In 1977 a 26-year-old Robin Williams joined a group of fellow comedians to roast Richard Pryor.
While roasts have continued well into the 21st century, the content of the quips and barbs hasn’t.
Sure, the comedians weren’t allowed to use any four letter words, but the content of their comedy was nearly limitless.
Watch a hilarious roast between friends that puts political correctness where it belongs, in the trash.
Williams closes his speech with a play on former Secretary of Agriculture Earl L. Butz’s infamously vulgar comment that forced him out of the presidential cabinet. If you were alive in the 70s you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.
Robin uses humor to shine a light on racism and condemns those responsible for it. The message he sends speaks louder than the words themselves. His joke isn’t politically correct, but neither is racism. Williams and Pryor didn’t fight racism with violence, the fought it with comedy.
Sadly, the world today is so focused on political correctness that the true message delivered through humor is often lost.
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