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Baddiel: PC makes people scared

Published 02/04/2010 | 13:31

David Baddiel reckons people are too afraid to make comedy about race or religion
David Baddiel reckons people are too afraid to make comedy about race or religion

David Baddiel feels political correctness has made people frightened of making comedies that deal with race and religion.

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The comic and novelist wrote new film The Infidel, which stars Omid Djalili as the confused hero Mahmud, a British Muslim who discovers he is adopted and is actually Jewish.

David said: "I thought this was an issue that people aren't dealing with, certainly comically - more and more people seem to be frightened of race and religion as a thing to talk about, and not just because they're frightened of it but because we've had years and years and years of political correctness and people no long make jokes about it and I sort of thought why not?"

He added: "Because obviously if it's not coming from a racist perspective then why shouldn't you be able to make jokes about something that a lot of people think about and a lot of people are worried about."

But David revealed he struggled to get the film made because of people's worries about being PC and the BBC even dropped the project.

He revealed: "It was originally commissioned by the BBC and the BBC decided not to do it because of those very reasons.

"It wasn't an easy movie to get made, it wasn't an easy movie to get finance for.

"People were straightforward about this, they said we thinks it's funny, we think it's a good story but we're worried about the reaction to this, or we're worried about the reprisals."

:: The Infidel is released on April 9.

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