Jimmy Kimmel should be next on the left’s firing squad…
From Metro UK: Sarah Silverman was fired from a movie after an old scene of her performing in blackface surfaced.
The comedian has been known to push the envelope in her routines, particularly on The Sarah Silverman Show, but a 2007 episode in which she wore minstrel-like make-up saw her sacked from a movie the night before she was due to film.
The offensive sketch saw Sarah say ‘I look like the beautiful Queen Latifah’ before entering a baptist church and proclaiming: ‘I’m black today.’
Speaking on The Bill Simmons Podcast, the 48-year-old said: ‘I recently was going to do a movie, a sweet part, 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.’ Sarah added that while she understood the decision, it made her ‘sad’ as she’s not ‘that person’ anymore.
The School Of Rock actress said: ‘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.’
Silverman last year admitted she was ‘horrified’ by the blackface sketch, telling GQ: ‘I don’t stand by the blackface sketch. I’m horrified by it, and I can’t erase it. I can only be changed by it and move on.
‘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. All I can say is that I’m not that person anymore.’
While Sarah doesn’t stand by the sketch, she called out ‘cancel culture’ on the podcast, saying it has made comedy a ‘dangerous place’ for those who have made tasteless mistakes in their careers.
She said: ‘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.
‘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. 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”.’
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