Black SplatBlazing Saddles (1974)

"Up yours, Nigger!"

Blazing Saddles - Frontier Woman Curses at Sheriff Bart

Description: The not-so-nice greeting of an elderly frontier woman to the black sheriff (Cleavon Little) in the bawdy western comedy Blazing Saddles (1974).

Walking the streets of his new town, Sheriff Bart casually says, “Morning ma’am! And isn’t it a lovely morning.” The woman crudely quips “Up yours nigger!”

To appease Bart’s wounded pride, Jim, ‘The Waco Kid’ (Gene Wilder) explains:

“What did you expect. ‘Welcome Sonny. Make yourself at home. Marry my daughter.’ You gotta understand that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land, the common clay of the New West. You know...morons.”

Blazing Saddles - Frontier apologizes to Sheriff Bart

Later, the same old lady, who snubbed the sheriff, gives him a fresh baked apple pie for defending the town from outlaws, but advises, “Of course, you’ll have the good taste not to mention that I spoke to you.”

At the beginning of the film, crooked politician Hedley LaMarr (Harvey Korman) hires Sheriff Bart to become law enforcement in Rock Ridge to ensure that his claim on the frontier town. Hedley hopes a "black" sheriff will be an affront to their sensibilities and the townfolk would rather leave than have a black man as their sheriff.

As Hedly predicted, the town folks were not expecting a Negro and a group of townsfolk become surly. To control the crowd, Bart jumps to the bandstand, pulls out his gun, points it at himself, and threatens:

Blazing Saddles - Sheriff Bart aims gun at himself

“Hold it. The next man who makes a move, the nigger gets it.”

Note: In the film Billy Jack (1971) Bernard Posner (David Roya) asks Cindy (Susan Foster) her name, and she says, "Up." Bernard responds, "Up? Huh-huh, that's an odd name. What's your last name?" Cindy replies, "Yours. Up Yours."

Blazing Saddles wreaks of raunchy, off-color lines and antics, including, punching out a horse, bean-eating cowboys farting around a campfire, and American Indians with Jewish accents.

Some more memorable lines from this outrageous movie:

  • “You use your tongue prettier than a $20 whore”
  • “All right. We‘ll give some land to the niggers and the chinks. But we don’t want the Irish”
  • “You spare the women? NAW, We rape the shit out of them at the number 6 Dance later on...marvelous!”
  • “We can’t afford to lose any horses. Send over a couple o’niggers”
  • "Piss ant prairie punk”
  • “Little bastard shot me in the ass”
  • “Excuse me while I whip this out” (inference to a large black penis)
  • "Tell me, is it true how zey say zat you people are gifted? It’s twue! It’s twue! It’s twue!” (another remark alluding to the alleged size of a Black man’s penis)

Comedian Richard Pryor contributed his screen writing talents to this Mel Brooks film.

Blazing Saddles - Movie Poster

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