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.