Sarah Silverman revealed that she was fired from a forthcoming movie over resurfaced images of her wearing blackface on her one-time Comedy Central series.
Speaking on Thursday’s episode of “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” the liberal comedian complained about the unforgivingness of “cancel culture,” which she said has “invaded the left.”
“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,” Silverman told host Bill Simmons, referring to a bit from the 2007 season of “The Sarah Silverman Program.” “They hired someone else who is wonderful but who has never stuck their neck out.”
She did not disclose which role or movie she lost, but she said: “I didn’t fight it.”
Echoing a number of other comedians and actors, Silverman slammed increased policing of appropriateness in culture as “righteousness porn,” saying that “it’s really scary and it’s a very odd thing that it’s invaded the left primarily.”
“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,'” she said.
Sarah Silverman has addressed the blackface sketch before
Despite her critique of political correctness, Silverman also expressed regret over her blackface appearance. The practice briefly became a national issue in February after Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam admitted appearing in a racist yearbook photo from 1984.
“That was such liberal-bubble stuff, where I actually thought it was dealing with racism by using racism,” she said. “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.”
Silverman’s comments echo an interview she gave GQ last year in which she directly addressed the blackface sketch.
“Comedy by nature is not at all evergreen. So if you’re doing it right, you look back at your old stuff and you’re horrified,” she said. “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.”
Silverman has been a vocal supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent and Democratic presidential candidate, and a critic of President Donald Trump. But she has run afoul of the liberal P.C. police before.
In recent months, she faced criticism for using an anti-gay slur as a joke in a 2010 tweet, and for publicly staying friends with fellow comedians Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari and Al Franken, all of whom were called out for sexual misconduct during the #MeToo movement.