Could not have made Blazing Saddles today: Mel Brooks

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 24, 2017

While Brooks doesn't ever see Hollywood remaking his hit "Blazing Saddles", at 91 he wants to see it as a play sometime down the road.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme last week: "We have become stupidly politically correct, which is the death of comedy". Brooks says "maybe a few" including Young Frankenstein, but he decisively stopped short of Blazing Saddles.

"Maybe, but never Blazing Saddles", he responded.

Asked if any of his films could get made today, Brooks replied, "No, no".

"It's okay not to hurt feelings of various tribes and groups". However, it's not good for comedy. "'Blazing Saddles" was a Western spoof about a black sheriff in a racist town, starring Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little.

"Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks", Brooks continued. "Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering into the king's ear, always telling the truth about human behavior".

Getting a kick out of being deemed the "Patron Saint of Going Too Far", Brooks acknowledged that he would only draw the line at "gas chambers or the death of children or Jews at the hands of the Nazis".

"In a Twitter thread on Friday, comedian Paul F. Tompkins weighed in on Brooks" comments.

In recent years, comedy veterans like Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock have come out against the rise of political correctness in America. There always will be.

There is absolutely no doubt that Brooks is a comedy visionary who has left behind a legacy to be proud of, but it might be time for some new voices to come to the forefront. "Which means it's pretty much a useless term".

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