Mel Brooks: Political Correctness 'Is the Death of Comedy'

By Craig Bannister | September 25, 2017 | 2:01pm EDT
Mel Brooks (R) in "Blazing Saddles."

Iconic comedian and producer Mel Brooks says that today’s climate of political correctness represents “the death of comedy.”

In a September 21 interview with BBC Radio 4’s Rebecca Jones, Brooks said sensitivity to people’s feelings is a good thing – but, comedy needs to be able to take on just about any topic:

“We have become stupidly politically-correct – which is the death of comedy. It’s okay not to hurt feelings of various tribes and groups. However, it’s not good for comedy.

“Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks.”

Brooks said that his hit movie, “Blazing Saddles,” could not be made today due to political correctness.


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