HBO Max Adds A Disclaimer For Morons Onto “Blazing Saddles”

You know: morons.

HBO Max thinks people are so stupid and shallow that they must have  “Blazing Saddles” explained to them, lest someone—one will do–think it’s intended to advance “systemic racism” rather than to ridicule it. I do not believe in hating people, but it takes every bit of principle and energy I can muster not to hate both the political correctness dictators who  believe in “trigger warnings,” and the hoards of dim bulbs and sheep-human hybrids who appreciate them. I’m still looking for the complete text of the introduction HBO Max has slapped on Mel Brooks’ masterpiece, but I know enough.

It is intoned  by University of Chicago professor of cinema studies and TCM host Jacqueline Stewart, who also delivered the disclaimer added to “Gone with the Wind.” I like Stewart, who is smart and knowledgeable, but I would have liked her better if she refused to participate in this insulting exercise.

“This movie is an overt and audacious spoof on classic Westerns,'” Stewart says. This, writes Kyle Smith in the New York Post, is to “set things up for anyone who might be clicking on the Mel Brooks comedy thinking they’re in for Swedish drama about the lingonberry harvest.” “It’s as provocative today as it was when it premiered back in 1974,” she says. No, tragically, it is more provocative. Thanks to the racial politics of censorship and ruthless power-seeking that has metastasized on the Left in the George Floyd Freakout, professors are losing their jobs and being “cancelled” for mentioning the word that Blazing Saddles uses repeatedly as a punchline. Any professor who analyzed the use of racist language in “Blazing Saddles” would risk being called a racist by the student body.

 “As the story line implies the issue of race is front and center in ‘Blazing Saddles.’  Racist language and attitudes pervade the film,” the professor explains for people too stupid to get the movie anyway. “But those attitudes are espoused by characters who are portrayed here as explicitly small-minded, ignorant bigots. The real, and much more enlightened perspective, is provided by the main characters played by Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder.”

Thus “Blazing Saddles” is falsely re-framed as movie written to make social justice points, when in fact it was made for a single purpose: to make people laugh, which it did and has for almost half a century. The ridicule being heaped on the disclaimer is the only thing encouraging about this latest race-related embarrassment authored by the woke,

  • “The only disclaimer they need on Blazing Saddles is: ‘This movie was made, by a brilliant crew of people, back in the days when people enjoyed laughing together instead of searching for things that offend them.’:
  • “They are now telling us how and what to think about the movies we watch.”
  • “Mel Brooks’s Blazing Saddles, perhaps the most obvious piece of racial satire in film history, now needs a disclaimer to inform dimwits that racism is, in fact, bad.'”

Says Smith in part,

Stewart’s intro should be called “Blazing Obviousness” since everyone already knew all of that…A few years ago, conservatives who pointed out worrying or silly campus adventures in speech modification and idea policing were told, “Relax, it’s just college kids. Why do you care?” Less than a decade later, Andrew Sullivan was able to write a column titled, “We all live on campus now,” and everyone knew he was exactly right.

Ridiculous, unnecessary trigger warnings are getting plastered all over everything, Realtors are afraid to use the term “master bedroom.” But HBO Max seems to think we all live in kindergarten. What kind of melonhead doesn’t realize the purpose of the slurs in “Blazing Saddles” is to make the racists look bad? We don’t need this explained to us, unless we just arrived on this planet from a faraway star system or attended Oberlin…There’s a reason no comic ever starts his set by saying, “The following remarks are jokes and I will sometimes say things facetiously.”

I hope I’ll be able to avoid hating the people responsible for things like this, as well was those who support it. So far, I’ve been  able to confine my reaction to contempt.

5 thoughts on “HBO Max Adds A Disclaimer For Morons Onto “Blazing Saddles”

  1. We don’t need this explained to us, unless we just arrived on this planet from a faraway star system or attended Oberlin.

    Hah. Wish I’d written that.

  2. On the one hand, I agree with the people ridiculing the disclaimer. On the other hand, if it gets more people to watch the film and learn to appreciate satire, I’m in favor of a little message at the beginning that says, “It’s okay, you’re not a bad person for watching this film.” I’d like to get to the point where we don’t need the disclaimer, though.

    When you mention hate and contempt, it makes me realize that most of what people refer to as “hate” is actually contempt, and that sloppy language prevents them from realizing what they want and what they need to do to get it. People don’t just want to eliminate “hate”—they want to be respected.

    The tricky thing about respect is that people can’t simply demand it even if they deserve it. Sheriff Bart knew that, so he just did his job to the best of his ability despite the contempt Rock Ridge had for him, and he earned their respect by saving them and their town.

    Obviously, saving people’s lives should not be necessary for earning their respect, but my point is that Bart showed he cared about the people of Rock Ridge and had the courage and competence to help them out and succeed where they despaired. That’s also how he ended up winning over his allies in the film:

    He showed compassion to the alcoholic ex-gunfighter Jim and beat him at chess.
    He spoke with femme fatale singer Lili in her native language and managed to… sweep her off her feet even with her jaded attitude towards men and sex.
    He offered the brutish brawler Mongo candy and delivered him defeat (in the same action, no less) and released him from jail with no hard feelings.

    He’s classy, considerate, cunning, and capable. When did it go out of fashion to be like Sheriff Bart?

    It seems like people don’t partake of educational fiction anymore, or don’t learn anything from it, or fail to apply the lessons where they’re needed most.

    Granted, it’s quite difficult and costly for people who are in a bad situation and under enormous stress through no fault of their own to show such magnanimity to the world with no guarantee of a reward, and arguably even unfair for them to have to. If we equip them with empathy mindset and a solid competence at something, though, a little can go a long way.

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