Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg strongly defended the classic comedy “Blazing Saddles” Wednesday on”The View” after the perpetually offended on social media formed a cancel culture lynch mob that called for the nixing of the politically incorrect laugh-fest.
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The iconic 1974 comedy starred Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, and others. Mel Brooks’ film is set in 1874 and explores a mostly-white frontier town adjusting to a black sheriff. It’s one of the funniest movies of all time.
The Western-themed flick was a jab at people with racist beliefs. But leftists, who lack any sense of humor we can discern, took offense over some of the scenes that used comedy to pillory racism. They evidently didn’t get that it was humor in the first place. Whoopi Goldberg adamantly disagreed.
“It deals with racism by coming at it right straight out front, making you think and laugh about it, because, listen, it’s not just racism, it’s all the isms, he hits all the isms,” she commented, referring to Mindy Kaling commenting on “Good Morning America” that NBC’s “The Office” could not get made today because it’s “so inappropriate now.”
“‘Blazing Saddles,’ because it’s a great comedy, would still go over today. There are a lot of comedies that are not good, okay? We’re just going to say that. That’s not one of them. ‘Blazing Saddles’ is one of the greatest because it hits everybody,” Goldberg added.
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Goldberg’s co-hosts went on to discuss different examples of characters from classic television and theater that had a deep, profound influence on viewers because of their approach to racism.
For Goldberg, the best example was “Blazing Saddles.”
To prospective viewers, Goldberg said, “If you’ve never seen Blazing Saddles, you should do yourself a favor, get some popcorn, get a glass of wine, and put it on, because it’s magnificent,” and to the film’s critics, she warned, “Leave my ‘Blazing Saddles’ alone. Don’t make me come for you!”
Mel Brooks is inarguably one of the funniest men to ever live.
Whoopi Goldberg defends classic 'Blazing Saddles' movie from cancel culture
This might be the first thing I have ever agreed with Whoopi Goldberg on!
— Tom Watts (@EThomasWatts) December 8, 2022
He wrote the screenplay for “Blazing Saddles” and directed the film. He wrote comedic classics such as “Spaceballs,” “Robin Hood, Men in Tights,” “The Producers,” “History of the World: Part I,” “Young Frankenstein,” and so many others.
Brooks infamously said in 2017 that “Blazing Saddles” could not be made today because it was far too politically incorrect. He also said that society has “become stupidly politically correct, which is the death of comedy.”
“It’s not good for comedy,” Brooks 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.”
Even Whoopi gets it right once in a while
— Snits Chainz (@MichaelLaurent) December 8, 2022
“Blazing Saddles” was declared “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress in 2006.
Goldberg’s own name comes from a less-than-politically correct, humorous beginning. Her granddaughter, Amara Skye Dean, revealed earlier this year that the nickname Whoopi came from a comedy sketch that culminated in a fart contest with Robin Williams and Billy Crystal, according to Consequence TV.
“My favorite story that my grandmother has told me [is] about her, Robin Williams, and Billy Crystal, standing in an elevator,” she explained. “Robin Williams was just farting his life away. I guess they were Dutch Oven-ing each other, just basking in the ambience of farts. My grandma got her name because she likes to fart a lot. So, whoopee cushion, farts… and that’s how Caryn Johnson became Whoopi Goldberg.”
Republished with permission from American Wire News Service
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