Whoopi Goldberg defends ‘Blazing Saddles’ against racism allegations

“It deals with racism by being right, direct, frank and making you think and laugh,” Goldberg said of the 1974 Mel Brooks film.

Whoopi Goldberg has no time for critics who think “Blazing Saddles” is racist.

The View co-host defended Mel Brooks’ 1974 satirical western against modern social media’s claims that the film was problematic. In Blazing Saddles, Cleavon Little plays a railroad worker hired as the first black sheriff in a frontier town about to be demolished to make way for a new railroad. Gene Wilder plays his gunslinger sidekick, with director Brooks also starring.

“It deals with racism by being right, direct, frank and making you think and laugh, because listen, it’s not just racism, it’s all -isms, it hits all -isms,” Goldberg told Brooks’ Movie (via Entertainment Weekly). “‘Blazing Saddles’, because it’s a great comedy, would still come across today.”

The ‘Ghost’ Oscar winner continued: ‘There’s a lot of comedy that’s not good, OK? We’re just gonna say that. That’s not one of them. “Blazing Saddles” is one of the biggest because it hits everyone. If you haven’t seen ‘Blazing Saddles’ do yourself a favor, get some popcorn, get a glass of wine and put it on because it’s great.”

She concluded, “Leave my ‘Blazing Saddles’ alone. Don’t make me come for you!”

The View panel followed Mindy Kaling expressing that The Office would be considered “inappropriate” by today’s standards.

“The writers that I’m still in touch with now, we’re always talking about how much of this show we probably couldn’t do right now,” former staff writer and star Kaling told Good Morning America, adding, “Tastes have changed, and frankly, what offends people has changed so much now… Most of the characters on this show would have been canceled by now.

Comedians John Cleese, Rowan Atkinson and Jerrod Carmichael recently spoke out about a culture-threatening comedy. Marlon Wayans also defended the 2004 spoof film White Chicks earlier this year.

“I don’t know what planet we’re on that you think people don’t need a laugh and that people need to be censored and put down,” Wayans told Buzzfeed. “It’s sad that society is in this place where we can’t laugh anymore. I don’t listen to this damn generation. I don’t listen to these people: these scared people, these scared executives. Are you all doing what you want to do? Big. I’ll still tell my jokes the way I tell them. And if you want to make some money, get on board. And if not, I’ll find a way to do it myself… If a joke makes me cancel, thank you for doing me this favor.”

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