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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 09:25:12 PM
Are you telling me that the line about "Kansas City f*ggots" wouldn't go over so well today?
 
2012-04-26 09:29:23 PM

mooseyfate: I would kill for one last, incredibly offensive Mel Brook's film.


(paraphrasing from memory)
"If you cut your finger, it's tragedy.
If you fall in a hole and die, it's comedy"

/not offensive, just an example of why I love the guy
 
2012-04-26 09:29:41 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: qorkfiend: 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.

You mean "attractive and successful African-Americans"?


Dammit!!
 
2012-04-26 09:44:04 PM

One Bad Apple: 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


I remember Eddie dropping the N bomb pretty freely all throughout the movie but not Nolte. He drops quite a few other slurs but never the actual N bomb.


Huh? He says it and if I recall correctly he sort of apologizes towards the end of the movie about it.
 
2012-04-26 09:44:46 PM
When I was a kid, I didn't know the crows in Dumbo were supposed to be African-American stereotypes. I'd never been exposed to that stereotype, therefore I never made the connection.

I think Song of the South should be released, but maybe with an intro that puts it into context. I think that would make everyone happy. You can't just gloss over history and pretend bad things never happened. I watched The Princess and the Frog, which takes place in New Orleans in the 1920s, and it bothered me that the film tried to pretend that blacks and whites got along perfectly back then. I mean, there were hints at segregation, but for the most part, the film glossed over it.
 
2012-04-26 09:58:16 PM
we'll also never see another:

www.ping.be
 
2012-04-26 10:02:04 PM

Tyrone Biggums:

Huh? He says it and if I recall correctly he sort of apologizes towards the end of the movie about it.


You're right. Beginning of the fist fight
 
2012-04-26 10:27:37 PM
www.gutbrain.com

o.aolcdn.com

/me remembers when going black face was funny
 
2012-04-26 10:41:06 PM
I liked all those movies.

Go figure.
 
2012-04-26 11:01:03 PM
I've never understood the outrage about the crows in 'Dumbo '. They are farkin' cool. I wouldn't mind being associated with them.
 
2012-04-26 11:02:37 PM

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


I own it, biatch!
 
2012-04-26 11:03:12 PM
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"Remember that delightul social experiment of ours,Mortimer?"
 
2012-04-26 11:05:30 PM

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.


You know, morons.
 
2012-04-26 11:16:39 PM

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

I own it, biatch!


I stand corrected, 5 of us have seen it. Where'd you get a copy?
 
2012-04-26 11:27:32 PM

AbbeySomeone: GWTW?
Screw these PC people. Classic films should never be edited or censored. If you don't like them just don't watch them.


Nevermind that Hattie McDaniels got the first Oscar by an African-American for her role as Mammy...at a time when "Negro performers" didn't get the same awards as white folks. (Much like child actors and other non-human performers) That Hattie McDaniels got her award and still probably had to enter through the Colored entrance needs to be mentioned as often as possible.

Besides, Mammy was the single best character in that entire movie, and everyone knows it.
 
2012-04-26 11:55:21 PM

Pep Streebeck: And also....


Goddamnit you beat me to it.

After Columbine the whole "let's waste the jocks and popular kids" for laughts might piss quite a few people off.

I love my dead gay son!
 
2012-04-27 12:12:21 AM
Blue Lagoon, anyone?
 
2012-04-27 12:39:23 AM

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

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Really ? you do't think it woud be funny to see a group of writers sit down and try to do that ? or a bunch of actors go on TV and explain to some late night talk show host how this project really spoke them and at first they were against it but when reading the script they enjoyed how it really spoke to a new generation ?
 
2012-04-27 12:44:34 AM

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

I own it, biatch!

I stand corrected, 5 of us have seen it. Where'd you get a copy?


Girlfriend ended up with it from an old boss. It's in the original case and everything, but I think it's messed up. The voice and mouth of the main character, Putney Swope, don't seem to match up.

I know, I know.
 
2012-04-27 01:42:01 AM

dittybopper: 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.


Well, 9 out of 10 people enjoy gang-rape

/not rape-rape
//has anyone posted that yet?
 
2012-04-27 01:54:59 AM

farkeruk: Also, this:(actors in blackface, references to "poofs"). Made by the BBC but you'll struggle to ever see it on TV.


Speaking of which, it boggles the mind from today's perspective that the BBC might even consider broadcasting the Black and White Minstrel Show, let alone actually running it for twenty years.

What I think is worse is the effort to remove these things from history, much the the bowdlerised version of Huckleberry Finn mentioned by another Farker earlier in the thread. It's appaling that there are those who are working to, of you'll pardon the expression, whitewash our history instead of presenting it with complete openness and honesty as a means to teach how our society has grown and progressed over the years thanks to those who laboured to promote human rights and respect for all.

Know your past, understand why things were the way they were, and show some proper context as to how and why they have changed. The only effect you get from dumbing down cultural and historical understanding in a well-meaning yet ultimately misguided manner is to further promote ignorance.
 
2012-04-27 01:54:59 AM
All of you folks claiming that these movies could be remade today are full of it. Studios are VERY hesitant about putting out anything harder than a PG-13. R rated comedies like Borat are the exception. "Blazing Saddles" and "Kentucky Fried Movie" are two examples of comedies no studio would touch today. Most of "Airplane" and "Trading Places" would be scrubbed. Even directors who made some of those movies scaled back because of the political climate. Compare "Blazing Saddles" to "Space Balls" both funny movies but imagine if Space Balls had been allowed to be an R rated fest like "Blazing Saddles"!

-- Same director but a decade later he's pulling his punches! The MPAA has effectively neutered American film. The best films are often the unrated ones or foreign films. One of the best documentaries of recent years is "This Film Is Not Yet Rated." Because it explained in detail what a bunch of closeted prudes the MPAA is they REFUSED To rate the film. It had to play unrated and as a result the number of theaters that would show it became very limited.

Now the bean counters and the censors reign supreme. While today we can download hardcore porn to our computers, main stream movies almost never show much female nudity and male nudity is strictly verbotten.

The PC police have made our world a much less interesting place. Thank you cretins of every political stripe.
 
2012-04-27 08:56:08 AM
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Synopsis: housekeeper seduces underage boy as part of a blackmail plot
 
2012-04-27 10:09:31 AM
It's been mentioned before, but it bares repeating: There no way Life of Brian could be made today.
 
2012-04-27 10:50:33 AM

SithLord: gunga galunga: SithLord: The article mentioned Airplane, but not for the right reason. Would anyone who wasn't a federally licensed member of the crew be permitted in the cockpit anymore?

And could any comedy these days get away with an adult character so brazenly hitting on a little boy?

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOshia

that, my friend, is the joke of a post-9/11 world flying completely over your head and into a pair of buildings.


I got the joke, thank you very much. Notice the word "And"? A was ackowledging your comment and added something that would genuinely not fly today.
 
2012-04-27 10:55:55 AM

Delawheredad: Compare "Blazing Saddles" to "Space Balls" both funny movies but imagine if Space Balls had been allowed to be an R rated fest like "Blazing Saddles"!


Blazing Saddles wouldn't be rated R these days. Sure, the racial slurs would be mostly scrubbed. But think about it. Sure, a group of men farting was unthinkable back in 1974. These days, it's rare when a kids movie doesn't have a fart joke in it. There were no f-bombs that I can remember. (There was one in Spaceballs.) The schwanzstucker didn't get whipped out until after the lights were turned off. I can't think of anything beyond that that would raise any eyebrows.
 
2012-04-27 11:04:33 AM

gunga galunga: Delawheredad: Compare "Blazing Saddles" to "Space Balls" both funny movies but imagine if Space Balls had been allowed to be an R rated fest like "Blazing Saddles"!

Blazing Saddles wouldn't be rated R these days. Sure, the racial slurs would be mostly scrubbed. But think about it. Sure, a group of men farting was unthinkable back in 1974. These days, it's rare when a kids movie doesn't have a fart joke in it. There were no f-bombs that I can remember. (There was one in Spaceballs.) The schwanzstucker didn't get whipped out until after the lights were turned off. I can't think of anything beyond that that would raise any eyebrows.


The racial slurs being removed would also remove a good chunk of the humor. A bunch of racist, inbred, hicks is basically the focal point of the film. By not allowing them to utter the N word, you're essentially making the movie a fart joke punctuated by a guy punching a horse.
 
2012-04-27 11:07:37 AM

Delawheredad: Now the bean counters and the censors reign supreme. While today we can download hardcore porn to our computers, main stream movies almost never show much female nudity and male nudity is strictly verbotten.


I do think that there's a certain amount of "other way around" about that. One reason that mainstream movies don't show nudity is that it's not a draw any longer. People aren't going to go out to pay £10 to see some tits when they can click a few buttons at home to get it free.
 
2012-04-27 11:25:07 AM

farkeruk: Delawheredad: Now the bean counters and the censors reign supreme. While today we can download hardcore porn to our computers, main stream movies almost never show much female nudity and male nudity is strictly verbotten.

I do think that there's a certain amount of "other way around" about that. One reason that mainstream movies don't show nudity is that it's not a draw any longer. People aren't going to go out to pay £10 to see some tits when they can click a few buttons at home to get it free.


I always love a good sexual thriller. Good date movie with the wife. Problem is they never really made that many to begin with. Color of Night, Sliver, etc.. They don't make money, though, and didn't back before the mainstream internet porn days. People are too prudish. Color of Night got a lot of shiat for showing dong and lesbian action
 
2012-04-27 08:27:02 PM

browneye: It's been mentioned before, but it bares repeating: There no way Life of Brian could be made today.


It could in Britain.

www.fox.co.uk
 
2012-04-27 10:36:16 PM

Strategeryz0r: gunga galunga: Delawheredad: Compare "Blazing Saddles" to "Space Balls" both funny movies but imagine if Space Balls had been allowed to be an R rated fest like "Blazing Saddles"!

Blazing Saddles wouldn't be rated R these days. Sure, the racial slurs would be mostly scrubbed. But think about it. Sure, a group of men farting was unthinkable back in 1974. These days, it's rare when a kids movie doesn't have a fart joke in it. There were no f-bombs that I can remember. (There was one in Spaceballs.) The schwanzstucker didn't get whipped out until after the lights were turned off. I can't think of anything beyond that that would raise any eyebrows.

The racial slurs being removed would also remove a good chunk of the humor. A bunch of racist, inbred, hicks is basically the focal point of the film. By not allowing them to utter the N word, you're essentially making the movie a fart joke punctuated by a guy punching a horse.


A succinct description of most of what passes for 'comedy' in Hollywood these days, especially for 'kid' movies.
 
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