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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

"I'll send a couple o' horses..."

Country Music Television"Horses?! We cain't afford to lose no horses, you dummy!... Send a couple o' niggers..."

That line is from a pinnacle of comedy, Blazing Saddles, by Mel Brooks. It's an old favorite of mine and I watched some of it on TV last night. Well, I tried to anyway. They edited the crap out of it. Fuck you, CMT! In particular, the word "nigger" which features heavily in many of the gags and permeates a large portion of the script in the first half of the film. The hacks butchering this classic were so stuck for ways to edit without making the film completely incongruous, that often the word was simply silenced, all sound was muted until the dreaded syllables had ceased.

Am I missing something here? I'm forced to wonder if the people who edit films for TV actually WATCH them. Seems to me they haven't. If they did, they might have clued into the fact that the "theme" of Blazing Saddles (such as it is) is along the lines of "don't judge a book by its cover". Brooks knew when he made the film it would raise eyebrows - THAT WAS THE GODDAM POINT. The whole idea behind the film is to point out what stupid rubes so-called civilized people are and how pointless the whole race issue is. How, pray tell me, is the audience supposed to learn why we're not supposed to use a word like nigger if we're not allowed to hear it? I swear, saying "nigger" is becoming the only true taboo left; almost every other expletive can heard on TV. Oh, except by Rappers of course, but in their case it's "nigga", because changing the letters somehow changes its origin and meaning right?

People get way too excited and uppity about entirely the wrong shit.

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