Watch the Mel Brooks satirical Western comedy, Blazing Saddles, if you haven’t seen it before.
There is one memorable scene in Blazing Saddles in which the African American Sheriff Bart (played by Cleavon Little) distracts a pair of Klansmen, so that his sidekick, Jim (played by Gene Wilder) can carry out a necessary mission of reconnaissance.
Jim pretends to catch Bart for the Klansmen. He grabs Bart by the collar and calls out to the Klansman, “Hey boys, look what I’ve got!”
Bart then says, in a Southern black dialect, “Hey, where the white women at?”
The Klansmen, immediately diverted, go running after Bart.
Blazing Saddles is a politically incorrect classic. One of the movie’s main objectives is to spoof racist, bigoted modes of thinking.
The movie has nevertheless drawn the ire of 21st century culture nannies. HBO will air the movie. But before you watch, you must listen to a long-winded sermon about the film’s “proper social context“.
I’m not the only one who sees the absurdity here. The New York Post writes, “Ridiculous trigger warning for ‘Blazing Saddles’ shows how far culture has gone off rails”.
Finally, Don’t look for another film like Blazing Saddles anytime soon. As YouTuber Dave Cullen noted a few years ago, Blazing Saddles could never be made today, given the oppressive artistic restraints of political correctness: