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Political correctness and the movies

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.

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?

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