Comedy Legend Has an URGENT Warning About Political Correctness – by Calvin Freiburger
Mel Brooks, the legendary writer and director behind so many of the greatest comedies of all time, is not a political conservative; in fact, he called Donald Trump a “powerful idiot” in 2015 and declined a Kennedy Center artists award during George W. Bush’s presidency int protest of the Iraq War. But he’s clear-eyed enough to see that the Left is out of its mind on the subject of political correctness.
The Daily Caller reports that Brooks declared in a BBC Radio 4 interview this week that political correctness would be “the death of comedy”:
“It’s not good for comedy,” he added. “Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks. Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering in the king’s ear, always telling the truth about human behavior.”
In recent years, comedians have found themselves in hot water for making politically incorrect topics about everything from race to gender. Dave Chappelle received a barrage of criticism from humorless journalists over his jokes about transgender people and Caitlyn Jenner. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has also complained about how political correctness was stifling humor.
Asked if there were any topics he considered out of bounds, Brooks declined to dictate humor for other comedians, but said he “personally would never touch gas chambers or the death of children or Jews at the hands of the Nazis. Everything else is OK.”
This should come as no surprise, considering Brooks’ movies are known for having absolutely no sacred cows, and his two most popular works are defined by their politically-incorrect premises: Blazing Saddles, a racism-skewering, epithet-laden romp through the Old West with a clever black sheriff; and The Producers, the tale (later turned into a musical) of Broadway hucksters who scheme to get rich with an intentional failure in the form of the most offensive play ever written, “Springtime for Hitler.”
Indeed, Brooks himself made that connection in the interview, going so far as to declare that Blazing Saddles never would have stood a chance of getting made if attempted in 2017 America:
He explained that the racial prejudice portrayed in the movie, which was far from politically correct, is what gave it cultural significance. “Without that the movie would not have had nearly the significance, the force, the dynamism and the stakes that were contained in it,” Brooks said.
This is not the first time Brooks has sounded this particular alarm; he raised the point in a 2016 Los Angeles Times interview as well:
I nearly fainted when I first saw “Blazing Saddles” on television. I said, “Oh my God, they’ve ravaged it with political correctness! They’ve destroyed it!”
In the television version, there’s no farting! It’s so foolish. They’re sitting around the campfire, they’re tilting over and it’s so obvious – and then you hear a horse neighing.
I went to the Writers Guild, the Directors Guild. I said, “As writers and directors, don’t we have rights?” But money won. I couldn’t stop it, no matter what I did. Thank God for cable. Cable plays it like it is.
Finally, Twitchy notes that as if on cue, Daily Beast writer Asawin Suebsaeng piped up to prove just how humorless the politically correct are:
I get that mel brook is saying political correctness is the enemy of comedy but when is the last time he did anything funny or worthwhile
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) September 22, 2017
Brook's comedy will live on long after anyone remembers any of your writings or Twitter snark. https://t.co/KjWUEGWBrG
— Holden (@Holden114) September 22, 2017
Shakespeare too. Everybody is always going on about him but when did he last write a novel? When was the last Dickens play?
— skankworks (@TheSkankworks) September 22, 2017
— The Agent of Chaos 🚁 (@WootpoolTheMad) September 22, 2017
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