point, the film is relentlessly un-PC - you think parents would stand for Catholic High School Girls in Trouble? -DF

EARLY JAMES BOND MOVIES)
The James Bond movies were arguably the first globalized movie franchise, as 007 interacted with every far-flung culture around the (Cold War) world. The flip side of all that multiculturalism is that the early Bonds have a laundry list of offenses. In You Only Live Twice, Sean Connery goes ''undercover'' as a Japanese man (a process that basically involves getting his chest hair waxed from skimpily dressed girls). The problems persisted into the Roger Moore era - see Live and Let Die, where pretty much every African-American character is in on the weird gangster/voodoo/island-dictator conspiracy. -DF

48 HRS. (1982)
The N-word gets tossed around pretty freely in this iconic buddy comedy - especially by Nick Nolte, who plays an unrepentantly racist cop. Eddie Murphy also became a star in the scene where he faces down a bar full of rednecks. It's still funny almost 30 years later... but it's hard to imagine the scene wouldn't ignite serious controversy today, especially compared with the PG-13ified humor of later 48 HRS. imitators like Rush Hour.-DF
 
2012-04-26 12:00:29 PM  
Y'know what else couldn't be made today.

images4.fanpop.com
 
2012-04-26 12:00:43 PM  

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.


Depending on who plays the repeats, the n word is cut out of the Jeffersons and other shows. Totally kills the point of some episodes. TVLand is the biggest culprit.
 
2012-04-26 12:01:24 PM  
I never liked Mickey Rooney anyway.
 
2012-04-26 12:02:01 PM  

Rwa2play: For example: King Kong; the '76 remake sucked...badly.

/I know, the Peter Jackson version was great


I like the '76 one better
 
2012-04-26 12:04:11 PM  
If I had the money I would make a PC version of Blazing Saddles
 
2012-04-26 12:05:06 PM  
I loved every one of those movies except for Soul Man.

I was born a little late to appreciate Gone With The Wind as well.
 
2012-04-26 12:06:05 PM  
As long as there are magical negroes, helpful gays that improve the love lives of all around them (while never having onscreen relationships), wise native medicine men, nerdy indians and east asians, "daring" interracial relationships (nearly always between a handsome white man and a light skinned african american) Hollywood has nothing to teach us on race relations.
 
2012-04-26 12:06:29 PM  

hbk72777: 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.

Depending on who plays the repeats, the n word is cut out of the Jeffersons and other shows. Totally kills the point of some episodes. TVLand is the biggest culprit.


The one episode of the Jeffersons that I never ever see in reruns is the episode when George saves the life of the White Supremacist. Also another show that dealt with a lot of racial topics that people forget about is WKRP.
 
2012-04-26 12:08:37 PM  

Mugato: Rwa2play: For example: King Kong; the '76 remake sucked...badly.

/I know, the Peter Jackson version was great

I like the '76 one better


i don't remember the 1976 remake, and have yet to see the peter jackson remake, but when i was a kid the 1986 king kong lives was really good. i was 10 when it came out and i'm pretty sure i saw it at the theater. haven't seen it in a few years, so don't know if it stood the test of time
 
2012-04-26 12:09:21 PM  

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. "
'



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upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-04-26 12:10:36 PM  
I would like to express my appreciation to this article for reminding me that I need to get another copy of Blazing Saddles.
 
2012-04-26 12:11:20 PM  
Hollywood is so up and up with re-makes the article is like taunting a child, egging him/her on to go ahead, and try to re-make anyone of these.
 
2012-04-26 12:12:59 PM  
Zorro The Gay Blade could be on that list as well.
 
2012-04-26 12:14:51 PM  

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


www.nj.com
Tony would love to sit and chat about how his show offended at least one group every single episode but he
 
2012-04-26 12:15:04 PM  
moviesovermatter.files.wordpress.com

richmondthenandnow.com
 
2012-04-26 12:16:46 PM  

joeyjoejoeshabado: If I had the money I would make a PC version of Blazing Saddles


i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-04-26 12:19:09 PM  
"I'm surrounded by meatheads, dingbats and pollacks."
media.giantbomb.com


And just because I like this shot...
images.sodahead.com
 
2012-04-26 12:19:16 PM  

ongbok: Jake Havechek: improvius: 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.

I never even thought of the character as being gay. I just thought he was f-ed up.

Yeah, it was never even implied that Buffalo Bill was gay, just a freak who wanted to make a woman suit.

You mean the penis tuck and mangina dance in front of the mirror didn't give you that impression?


Most of the gay guys I know seem pretty happy about having their own penis. And they wouldn't want to be anywhere near a vagina, much less have one.
 
2012-04-26 12:21:09 PM  

Generation_D: Deslided version


Bless you.
 
2012-04-26 12:22:20 PM  

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.'


The whole idea that "Buffalo Bill" was somehow a depiction of homosexuals is mind numbingly stupid. It is not a depiction of homosexuals, it is a depiction of one lunatic who may or may not have been homosexual.

If their allegation is true, then every fricking episode of Law and Order SVU is a bad depiction of heterosexuals.
 
2012-04-26 12:23:18 PM  
Given that Richard Pryor wrote most of the screenplay for Blazing Saddles, was the one who helped convince Mel Brooks that it would work (even though no one thought it could be made) but didn't get the part of the Sheriff due to his drug abuse (the studio wouldn't insure him), I'm getting a kick out of the fact that the movie couldn't be made today. I think in the right context, any movie could be made about any subject - it's all in the marketing.

/The commentary for Blazing Saddles was quite informative
//They originally wanted John Wayne to be the Waco Kid, but he politely refused
///I wouldn't dare remake it because a classic is a classic. Plus after Spaceballs someone should have just frozen Brooks in carbonite for posterity.
 
2012-04-26 12:23:19 PM  

improvius: Most of the gay guys I know seem pretty happy about having their own penis. And they wouldn't want to be anywhere near a vagina, much less have one.


Yeah, gays get all pissy if you confuse transsexuals with gays and yet these gays were all up in arms over the wannabe tranny in SotL? You fellas need to get together and form a consensus about what you're pissed about.
 
2012-04-26 12:26:25 PM  

th0th: Given that Richard Pryor wrote most of the screenplay for Blazing Saddles, was the one who helped convince Mel Brooks that it would work (even though no one thought it could be made) but didn't get the part of the Sheriff due to his drug abuse (the studio wouldn't insure him), I'm getting a kick out of the fact that the movie couldn't be made today. I think in the right context, any movie could be made about any subject - it's all in the marketing.

/The commentary for Blazing Saddles was quite informative
//They originally wanted John Wayne to be the Waco Kid, but he politely refused
///I wouldn't dare remake it because a classic is a classic. Plus after Spaceballs someone should have just frozen Brooks in carbonite for posterity.


Look at what happened to Transformers 2. The twins were called racists even though they say in the first film that they, the autobots, learn of earths culture through the internet. So it was bond that 1 or 2 bots would see something along the line as being a gangster as a norm for earth culture.
 
2012-04-26 12:28:31 PM  

oldfarthenry: 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!


In one of my theater history classes, the professor quoted one of the great comedians (and I am paraphrasing): "It's not funny to dress a guy up like an old lady, put him in a wheel chair, and roll him off a cliff. It's got to be a real old lady."
 
2012-04-26 12:31:38 PM  

Mugato: Rwa2play: For example: King Kong; the '76 remake sucked...badly.

/I know, the Peter Jackson version was great

I like the '76 one better


So you're the one.

/Sorry, but using the WTC instead of the ESB smacked to me as contrived.
/At least Peter Jackson had the smarts to not screw up the original script
/That + modern-day CGI = awesome
 
2012-04-26 12:31:53 PM  
Social standards change.

Half the movies made in the 40's would get an R rating today for glorifying smoking. Everybody in nearly every scene has a cigarette in hand.

There is an episode of Bewitched form the late 60s that never gets played in syndication. Why? Darren's bosses wife is pregnant and freaking out about telling him. Samantha is calming her down by feeding her martinis one after another.

The other day I caught an old Jetsons episode. George comes home from work and plops down with martini and a cigarette. No way that makes it into a kids cartoon these days
 
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