Mel Brooks, one of Hollywood’s funniest film-makers, has told the BBC political correctness is “the death of comedy”.
He said Blazing Saddles, his Western spoof about a black sheriff in a racist town, could never be made today.
“It’s OK not to hurt the feelings of various tribes and groups,” he said. “However, it’s not good for comedy.
“Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks. It’s the lecherous little elf whispering in the king’s ear, telling the truth about human behaviour.”
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