Whoopi Goldberg defends 1974 Mel Brooks comedy Blazing Saddles amid racism row
08.12.2022 - 04:47
Whoopi Goldberg has defended the 1974 Mel Brooks film Blazing Saddles amid an online backlash branding the western satire racist.Appearing on The View on Wednesday, Goldberg, 67, declared: 'Leave my Blazing Saddles alone - don't make me come for you!' in a chat shortly after Mindy Kaling said in a Good Morning America appearance that The Office wouldn't be accepted by modern audiences.The EGOT winner said the film - which sends up racism with its black sheriff protagonist - 'deals with racism by coming at it right, straight, out front, making you think and laugh about it - because, listen, it's not just racism, it's all the isms, he hits all the isms.' Hitting back: Whoopi Goldberg has defended the 1974 Mel Brooks film Blazing Saddles amid an online backlash branding the western satire racist She added, 'Blazing Saddles, because it's a great comedy, would still go over today - there are a lot of comedies that are not good, okay? 'We're just going to say that - that's not one of them. Blazing Saddles is one of the greatest because it hits everybody.'Goldberg advised viewers to decide for themselves and watch the movie, which features the late stars Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Slim Pickens, Madeline Kahn and Harvey Korman. The storyline of the film centers around a corrupt politician who appoints a Black sheriff to preside over a village in 1874.
'If you've never seen Blazing Saddles, you should do yourself a favor, get some popcorn, get a glass of wine, and put it on, because it's magnificent,' Goldberg said.The show's Sara Haines said that 'laughing is literally the ultimate medicine for life and all that it brings,' and that comedy should have a 'sacred space' for artists to work in, as such. Iconic: Goldberg advised
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