Comedian Sarah Silverman revealed recently that she had been fired from a film after it was discovered she had once performed a “blackface” skit.
Page Six reports that on a podcast appearance the former Jimmy Kimmel paramour said she didn’t fight the decision, even though it disappointed her.
“I recently was going to do a movie, a sweet part,” she said on “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” “Then, at 11 p.m. the night before, they fired me because they saw a picture of me in blackface from that episode.
“I didn’t fight it,” she continued. “They hired someone else who is wonderful but who has never stuck their neck out. It was so disheartening. It just made me real, real sad because I really kind of devoted my life to making it right.”
In the comedy skit she referred to, Silverman donned “blackface” to try to find out if it was harder to be Black or Jewish. She claims at the time it was done in good faith, but has since come to regret it.
Silverman has long spoken out against the sketch, which she said at first was praised and helped her career. She maintains she regrets it.
“It was like, I’m playing a character, and I know this is wrong, so I can say it. I’m clearly liberal. That was such liberal-bubble stuff, where I actually thought it was dealing with racism by using racism,” she previously told GQ.
Silverman went on to express concern about “cancel culture” and how it does not allow for redemption.
“I think it’s really scary and it’s a very odd thing that it’s invaded the left primarily and the right will mimic it,” adding that she calls it “righteousness porn.”
“It’s like, if you’re not on board, if you say the wrong thing, if you had a tweet once, everyone is, like, throwing the first stone,” she continued. “It’s so odd. It’s a perversion. It’s really, ‘Look how righteous I am and now I’m going to press refresh all day long to see how many likes I get in my righteousness.’”
The whole fiasco is silly. Obviously the point of the skit was solidarity, not ridicule.
This is absurd. The make-up was for a skit about the comparative challenges of being black and Jewish. https://t.co/n4FDtpNKy5
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 12, 2019
She is right to be concerned and upset, but it would nice if she acknowledged that these are the very rules she herself has encouraged over the years. She has been cold and unforgiving towards anyone who didn’t toe the liberal line. She has so harshly judged those on the other side of the political aisle that she has ascribed hate and racism to their every utterance, even in the simplest of expressions. She – like her liberal brethren in the industry – has decided that no conservative/Republican could possibly be arguing in good faith ever. She has assigned the cruelest of intentions to past statements, jokes or social media interactions to people on the right who, just like her, have moved on from certain cultural expressions.
Sarah, while I feel for you and agree with everything you’re saying here, I can’t help but feel like you’re looking at the bed you made and having second thoughts about laying in it.
These are your rules. We all have to play by them now.
Pick your cliche. Sorry, babe. We tried to warn you. We’re all right-wing nutjobs now.