Notably, Little plays a Black sheriff in an all-white town in 1874. HBO’s statement: “Gone With The Wind is a product of its time and depicts some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that have, unfortunately, been commonplace in American society. Here’s what they were last night: #16 – Blazing Saddles 40th Anniversary (BD) [Blu-ray]: 8,915% increase. But of course loudmouth conservatives — always eager to play First Amendment martyrs even as they cheer on actual assaults on free speech, such as tear-gassing peaceful protesters so Donald Trump can stage a photo-op without hecklers — have worked themselves into a tizzy about the alleged censorship to which neither they nor the film are actually being subjected to. Adam Serwer of The Atlantic, one of today’s most incisive writers on race, also pointed out why this is all so ridiculous: But then, of course, there’s the other stupid debate we get to have again: The Blazing Saddles one. As a response to the Black Lives Matter movement, and in an effort to wrestle with Hollywood’s racial biases, Gone with the Wind was temporarily removed from HBO Max. The outrage over liberals supposedly blackballing this comedy classic, which features both fart jokes and anti-racist satire, appears to have been kicked off by Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican and onetime anti-Trump presidential candidate: "Here's a radical idea: Don't censor Gone With The Wind. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Due to the fact that Gone with the Wind has temporarily been pulled from HBO Max due to its depiction of a rosy, slave-owning antebellum South, a new, strange rallying cry has started up on Twitter saying to ban Blazing Saddles next. Among the many ironies at work here is the fact that if "Blazing Saddles" were made today, the same right-wingers who pretend they are defending it from fictitious censors would be outraged at the film. But while Kelly could go "on & on", her assumption that anyone on the left is doing any of these things is not borne out by the facts. In the book, these characters are explicitly members of the Ku Klux Klan.) You can go watch it right now, if that's how you'd like to spend your day! The implication? It’s completely theoretical, based on stuff that hasn’t ever happened and probably never will. And in the meantime, before Gone With the Wind returns to HBO Max, it’s right there to rent from Amazon, Apple, or other VOD providers for just $4. But in the meantime, Blazing Saddles remains blessedly unbanned. The streamer, which serves as the streaming home for the classic 1974 Mel Brooks comedy, has … Though even if he had pushed for full banishment, one writer in one newspaper doesn’t have the power to get movies banned all by himself. The spoof comes after HBO Max included proper social context notices for Gone with the Wind and Blazing Saddles. And when the movie comes back, they’re not going to edit it or censor it. As the Revolution seeks to eliminate them, the normal everyday American are rushing out to preserve history! Obviously Game of Thrones has to go right now. Required fields are marked *. Due to the fact that Gone with the Wind has temporarily been pulled from HBO Max due to its depiction of a rosy, slave-owning antebellum South, a new, strange rallying cry has started up on Twitter saying to ban Blazing Saddles next. Let’s be clear about what happened: HBO did not ban, censor, or “blacklist” Gone With the Wind. Blazing Saddles, which delivers a brutally funny savaging of racism, is so effective primarily because it is never patronizing or simple-minded. https://t.co/LnypGU3JMS. TCM host and University of Chicago cinema and media studies professor Jacqueline Stewart provides the intro to Blazing Saddles. (And also, not to get too judge-y here, quite a bit more comical.) (And in the meantime, those who wish to watch it may do so through Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube and other streaming services.) In spite of its significance, Gone with the Wind has always been a controversial film. There is no call to withdraw "Friends" or "Game of Thrones" or even "Sixteen Candles," the John Hughes movie Kelly is clearly thinking about but avoids naming because she knows she can't defend either the anti-Asian racism or the celebration of date rape in the movie. Learn how your comment data is processed. Witness the unbearably pompous Ben Shapiro, who denounced those who would "Remove all 'offensive' content" on Twitter Wednesday night. Hell, by defending "Blazing Saddles" long and hard enough, the right may persuade a few naive liberals to attack it, under the assumption that if conservatives are this fired up about it, it must be a racist movie. Jacqueline Stewart, who recorded a similar intro for "Gone With the Wind," introduces Mel Brooks' film "Blazing Saddles" from 1974 Ted Cruz and Megyn Kelly and Joe Concha and even VDare probably understand that they're setting themselves up to be mocked by liberals for their imaginary war against imaginary censorship. The ensuing freakout was swift and immense, from those who seem to believe that, following the last three weeks of American history, THIS is the injustice worth getting exercised about. They certainly don't want to back themselves into a corner where they need to explain why they're not also demanding that HBO stream "Amos 'n' Andy" or "Birth of a Nation.". And in case you thought the P.C. Instead of defending "Gone With the Wind", conservatives have bizarrely pivoted to defending "Blazing Saddles," Mel Brooks' satirical 1974 Western that depicts the trials and tribulations of a black sheriff in an all-white town. She also did the intro for Gone With the Wind. police caused people to just start noticing in the last few years that Gone With the Wind was racist, well, take a look at this thread. On Tuesday, the new streaming service, HBO Max, temporarily suspended offering "Gone With the Wind", the 1939 Civil War-themed film that is simultaneously both a classic Hollywood movie and a rancid, regressive work that celebrates slavery, glorifies treason and, for good measure, romanticizes rape. ? The Curious Disappearance of Judith McNaught: What Happened to ‘The Sweetest Thing’? What HBO seems to not quite appreciate is that the gulf dividing Gone With The Wind and Blazing Saddles is wider than the Grand Canyon. “Let ‘Gone With the Wind’ be gone with the wind,” the award-winning actress told The Associated Press in a recent interview. The entire censorship campaign against this film is occurring in the imaginations of Cruz and his fellow nutbar conspiracy theorists. The problem here? The buying out of Blazing Saddles, To Kill a Mockingbird and Casablanca. You're next. Copyright © 2019 Salon.com, LLC. HBO Max is giving Blazing Saddles the Gone With the Wind treatment. It’s both a dead-on parody of the racist tropes of the Western genre, and an overall condemnation of both white conservative racial panic and the tendency of right-wing plutocrats to hide behind the grievances of poor whites. It’s clear that “Gone With the Wind” won’t be the only film on the woke mob’s chopping block. Don't censor Quentin Tarantino. That's the true face of censorship in this country. Toto does not, however, quote a single "cultural observer" of any description who has suggested that "Blazing Saddles" should be canceled or censored or withdrawn from a streaming service, temporarily or in any other way. 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