Mel Brooks Says Society's "Stupidly Politically Correct" Sensibilities Will Kill Comedy
In the day and age that we live in, if we say the wrong thing, or someone misinterprets what we are trying to say, people are ready to pounce on you with the intent to destroy you. We’ve seen this happen time and time again, and it mostly seems to be happening with comedians.
It seems like it’s hard to be a comedian these days because a lot of the jokes they tell involve touchy subjects that lots of people can and will easily be offended by. There are a lot of things that you can’t joke about these days because if you do, people will want to ruin you and kill your career. Comedians aren’t supposed to be walking on eggshells, but they are, and according to legendary comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks, it’s killing comedy.
During a recent interview with Telegraph, Brooks said that society's "stupidly politically correct" sensibilities will lead to the "death of comedy.” He explains:
"It's not good for comedy. 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 behaviour."
Brooks is best known for films such as Young Frankenstein, SpaceBalls, High Anxiety, Life Stinks, The History of the World: Part I, and Blazing Saddles. There’s no way a film like Blazing Saddles would ever get made today!
When talking about the film, Brooks explained that it was “the racial prejudice portrayed within the film that was the mechanism behind its cultural significance.” He added:
"Without that the movie would not have had nearly the significance, the force, the dynamism and the stakes that were contained in it.”
I’m sure a lot of people will disagree with Brooks, and he may get backlash, but there are also those that can see and understand his point of view.
What do you all think about what Brooks had to say about political correctness and the future of comedy?