Movies like The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights are hilariously funny and as politically incorrect as they could possibly be. No one is spared - blacks, whites, gays, Chinese, the Irish, the handicapped, religious leaders, politicians. It would probably be a shorter list to identify those not insulted or mocked. The humour is at its best when it is making fun of evil, as when Dick Shawn plays a hippy Hitler in The Producers or Dom DeLuise plays a mafia Godfather from Jersey in Robin Hood. Every time I watch one of these movies, I marvel at the outrageous, irreverent treatment of any sense of propriety and am struck by how different is today’s world of non-stop grievances about real or imagined slights.
C. Richard Tindal, Ph.D is a retired Professor of Government. He taught for 30 years at St. Lawrence College, Kingston and was an occasional Visiting Professor at Queen's University. He has also written and consulted extensively about government.