Battle of Wounded Egos

“Blazing Saddles could never get made today.”

We all know how virulent political correctness has become. In fact, to cite another tedious cliché, it’s been “going mad” (exclamation point optional unless you’re a Daily Mail commenter) since, by my count, around 1993.

But this particular — and weirdly popular — platitude regarding Mel Brook’s 1974 blockbuster western parody is patently false.

  • David Murrell

    With Mel Brook’s films, one has to wait a long tome, through unfunny jokes, to find a good funny line. This especially true with “Blazing Saddles”, where the racial theme behind the black sheriff is overdone and tedious.

    It is true that early U.S. films had non-whites play Indians. But early on such directors as John Ford and John Huston (conservatives in their own way) had Indian actors play Indians, depicting Indians in an honest, and non-politically-correct, way. I am not sure either director could last in today’s Hollywood. Director Clint Eastwood is a fan of both, yet Eastwood could not make it as a young director in today’s Hollywood.

    I like the old gag in early b&w comedies, where a while comic comes up to an Indian, and does sign language. And the Indian chief, smoking a pipe, then comes back, using the best Brooklyn accent, “What is this guy trying to say, anyways?”. Hilarious.