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Liberal comedian Sarah Silverman said on “The Bill Simmons Podcast” she recently lost a role in a movie after the filmmakers discovered a picture of her in blackface from 2007. From The Hollywood Reporter:
“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,” Silverman shared with Simmons. She said that though she understood, she’s not that person anymore: “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 is no stranger to being outspoken, and she and Simmons discussed how the “canceled culture” has caused comedy to become a “dangerous place” for those who have made many mistakes in their past.
“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,” Silverman said, further arguing that she considers the current climate to be “righteousness porn.”
She added: “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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