Amusingly, I simply re-watched The Bare Gun final evening with my son. A number of soiled jokes, however typically the funniest and most memorable bits weren’t sexist or racist or dated in any method. The very best jokes have been largely timeless.
There was slightly risque comedy—the statue bit on the ledge or the “hey, good beaver” line the place the punchline is that it is not sexual—which might not fly in a PG-13 film anymore. However it nonetheless labored as a result of it wasn’t directed at somebody.
It is disingenuous to say that The Bare Gun and even Airplane could not be made now. They completely might: it is simply that the script would not be 100% the identical. There’s some jokes that simply do not work after forty years, and new jokes that will work higher than the previous materials. And even some bits that appear like even darker laughs, just like the Frank Drebin’s extreme drive.
(“Simply suppose; subsequent time I shoot somebody, I may very well be arrested.” A joke then however oddly funnier now in a really black method… pun not supposed.)
The very fact Zucker is getting upset over a joke he did not suppose was good within the first place is mockingly displaying him to be extra overly delicate than the executives he is complaining about. It is a dud joke, drop it and consider a greater one.