Mel Brooks: ‘We Have Become Stupidly Politically Correct, Which is the Death of Comedy’
Comedy legend Mel Brooks is sounding off on political correctness and how he believes it’s the “death of comedy.”
Speaking with BBC Radio, he was asked if he thought he could get films like Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein made today.
“No,” he quickly responded. “Maybe a few, but never Blazing Saddles because we have become stupidly politically correct, which is the death of comedy.”
Brooks elaborated by saying its “okay not to hurt feelings” of various groups, but that it’s “not good for comedy. ”
“Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks,” Brooks continued. “Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering in the king’s ear, always telling the truth about human behavior.”
He then was asked if there was anything he wouldn’t parody.
“I personally would never touch gas chambers or the death of children or Jews at the hands of the Nazis,” he responded. “Everything else is ok. Naked people? Fine. I like naked people. They’re usually the most polite.”
Brooks is one of only twelve people in history to be an EGOT winner, someone who has earned an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony.
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