There’s no shortage of comedians who’ve come out to declare that political correctness is destroying comedy. Among them are Jerry Seinfeld, John Cleese, Chris Rock, Patton Oswalt, Daniel Lawrence Whitney (Larry the Cable Guy), Jim Norton, Gilbert Gottfried, and many, many others.
Some of them in particular (Seinfeld and Rock) won’t even perform on college campuses anymore, thanks to the snowflake mentality that has become so prevalent — in some cases, violently so. Victimhood is currency on college campuses, and when that’s the case, someone is bound to get offended over something.
It’s funny because most of the comedians listed are left-of-center (with the exception of Larry the Cable Guy), and political correctness is a phenomenon of the Left.
The latest to speak out against the madness is comedy legend Mel Brooks. As The Telegraph reported, society’s “stupidly politically correct” sensibilities will lead to the “death of comedy,” Mel Brooks has warned. Brooks, known for his plethora of acclaimed comedy movies, said political correctness was becoming a stranglehold on comedians.
“It’s not good for comedy. Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks,” he said. “Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering in the king’s ear, always telling the truth about human behaviour.”
The producer and director said that his iconic western parody Blazing Saddles could not be made in today’s political climate.
The director said he could find comedy in almost everything but conceded there were areas even he would not mine for material.
“I personally would never touch gas chambers or the death of children or Jews at the hands of the Nazis,” he told the BBC’s Radio 4’s Today programme.
“Everything else is ok.”
Speaking of Nazis, Brooks himself was a WWII veteran.
Comedians have a talent for seeing right through BS, and politically correct newspeak is no different. As the late great George Carlin famously put it, political correctness is nothing more than fascism pretending to be manners.