Sarah Silverman Claims Democrat Comics Get a Break: ‘We’re Liberal, so we Can say Anything.’

Actress Sarah Silverman admits she got away with offensive comedy routines because liberals can say “the words that are unsayable.”  

The comedian appeared on the November 30 episode of the podcast Smartless, hosted by funny guy actors Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett. “There are a lot of problematic things looking back, but such is comedy. It’s not evergreen,” she remarked.

Silverman is known for risqué comedy that often mocked different races, religions, touched on sensitive subjects like rape. Arnett brought up a bit she performed on her 2007 Comedy Central program about getting an AIDS test, noting that he didn’t know if she could get away with performing the joke in today’s climate.  

“I think people might be offended today, I don’t know,” he said. Silverman acknowledged that the comedy routine was offensive. “There are a lot of problematic things looking back. But, you know, such is comedy,” she replied. “It’s not evergreen.”

When Will & Grace star Hayes remarked that some of her comedy is pretty dark.  Silverman defended that her intention wasn’t malicious. “Like especially back then, I always said the opposite of what I thought, you know? And that was the joke kind of.”

Her jokes don’t always land. In 2001, she used an Asian slur in a satire about “the racist thought process” on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and was met with harsh criticism from the Media Action Network for Asian Americans. She parlayed the controversy into a bit in her following live shows, where Silverman claimed she learned that racism is bad, “and I mean bad, like in a black way.” 

In the interview, she told Hayes that her edgy jokes were accepted because, “that comedy I did, you’re right… It’s okay, because you know I don’t mean it.”  

Silverman explained that her politics excused her comedy. “It also is kind of like, ‘We’re liberal, so we can say anything. We can say, you know, the words that are unsayable. You know I don’t mean it, so I can say it.’ There is kind of a liberal douchiness about it, I think, in retrospect. I mean, I don’t know, it’s a weird balance.”

Arnett went on to blame non-liberals for robbing comedians of their ability to satirize charged topics.  “Things have gotten so serious because everybody who is not liberal is so serious and so dark and so real about their negativity or hate or racism,” he commented. “I don’t even want to joke about a lot of things that are rough or maybe pushing boundaries because you feel like, ‘I don’t want it to be taken the wrong way because there are so many people who mean it.’”

Silverman agreed with him. “There’s not enough distance, you know, it’s like so close.” But distance from a joke doesn’t always matter, she was recently let go from a film role over a 2007 episode of The Sarah Silverman Program, where she wore blackface during a skit.  

“I recently was going to do a movie, a sweet part, then at 11pm the night before they fired me because they saw a picture of me in blackface from that episode,” Silverman confirmed on The Bill Simmons Podcast. “I didn’t fight it. 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.”

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P W
P W
2 months ago

Everyone can say anything they want to in a free society, liberals do not want a free society, they just want a society where they sit in judgment of all and are in total control. What happened to the liberals that like free speech for all and care about the poor, where did they go? Not sure Sarah Silverman realizes this but by preventing poor people from having school choice you have resigned them to always being poor, otherwise known as indentured servitude for life, another term is slaves. So the Democrat Party is the party of slavery, they always were the party of slavery and they still are today. She won’t admit that in her routine because that has to be a bit of untruth in comedy for it to be funny too, right Sarah?

Scott
2 months ago

No, Sarah, you’re just trash…

Dinkus
Dinkus
2 months ago
Reply to  Scott

And where does trash belong? In the garbage can.

Dinkus
Dinkus
2 months ago
Reply to  Scott

Sarah is in need of cornhole. With the proper amount, she can start leading a normal life. Coenhole is a cure all for many of life’s trials and tribulations.

Christine Leveille
Christine Leveille
2 months ago

The only reason you think you can say anything is because of being a “celebrity”. You people need to realize that no one gives a shit what you think. You are a hasbeen that looking for attention. Why don’t you do something with your life instead of being a standup idiot! ?

JohnB
JohnB
2 months ago

Being a standup idiot pays much better than being a regular citizen that does actual work for a living.

Christine Leveille
Christine Leveille
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnB

Unfortunately

Stephane
2 months ago

In so many ways she is 100% right.
As a conservative, I will allow everybody their own freedom to say as they wish. Everybody has that dreedom. As I have the freedom to counter everything. Meaningful ways of speaking are very different from the antagonistic ways the left is threatening all of us with. To threaten people of death, maiming, burning, shooting, cutting is AGAINST the law, and against any decent way of thinking. She has been extreme left for a while and has denied the conservatives the right to speak as she does. Which brings us back to the DEMONRAT attitude:”””DO AS I SAY, DON’T DO AS I DO!!!”””.

Michael Lowenstein
Michael Lowenstein
2 months ago

So I would assume from her name that she is Jewish. I must ask, “How does it feel to be anti Trump after he has supported Israel more than any previous President, and much more than the present democrat party that hates Israel, constantly spreads anti-Jewish hate speech on the floor of Congress and wants to immediately destroy the peace treaties that Trump negotiated between Israel and several of its Arab neighbors. I don’t believe that the only reason you can say anything is because you are liberal. I believe that it is because you are stupid and have no sense of morality. But those are both characteristics of both liberals and democrats, so she fits right in.

Christine Leveille
Christine Leveille
2 months ago

She probably doesn’t give a shit about religion or faith, do any of these liberals?

Bernie 99
Bernie 99
2 months ago

Some are more equal than others. Just ask any entitled liberal.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
2 months ago

All I have a say is:
This “it” person is disgusting!

Marina
Marina
2 months ago

The liberal ARE fascist.

Willy Willy
Willy Willy
2 months ago

She Isn’t that funny anyway!

Gary
Gary
2 months ago

And that’s why they disgust Americans!

Von Druid
Von Druid
2 months ago

Yes, liberals can say anything they want, no matter that they are just vulgar and not even the least bit funny. While conservatives can’t say anything at all because they are judged to be ignorant racists before they have even opened their mouths.

Conservative Me
2 months ago

Abraham Lincoln – Quote – Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt . :Celeberities” are only infouns in their own minds. Wht the Dims accuse the conseratives of is what they are doing and it’s disgusting what they ahve doe to this country and will continue to do if theis idiot Biden/Harris get into office. God help us – the end is near.

Jane Stacy
2 months ago

I stopped listening to assh-ls

Louie Rey
Louie Rey
2 months ago

Okay but just one thing else. When is it that you’re going to say something funny? I thought that comics were supposed to be, you know, comical? The next time you say something funny will be the first time.

Eliot
Eliot
2 months ago

Just another classless turd who no doubt was spawned by 2 baby boomers!!!!