- Oct 25, 2017
(CNN)Comedian Sarah Silverman has said she was once fired from a movie after producers found a sketch from 2007 in which she wore blackface make-up.
In an episode of her former Comedy Central show "The Sarah Silverman Program" that she has said she no longer stands by, Silverman's character dons dark face paint to see whether it is more difficult to be black or Jewish.
The episode, which was intended to examine racism from the point of view of Silverman's eponymous character, features the comedian saying: "I look like the beautiful Queen Latifah," and telling the congregation at an African-American church: "I'm black today."
Speaking to the The Bill Simmons Podcast last week, Silverman revealed: "I recently was going to do a movie ... a really sweet part and a cool little movie."
"Then at 11 p.m. the night before, they fired me because they saw that picture of me in blackface from that episode," she added. "So they hired someone else who's wonderful but who's never stuck her neck out."
Silverman, an outspoken supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders and a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, nonetheless argued against "cancel culture" during the podcast.
"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 said, dubbing the trend "righteousness porn."
"On my show, the Sarah Silverman Program, which I love, there's so much problematic from that show. I mean it's brutal," she said.
Source: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/12/entertainment/sarah-silverman-blackface-scli-intl/index.html"I don't stand by the blackface sketch," she told GQ last year. "I'm horrified by it, and I can't erase it. I can only be changed by it and move on."
She added: "That was such liberal-bubble stuff, where I actually thought it was dealing with racism by using racism. I don't get joy in that anymore. It makes me feel yucky."
I never liked Sarah Silverman because of her racist edge lord humor. But it's good to see she's owning up to it.
Lock if old.