Legendary Hollywood director David Zucker has blasted “woke” movie studios, warning that “they’re destroying comedy.”
Zucker, who directed classic comedy films like “Airplane!,” “The Naked Gun,” and two of the “Scary Movie” sequels, fired back at the “woke” mob during a new interview with PragerU.
He said he’s reached his limit with the far-left ideology that’s dominating Hollywood and called out “woke” studio executives he says are killing comedy.
He joins famous comedians Bill Maher, Joe Rogan, Dave Chappelle, and Monty Python’s John Cleese to take issue with “woke” culture’s ruinous influence on art and artists.
“We could be as offensive as we liked, we went where the laughs were,” Zucker said.
“We never worried about any of this stuff with the ‘Naked Guns’ or even the ‘Scary Movies.’
“They’re destroying comedy because of nine percent of the people who don’t have a sense of humor.
“Comedy is in trouble, of course, but I think it’s going to come back.
“There’s a pendulum, and the pendulum will swing back.
“I’d like to see comedy filmmakers do comedies without fear.”
Zucker said his most famous film, the comedy classic “Airplane!,” could still be made in today’s “woke” environment but on one condition.
“Just without the jokes,” he said.
He told a story about pitching a “James Bond” and “Mission: Impossible” satire to a studio and was shocked at what studio executives got offended with.
“It was pure oatmeal, so mild,” he said of one joke.
“I thought, ‘if this was the criteria for it, we’re in big trouble.’”
He said he switched to a Republican voter after 9/11.
“President Bill Clinton said, ‘what have we done to deserve this?’ but the Republicans were saying, ‘this is evil.’” he recalled.
“Why am I still voting for Democrats if they don’t really share my values?”