David Zucker said leaders flatter the “9% of people who don’t have a sense of humor”.
The director of the 1980 film Plane! put the boot in Hollywood, saying it “destroys comedy” by making it too woke.
David Zucker told PragerU that movie executives are now too afraid to upset a small segment of the population who “have no sense of humor”.
Zucker, who also worked on the Naked Gun series and two Scary Movies, said Hollywood was so sensitive that Airplane! could only be made today if all the jokes were canned.
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Plane! is full of decidedly non-PC humor, including a scene where two black characters are given subtitles as they “jive” to each other and another where multiple characters assault a passenger in distress.
Zucker told PragerU that he and his writers aren’t afraid to offend people when working on their comedy classics and just go “where the laughs were.”
“We could be as attacking as we wanted,” he explained.
However, the 75-year-old admitted he eventually felt compelled to change his way: “We never thought we were offending anyone, but if we were offending people, we knew that we were on the right track.
“Over time, it was the 90s and 2000s and that changed. We never worried about any of that with the Naked Guns or even the Scary Movies.”
Zucker also recalled working on a satirical spy comedy and being stunned when a Hollywood executive told him a joke – which he thought was “pure oatmeal” – went too far.
“My current writing partner, Pat Proft, and I wrote a parody on James Bond and Mission: Impossible,” Zucker recalled.
“A female executive said, ‘Well, this joke is getting pretty risky here.
“It was just a very light joke about the main female character because she had been through the police department and the FBI.
“She said she needed a breast reduction to fit into the kevlar vest.
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“It was pure oatmeal, so sweet,” Zucker said, before adding, “It’s not one of our funniest things, but it was too much and I loved it. thought, “Well, if that was the criteria for this, we’re in big trouble. ‘.”
Zucker concluded that Hollywood is destroying comedy by flattering “9% of people who don’t have a sense of humor”.
He also said Airplane! could never be done today.
“When we do Airplane! screenings, we get the question, ‘Could you do Airplane! today?'” Zucker said.
“The first thing I could think of was safe, just without the jokes.”
The director’s comments come just months after Monty Python’s John Cleese also called out Hollywood for neutralizing creativity by being too PC.