The inimitable Mel Brooks, creator of some of the most beloved comedy films of all time, took a jab at today's politically correct climate, telling Yahoo Movies that it would now be impossible to make his classic film Blazing Saddles.
Announcing a new Blu-Ray edition commemorating the 40th anniversary of the film's release, Brooks blasted the overly-sensitive PC crowd:
They can't make that movie today because everybody's so politically correct. You know, the NAACP would stop a great movie that would do such a great service to black people because of the N-word.
You've got to really examine these things and see what's right and what's wrong. Politically correct is absolutely wrong. Because it inhibits the freedom of thought. I'm so lucky that they weren't so strong then and that the people that let things happen on the screen weren't so powerful then. I was very lucky.
With these words, Brooks breaks rank from other Hollywood liberals who parade around as America's speech police. But unlike many of his cohorts, Brooks has the uncanny ability to mix comedy and faux pas to expose the absurdity of racism, as he did in Saddles, yet keep it heartfelt and uncontrollably funny. This ability has earned Brooks a little bragging rights to proclaim his movie a masterpiece:
It's the funniest movie, I think, by far… Five should be the next number -- one to four should be 'Blazing Saddles.'