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(New York Daily News)   Mel Brooks decries political correctness as "the death of comedy," says 'Blazing Saddles' could never get made today   ( nydailynews.com) divider line
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2017-09-22 03:10:08 PM  
Kinky.
 
2017-09-22 03:17:48 PM  
Not with so many of the actors in it now deceased, sure couldn't.

Though the movie is in no way racist, it's rather lampooning the racism of the era it depicts.  Crudely but still.
 
2017-09-22 03:18:05 PM  
Yeah, they would have told you to cut the last 20 minutes off and find a goddamn ending.
 
2017-09-22 03:20:18 PM  
SR-71 -Politically Correct
Youtube 0gVjW3B4Wgw


/Relevant
 
2017-09-22 03:23:17 PM  
When was the last time Mel Brooks even made a funny?
 
2017-09-22 03:25:16 PM  
Hey, guys, no one tell him about Django Unchained
 
2017-09-22 03:33:04 PM  
 
2017-09-22 03:34:19 PM  

whidbey: When was the last time Mel Brooks even made a funny?


Well the scene were they gang rape the queen in History of the world was pretty hilarious, no?
 
2017-09-22 03:51:47 PM  
It's Twue! It's Twue!
 
2017-09-22 03:54:27 PM  

kronicfeld: Hey, guys, no one tell him about Django Unchained


or the Hateful 8...Bad Santa....Team America:World Police...
 
2017-09-22 03:58:53 PM  

Hobodeluxe: kronicfeld: Hey, guys, no one tell him about Django Unchained

or the Hateful 8...Bad Santa....Team America:World Police...


Pulp Fiction...Reservoir Dogs...
 
2017-09-22 04:01:24 PM  
The sheriff is near!
 
2017-09-22 04:01:24 PM  
No it isn't. Comedy writers have just had to become more sophisticated.

Ethnic stereotypes just aren't a safe and effective way to generate cheap laughs any more. North Americans with sufficient income and leisure time to waste in a movie theatre were losing their taste for ethnic jokes even in Mel's day---Mel got away with it as much as he did because his favourite targets for ethnic humour were his fellow Ashkenazim.

The customer is always right, and if the audience isn't laughing, you aren't funny---and you won't sell many tickets to your show or your movie. So there.
 
2017-09-22 04:02:57 PM  
There is no way they would make that now.

Remake, that's another story.
 
2017-09-22 04:03:52 PM  

whidbey: When was the last time Mel Brooks even made a funny?


2015.  Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.  They do tail off after 1977,
 
2017-09-22 04:09:01 PM  
I like rpolitical correctness
 
2017-09-22 04:10:30 PM  

maxwellhauser: The sheriff is near!


The sheriff is an attractive and succ--*BONG*
 
2017-09-22 04:10:57 PM  
Yeah, thanks to all those damn *BONG*
 
2017-09-22 04:11:40 PM  
I remember watching this movie a long time ago and remember it as being pretty funny but crude. I decided to get a copy on dvd recently, I couldn't get past about ten minutes. It's just unwatchable today.
 
2017-09-22 04:16:19 PM  
I have yet to rtfa, but if Mel Brooks said that he is mistaken.

Furthermore, Mel Brooks is politically correct by my definition: being nice and treating people well. It is the moral behind much of his work. I love Brooks, but I'm very disappointed if he has been convinced that "don't call blacks D*rkies, gay people f*gs, etc" refers to his light and good hearted works. He broke stereotypes. The people who whine about PC are those who believe them and wish to treat others based upon them.
 
2017-09-22 04:17:02 PM  

DMDmarty: I remember watching this movie a long time ago and remember it as being pretty funny but crude. I decided to get a copy on dvd recently, I couldn't get past about ten minutes. It's just unwatchable today.


You are a monster. Also give it more than ten minutes, sheesh.
 
2017-09-22 04:18:27 PM  
One of my favorite edited for TV moments is from Blazing Saddles.  Changed the old lady saying "Up yours, n****" to "Outta' my way, n*****".


/finding a stranger in the alps is among the top edits as well :)
 
2017-09-22 04:24:28 PM  
Rex Kramer might take a shot at it.
 
2017-09-22 04:28:32 PM  
Still waiting for Spaceballs 2.
 
2017-09-22 04:30:20 PM  
well raise my rent
 
2017-09-22 04:37:38 PM  
Interesting dig at Jerry Lewis in there (what he would not write about).
 
2017-09-22 04:38:00 PM  

theurge14: Still waiting for Spaceballs 2.


While that WOULD have been awesome, John Candy and Joan Rivers are dead, Rick Moranis doesn't act anymore, and everyone is 30 years older. I prefer the memory of Spaceballs as it is, instead of "The Search for More Money" being a Dumb and Dumberer sized hunk of sh*t.
 
2017-09-22 04:48:48 PM  
When you're 8 years old and wearing your footie jammies in the backseat of your parents car at the drive-in (trying not to make a noise because your parents think you're asleep) the campfire scene is the funniest farking thing in the history of the universe.
 
2017-09-22 04:54:12 PM  

Smackledorfer: I have yet to rtfa, but if Mel Brooks said that he is mistaken.

Furthermore, Mel Brooks is politically correct by my definition: being nice and treating people well. It is the moral behind much of his work. I love Brooks, but I'm very disappointed if he has been convinced that "don't call blacks D*rkies, gay people f*gs, etc" refers to his light and good hearted works. He broke stereotypes. The people who whine about PC are those who believe them and wish to treat others based upon them.


There's a difference between maligning such things and lampooning the stereotypes. Brooks does the latter, but society has somehow decided there's no difference between the two, which is what he's complaining about.
 
KIA
2017-09-22 05:04:02 PM  

abhorrent1: whidbey: When was the last time Mel Brooks even made a funny?

Well the scene were they gang rape the queen in History of the world was pretty hilarious, no?


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2017-09-22 05:05:44 PM  

neilbradley: Smackledorfer: I have yet to rtfa, but if Mel Brooks said that he is mistaken.

Furthermore, Mel Brooks is politically correct by my definition: being nice and treating people well. It is the moral behind much of his work. I love Brooks, but I'm very disappointed if he has been convinced that "don't call blacks D*rkies, gay people f*gs, etc" refers to his light and good hearted works. He broke stereotypes. The people who whine about PC are those who believe them and wish to treat others based upon them.

There's a difference between maligning such things and lampooning the stereotypes. Brooks does the latter, but society has somehow decided there's no difference between the two, which is what he's complaining about.


And yet there is no shortage of popular media doing both of those.

Seth MacFarlane is an example here. If you gave him a Blazing Saddles script he'd get it off the ground. We'd probably wind up will Will Farrel as the Waco Kid, and Kevin Hart as the sheriff, but it would probably be even less PC than the original.
 
2017-09-22 05:06:30 PM  
Pffft. This movie couldn't get made today.

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2017-09-22 05:09:51 PM  
FTA- "Fair enough. But while our age may produce fewer ethnically and racially button-pushing comedies, we do have President Donald Trump. Which, by our math, more than cancels things out."

History of the world Part 1 - Fuck The Poor
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2017-09-22 05:11:44 PM  
They didn't get to create the movie with the stars they wanted. Richard Pryor was supposed to be the sheriff but the studio nixed it because he was too controversial.
 
2017-09-22 05:18:16 PM  

red230: They didn't get to create the movie with the stars they wanted. Richard Pryor was supposed to be the sheriff but the studio nixed it because he was too controversial.


Cleavon Little was better than Pryor would have been, imo. And Gig Young? No. Just, no. I can't picture anyone but Wilder, but definitely not Gig Young.
 
2017-09-22 05:23:02 PM  
Blazing Saddles benefited from Pryors wit.  There aren't many comedians like Pryor and Red Fox today, so he's correct that you can't recreate the comedy of the late 70s / early 80s today.  However anyone who has watched Dave Chappelle will know that controversial comedy lives on in different form now.  Saying it is dead is incorrect.  It has just changed with the times.
 
2017-09-22 05:23:58 PM  
Blazing Saddles stood racism on it's head.  When Brooks was working on the script, he told the writers they could do whatever they wanted because his career would be over when the movie came out.
 
2017-09-22 05:31:38 PM  
He's said "this movie can't be made today" every day for the past 25 years.
Old new is old.
 
2017-09-22 05:33:22 PM  
Young Frankenstein is also brilliant.
 
2017-09-22 05:38:45 PM  
We made 4 "Scary Movie" entries. He's over-reacting for drama.
 
2017-09-22 05:39:07 PM  

Witty_Retort: He's said "this movie can't be made today" every day for the past 25 years.
Old new is old.


And, this. He still wants to be seen as edgy.
 
2017-09-22 05:41:55 PM  
History of the World, Part 1 had some good gags, but I thought Spaceballs was farking garbage.  Just a bunch of cheap, throwaway gags strung together to make a quick buck.
 
2017-09-22 05:48:53 PM  

peasandcarrots: Hobodeluxe: kronicfeld: Hey, guys, no one tell him about Django Unchained

or the Hateful 8...Bad Santa....Team America:World Police...

Pulp Fiction...Reservoir Dogs...


Death to Smoochie... The Notebook...
 
2017-09-22 05:50:29 PM  
In my mind, all things are cyclical. Someday we'll get back to a social construct that will embrace media with taboo humor. The pendulum goes from one extreme to another. It probably won't happen in our lifetimes but hopefully before the sun goes supernova.
 
2017-09-22 05:52:30 PM  

SkylineRecords: theurge14: Still waiting for Spaceballs 2.

While that WOULD have been awesome, John Candy and Joan Rivers are dead, Rick Moranis doesn't act anymore, and everyone is 30 years older. I prefer the memory of Spaceballs as it is, instead of "The Search for More Money" being a Dumb and Dumberer sized hunk of sh*t.


43.

That movie came out a few months before I was born. I just turned 43.
 
2017-09-22 05:56:45 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: SkylineRecords: theurge14: Still waiting for Spaceballs 2.

While that WOULD have been awesome, John Candy and Joan Rivers are dead, Rick Moranis doesn't act anymore, and everyone is 30 years older. I prefer the memory of Spaceballs as it is, instead of "The Search for More Money" being a Dumb and Dumberer sized hunk of sh*t.

43.

That movie came out a few months before I was born. I just turned 43.


Nevermind. I was thinking Blazing Saddles.

Durr.
 
2017-09-22 05:56:54 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: SkylineRecords: theurge14: Still waiting for Spaceballs 2.

While that WOULD have been awesome, John Candy and Joan Rivers are dead, Rick Moranis doesn't act anymore, and everyone is 30 years older. I prefer the memory of Spaceballs as it is, instead of "The Search for More Money" being a Dumb and Dumberer sized hunk of sh*t.

43.

That movie came out a few months before I was born. I just turned 43.


Spaceballs came out in 1987. That was 30 years ago. Unless this is some new form of math...

/48
 
2017-09-22 05:58:21 PM  

Army dude: Rex Kramer might take a shot at it.


My kids watched Airplane and couldn't get over the speaking of jive.
 
2017-09-22 06:05:32 PM  

degenerate-afro: Blazing Saddles benefited from Pryors wit.  There aren't many comedians like Pryor and Red Fox today, so he's correct that you can't recreate the comedy of the late 70s / early 80s today.  However anyone who has watched Dave Chappelle will know that controversial comedy lives on in different form now.  Saying it is dead is incorrect.  It has just changed with the times.


And according to various interviews on the making of the movie, Pryor preferred to write for the Mongo character, rather than for Bart.
 
2017-09-22 06:08:19 PM  

Tanqueray: Army dude: Rex Kramer might take a shot at it.

My kids watched Airplane and couldn't get over the speaking of jive.


I was referring to the danger seeker, not the pilot.
 
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