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Comedienne and actress Sarah Silverman says that she lost an acting job over an old photo of her in blackface.
Silverman wore blackface makeup during a 2007 episode of “The Sarah Silverman Program.” She eventually expressed remorse over the skit.
Silverman, during a recent discussion on “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” admitted that the 2007 episode recently cost her a job in a movie.
“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,” she admitted. “I didn’t fight it.”
Silverman said she was disappointed in the executives’ decisions to fire her from the production, but she understood.
“They hired someone else who is wonderful, but who has never stuck their neck out,” she divulged. “It was so disheartening. It just made me real, real sad, because I really kind of devoted my life to making it right.”
She also revealed her concerns over outrage culture and what it is doing to comedy.
“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,” the comedienne-actress said, calling the movement “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 explained. “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.'”
Silverman said it’s often difficult to look at the history of comedy through the lens of political correctness, noting that accountability is paramount in moving forward from such times.
“It’s OK to go, ‘Wow, look at this back then,'” she said. “That was so f***ed up looking at it in the light of today of what we know,’ but to hold that person accountable if they’ve changed with the times, like for me … I held myself accountable. I can’t erase that I did that, but I can only be changed forever and do what I can to make it right for the rest of my life.”