Jimmy Fallon mocks explanatory caveats affixed to “problematic” films

I understand that this spoof by Jimmy Fallon was put in the comments of my last post, about the now-obligatory “racism” warning given before the start of HBO’s reissue of the movie “Blazing Saddles”. (HBO did the same thing to “Gone with the Wind.”)

This was sent by reader Simon, who added, “Once comedians start serious mockery a trend is likely on the way out (I hope!)” In support of Simon’s hopes, note the ratio of “thumbs up” to “thumbs down” ratings on YouTube.

24 Comments

  1. Diana MacPherson
    Posted August 20, 2020 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Gratuitous kicking of a beagle.

    • jezgrove
      Posted August 20, 2020 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

      Could’ve been worse, and anti-Semitic: “gratuitous kicking of a bagel” …!

      Am I the only one left wanting to watch Passion on the Prairie now?

      • davelenny
        Posted August 20, 2020 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

        Fallon’s introduction delicately omits mentioning that the full title was Passion Fruit on the Prairie but objections to the homophobic reference and numerous scenes of bees non-consensually assaulting plants’s sexual organs have resulted in substantial cuts to both the title and the film, so it is no longer the classic it once was.

        • jezgrove
          Posted August 20, 2020 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

          They should have made a sequel called Fruit Flies in Death Valley starring our host.

          • merilee
            Posted August 20, 2020 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

            Don’t be so homophobic🙀🤣

          • Posted August 20, 2020 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

            It will be de-platformed from streaming online because they have no gynandromorph flies.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted August 20, 2020 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

        Haha

  2. merilee
    Posted August 20, 2020 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    🐾🐾

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 20, 2020 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    That is certainly a classic.

  4. Posted August 20, 2020 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    The comic potential of all this is untapped comedy gold, I tell ‘ya.
    Imagine an SNL skit where there is a conversation opener about the weather between a few people, but they can’t actually get around to talking about the weather since they must painstakingly preface everything from the standpoint of their racial heritage and gender identity. One of them accidentally refers to the other with the wrong pronoun, and they are gleefully berated by the others. But in doing so, one of them makes another unforgivable error when they mention being in an ethnic food restaurant, but they are not of that particular ethnicity so of course they should have never set foot in there. The third person gets their turn at being verbally flogged when it is discovered that they had bought their daughter a Mulan Halloween costume. I don’t know how to finish this.

    • Simon Hayward
      Posted August 20, 2020 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

      If they do it you should definitely claim a finders/writers fee

    • BJ
      Posted August 20, 2020 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

      This is truly a great concept. I can imagine so many scenarios. Seriously, this is excellent. You should replace 85% of the writers on SNL 😀

    • Posted August 20, 2020 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

      Here is a skit that uses a similar premise:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwOGMNrFBiM

      • merilee
        Posted August 20, 2020 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

        Love it!

  5. kelskye
    Posted August 20, 2020 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    I want to see how a movie set on the prairie has a whale hunt. They certainly don’t make ’em like they used to!

    • merilee
      Posted August 20, 2020 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

      Prairie whale hunt 🤣. Moby dirt?

    • john reynolds
      Posted August 20, 2020 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

      I did see a movie where Sterling Hayden brought a harpoon to a gunfight, but then of course he’s Sterling bloody Hayden and he can bring anything he wants to a gunfight.

  6. John Dentinger
    Posted August 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    I’m not even sure why–who knows what evil lurks . . . , but the final, edited, very short version of ‘Passion’ reminded me instantly of my all-time favorite short: “Bambi Meets Godzilla.” Trigger warning–extreme gratuitous violence. Yee Haw!

  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 20, 2020 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Sometimes mockery is the deftest arrow in the iconoclast’s quiver.

  8. eric
    Posted August 20, 2020 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    I remember watching “The Thin Man” in a big outdoor cinema fest a few years ago. It’s ridiculously sexist, but everyone enjoyed it for two reasons, one of which the woke simply won’t get. (1) It’s similar but predates ‘Remington Steele’ in that the woman is actively aware and “working” the sexist system, and (2) knowing when it was produced, it’s like laughing at your granddad’s faux pas.

    The craziest thing about woke culture to me is that it seems displaced in time. My 9-year-old seems to have no problem grasping that old movies might be offensive by today’s standards, but not the standards of their time. It seems to be only a single generation or maybe one and a half, (millennials, some Z’s), that can’t make the mental jump between “old movie” and “different values at the time”. Everyone older gets it. And those younger get it too.

  9. Posted August 21, 2020 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    I have to admit that I googled “passion on the prairie. It turns out to be a real book although, not a film.

    Tell a lie: it’s two real books.

  10. Saul Sorrell-Till
    Posted August 21, 2020 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    “Once comedians start serious mockery a trend is likely on the way out”

    …Or they’ve finally reached the cultural mainstream and are going to be around for a long time.

    Apologies for the pessimism.


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