I was simultaneously interested and perturbed by a slideshow on the Entertainment Weekly site that posits that certain classic films might be too politically incorrect to be made today.
The list includes some of my favorite films — such as "Blazing Saddles," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Dumbo," "Silence of the Lambs," "The Jerk" and "Caddyshack" — among a dozen others.
Most of the discussion revolved around racial stereotypes and cliches and I agree that some of the examples can be a little jarring to watch in the current era (though "There's Something About Mary" really wasn't made that long ago).
But I think part of the appeal of watching older films is that they represent an era with different ideals than the one in which we currently live — I don't think the racist and otherwise "offensive" behavior/language is glorified, but just an example of the way things were at the time the film was made.
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When we watch period films or television shows, we know that the behavior is accurate to the time even if it wouldn't be appropriate in the modern era. I can see how these films might be viewed from that same perspective.
Do you think our current society is too concerned about political correctness or are these films truly offensive?