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Mel Brooks Blasts Political Correctness: 'Blazing Saddles' Couldn't Be Made Today
Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | May 10, 2014 | John Nolte

Posted on 05/11/2014 4:46:18 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

In an interview with Yahoo News surrounding the 40th anniversary of his comedic masterpiece "Blazing Saddles," co-writer/director Mel Brooks blasted present-day political correctness and says he was "lucky" to have made the film in the days when he still could:

"They can't make that movie today because everybody's so politically correct. You know, the NAACP would stop a great movie that would do such a great service to black people because of the N-word," says Brooks. "You've got to really examine these things and see what's right and what's wrong. Politically correct is absolutely wrong. Because it inhibits the freedom of thought. I'm so lucky that they weren't so strong then and that the people that let things happen on the screen weren't so powerful then. I was very lucky."

In the comment sections and on Twitter, I caught all kinds of entertaining hell (Kos is especially perturbed) for my review of the new 40th Anniversary Bluray of "Blazing Saddles" and for a follow-up piece, both of which stated the obvious: That today's Left has become a bunch of insufferable, joy-killing, censorious, fascist Church Ladies who would never allow "Blazing Saddles" to be made today and that they will someday try to have the film banned.

It looks as though Mr. Brooks agrees with my first point. That's because Mel Brooks is a free-thinking liberal, not a freedom-stifling, controlling, free speech-hating leftist....

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KEYWORDS: blazingsaddles; comedy; hollywood; homosexualagenda; humorlessdems; politicalcorrectness; thoughtcrime
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Quite possibly the funniest movie ever made, in my opinion.
1 posted on 05/11/2014 4:46:18 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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2 posted on 05/11/2014 4:48:45 AM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I didn’t think it could be made 40 years ago, but it was. The difference is that it wouldn’t be made today, not that it couldn’t.


3 posted on 05/11/2014 4:49:54 AM PDT by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"He said the sheriff is near".

CC

4 posted on 05/11/2014 4:50:45 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He needs to remake Blazing Saddles as an over the top parody of political correctness.


5 posted on 05/11/2014 4:51:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Political correctness is censorship plain and simple.

I saw Blazing Saddles way back in the day. Walked in cold, having no idea who Mel Brooks was (even though I had been a huge Get Smart fan). I laughed like never before - or since - in my life.

6 posted on 05/11/2014 4:52:34 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

and I’ll bet that for the last 40 years Mel has supported political candidates who have supported and implemented political correctness.


7 posted on 05/11/2014 4:54:00 AM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Further proof that today’s liberals have no joy in their hearts, no humor in their bones nor any brains in their heads.


8 posted on 05/11/2014 4:54:44 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: Celtic Conservative

9 posted on 05/11/2014 4:55:32 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

One of our favorite movies, too. We still laugh even thought I’ve lost track of how many times we’ve seen it. I’ve been saying for years, this movie wouldn’t be made today.


10 posted on 05/11/2014 4:58:14 AM PDT by siamesecats (God closes one door, and opens another, to protect us.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

——because of the N-word——

That would not be a problem. The evidence is the HBO TV series “The Wire’. The “nigger” word is used freely, abundantly by the various dwellers of West Baltimore. The word is used by the low and the high to endear and disparage.

The wire is perhaps the best TV ever made.

There is another series, Deadwood that is embellished liberally, very liberally with the F word. While the Wire might not use the N word as extensively as Deadwood uses the N word, it is a tossup.


11 posted on 05/11/2014 5:00:14 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Back in the days when Americans could laugh at ourselves and not get all bent out of shape. Thanks Liberals!


12 posted on 05/11/2014 5:00:16 AM PDT by Texicanus (Texas, it's a whole 'nother country.)
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To: Rummyfan

Am laughing just looking at the picture. ..... Once a year PC should just have a day of its own!


13 posted on 05/11/2014 5:00:34 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

not Mel’s funniest...close though.

that award(for me) goes to Young Frankenstein...a perfect comedy...constant jokes....not a fart in a carload.

the problem I had with Blazing Saddles, was how stupid and inbred the white people were. The racism in Blazing Saddles was just that.

still cracks me up though.


14 posted on 05/11/2014 5:01:24 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yet I would bet that Mr. Brooks will continue to give his political contributions to the Democrat Party.


15 posted on 05/11/2014 5:03:14 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: siamesecats
this movie wouldn’t be made today

they're made all the time...movies made by blacks for blacks are horribly racist. Haunted House 2 (the commercials I saw on TV was about as racist as I could imagine....constant knocking of white folks.. )

16 posted on 05/11/2014 5:06:23 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Celtic Conservative
"He said the sheriff is near".


17 posted on 05/11/2014 5:06:45 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You can put the original Airplane on the list of movies that cannot be made in today's hyper sensitive environment. I love when he takes a phone call and throws the basketball to the natives who immediately start playing like professionals in the background. LOL.
18 posted on 05/11/2014 5:08:43 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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That today's Left has become a bunch of insufferable, joy-killing, censorious,
fascist Church Ladies who would never allow "Blazing Saddles" to be made
today and that they will someday try to have the film banned.
Isn't that the truth; by the way, Mel.."Whom did...
you vote for in last 4_6 national General Elections?"
..a freedom loving Conservative? ..not a GOP/e squish.

19 posted on 05/11/2014 5:10:24 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? :-)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Some believe the Sheriff is a Jewish metaphor for Jews.


20 posted on 05/11/2014 5:10:54 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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I agree. And the campfire scene must be the funniest scene in the movie.


21 posted on 05/11/2014 5:13:06 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Rummyfan
"Blazing Saddles" was one of the first movies I saw in a theater that wasn't G rated. I think I was 12 or 13 and I went there with my friends because we heard all sorts of nasty things about it (so we just had to go see it for ourselves).

I also went in there cold (it was the middle of February!) and I'll never forget the non-stop laughter. We had to go see the movie a second time because we missed half the jokes, due to all the noise and laughter in the theater. The only other movie that came close to non-stop laughter like this was "Airplane" that came out about five years later. That's probably another movie that could never be made today.

22 posted on 05/11/2014 5:17:31 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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“the problem I had with Blazing Saddles, was how stupid and inbred the white people were. The racism in Blazing Saddles was just that”

Yes, the town’s populace was all surnamed “Johnson” and related. Make of it what you will, but it has become a masterpiece of political incorrectness.

One my favorite scenes was the old lady being mugged. And don’t forget the scene with the Cowboy’s eating beans.

Yes it was nasty, gross, sexually explicit, racist, or all the above, but most of all it was funny.


23 posted on 05/11/2014 5:19:51 AM PDT by Texicanus (Texas, it's a whole 'nother country.)
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To: Yo-Yo
No sidewindin’, bushwackin’, hornswogglin, cracker-croaker is goin’ to ruin my biscuitcutter!”


24 posted on 05/11/2014 5:20:37 AM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood.)
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To: Vaquero

the problem I had with Blazing Saddles, was how stupid and inbred the white people were. The racism in Blazing Saddles was just that.


On of the comments suggested that remake couldn’t be made today, with the roles reversed: In Detroit, with a white sheriff, and Al Sharpton as Hedley Lamarr.


25 posted on 05/11/2014 5:21:25 AM PDT by Freeping Since 2001
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Candy gram for Mongo!


26 posted on 05/11/2014 5:22:48 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Many pre-1990 movies could not be made today -- without major overhauls in scripts and characters.

Even some of those pre-1990 movies have been edited to reflect the more current PC culture.

E.T. is one prime example. The scene with government agents holding hand guns in the original movie have recently been replaced with agents holding walkie talkies -- to appease the anti-gun voices. [The original version was restored after viewer revolts against the PC version of the Blue Ray release.]


27 posted on 05/11/2014 5:24:54 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

It certainly broke taboos when it was released. In fact, it did its bit to tear down all taboos in Hollywood comedies. We are still living with the consequences.


28 posted on 05/11/2014 5:26:39 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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They can't make that movie today because everybody's so politically correct.

The grievance industry has grown. The perpetually offended realized that pansies do not bite and do not bark.

29 posted on 05/11/2014 5:27:36 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: Dr. Ursus

What in the Wide Wide World of Sports is going on here? Y’all dancing around like a bunch of Kansas City F.........


30 posted on 05/11/2014 5:27:47 AM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: Perdogg

This is undeniable true. Not to upset everyone here but the private Mel Brooks (and wife Anne Bancroft) is not the warm, funny person they think he is. Comedy people rarely are.


31 posted on 05/11/2014 5:29:05 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A couple years ago, a friend of mine and I talked about the great movies you probably couldn’t get away with making today. Blazing Saddles was at the top of the list.

I also think you’d have a hard time making these films today, at least without radically altering them:

Better Off Dead / Harold and Maude - comedies about a teenager with a death wish? Not likely to get the green light today.

Animal House

16 Candles - not with the Long Duk Dong character, anyway. They’ll probably drop Lamar Latrell from the forthcoming Revenge of the Nerds remake as well.

Harvey - There actually IS a remake of this one in the works, but I suspect it will be very different in nature compared to the original. I just can’t see Hollywood having a central character who is a happy-go-lucky lush (no Thin Man remakes, either, I guess).


32 posted on 05/11/2014 5:29:57 AM PDT by DemforBush (A repo man is always intense.)
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To: TomGuy

Bought a copy of “Cannonball Run” and found all of Jamie Farr’s Arabic scenes had be edited out.


33 posted on 05/11/2014 5:29:58 AM PDT by Texicanus (Texas, it's a whole 'nother country.)
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To: Jagdgewehr

I’m particularly glad that these lovely children were here today to hear that speech. Not only was it AUTHENTIC FRONTIER GIBBERISH, it expressed a courage little seen in this day and age.


34 posted on 05/11/2014 5:30:16 AM PDT by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Fifteen is my limit on schnitzengruben.”


35 posted on 05/11/2014 5:30:30 AM PDT by Flag_This (Liberalism: Kills countries dead.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Could Pulp Fiction be made today?


36 posted on 05/11/2014 5:31:29 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: Texicanus

Oddly enough, it was liberals who fought to get rid of the Hayes Code which kept Hollywood in check.

Typical, head-spinning loony liberal turn around.


37 posted on 05/11/2014 5:32:22 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Flag_This

“Baby, please! I am NOT from Havana!”

Man, I love that movie...


38 posted on 05/11/2014 5:32:28 AM PDT by DemforBush (A repo man is always intense.)
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To: wolfpat

No doubt, although I’m not the biggest fan of BS, there are some really good jokes in it.


39 posted on 05/11/2014 5:33:28 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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“Not to upset everyone here but the private Mel Brooks (and wife Anne Bancroft) is not the warm, funny person they think he is.”

I’ve actually met Mel Brooks in person and had a conversation with him. He, in fact, is a lot like his comedic persona. Whether he is “warm” or “nice” is another question. But, undoubtedly, he’s inherently comedic.


40 posted on 05/11/2014 5:33:40 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: Texicanus

And they say that now in Paris, France, even as we speak, Louis Pasteur has devised a new vaccine that will obliterate anthrax once and for all.

never mind that $h!t...here comes Mongo!!!


41 posted on 05/11/2014 5:33:45 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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Damn, damn, damn.... Beat me to the schnitzengruben punch....
Well, “baby I am not from Havana! “


42 posted on 05/11/2014 5:34:13 AM PDT by Phinneous
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To: BlueStateRightist

He went into his act with you? Was he selling something?


43 posted on 05/11/2014 5:35:18 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SamAdams76

One of the guys I grew up with was built like Mongo.

We were on a softball team together and the coach pulled him out of the game for some reason or another. He came walking back to the dugout and looked at me and said “Mongo just pawn in great game of life”.


44 posted on 05/11/2014 5:35:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Vaquero
” Cant you see its the last act of a Desperate man”?
I don't care if the first act of Henry the V.
Didn't care much for the ending but that is a Mans movie.
45 posted on 05/11/2014 5:38:52 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He also couldn’t have gotten away with “The Producers” though he did turn it into an all gay-ness Broadway musical.


46 posted on 05/11/2014 5:42:24 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: Vaquero
"the problem I had with Blazing Saddles, was how stupid and inbred the white people were. "

"You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know... morons."

47 posted on 05/11/2014 5:44:02 AM PDT by Flag_This (Liberalism: Kills countries dead.)
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To: miss marmelstein
Not to upset everyone here but the private Mel Brooks (and wife Anne Bancroft) is not the warm, funny person they think he is.
Anne Bancroft wouldn't be - she's been dead for almost 10 years.
48 posted on 05/11/2014 5:44:05 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t think the N-word has anything to do with what’s politically incorrect about Blazing Saddles. All the white people who use it are buffoon characters. The parts that wouldn’t be made are the gay scene and the line up of desparados that includes Arabs.


49 posted on 05/11/2014 5:45:34 AM PDT by Varda
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To: miss marmelstein

Yep, them bed scenes we watched as kids were really bad for our little minds. I remember asking mom and dad why they didn’t sleep in single beds with one foot on the floor like in the movies. All I got was a “you’re too young to know” and “now go to bed”.


50 posted on 05/11/2014 5:46:10 AM PDT by Texicanus (Texas, it's a whole 'nother country.)
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