Political correctness is killing comedy

Mel Brooks Calls Political Correctness ‘The Death of Comedy’

Veteran comedian Mel Brooks has said that our politically correct culture is killing comedy and if the two recent outrages in New Zealand lead by comedians Oscar Kightley and James Baroque with their attacks on Golliwogs and a funny Asian menu respectively is anything to go by it is happening in New Zealand too.

[…] Brooks said he would not have been able to do “Blazing Saddles” in today’s age because it would have offended a lot of people.

Political correctness, sometimes called “P.C. culture,” is generally the practice of deliberately avoiding language or actions that offend others, particularly as it refers to gender or race.

“We have become stupidly politically correct, which is the death of comedy,” Brooks said. “Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks.”

[…] The Atlantic underscored Brook’s perspective in a 2015 story that cited stand-up comedians expressing anxiety in coming off as too offensive or politically incorrect to younger audiences at college campuses.[…]

Jerry Seinfeld

In a 2015 radio interview with ESPN’s Colin Cowherd, the “Seinfeld” comic said politically correct culture is hurting comedy. “Yes, yes it is,” he said.

“I don’t play colleges but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges, they’re so PC,’” Seinfeld said. Later he went on the show “Late Night with Seth Meyers” to reiterate that point.


Should there be a line that comedians can’t cross and who gets to decide that line?

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