Sarah Silverman was all for PC comedy restrictions before she was against them.
The far-left standup made her name from bawdy bits, all told with her oh-so-innocent attitude. How could such a nice woman say such awful things?
So it seemed logical the Queen of Not So Nice Jokes would decry the creeping terror that is PC groupthink. If squeaky-clean Jerry Seinfeld took a stand against it, surely Silverman would do the same. As a comedian, the “new” rules clearly mean less freedom for her fellow stand-ups.
See that joke? It’s now off limits. Have a nice day!
Only, Silverman appeared comfortable with the current state of affairs as recently as two years ago. Here’s the Hulu talker sharing her views on millennials enacting PC rules with Vanity Fair in 2016: “I think it’s a sign of being old if you’re put off by that … you have to listen to the college-aged because they lead the revolution.”
She even told The Hollywood Reporter she regretted an episode of her short-lived Comedy Central show “The Sarah Silverman Program.” The show in question found her donning blackface while a black co-star dressed up like a stereotypical Jewish man to see whether blacks or Jews suffered more in our society.
She even tweeted a picture of herself from that episode with the message, “I have minstrel cramps.”
“I thought I was talking to fans of my show who had seen the episode, but every once in a while I get someone so hurt and disgusted by that photo, and there is nothing I can do except direct message them and explain the context,” she said.
That was then.
Now, Silverman is watching as fellow lefties like director James Gunn see their gigs vanish due to PC-unfriendly jokes. And she’s apparently scared.
Some very odd people R saying I’m a pedo, re: a joke from a time not that long ago when hard absurd jokes by comedians were acknowledged for what they were — jokes — not a disengenuous national threat to people fake-clutching their pearls (whilst ranting the country’s too PC)
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) July 26, 2018
She just described the PC mindset to a “T.” Easily offended souls dragging comedians without context. Yet now she’s railing against it? What changed?
Does she regret her past respect for pearl-clutching college kids eager to shut down comedians? Is she now aghast at the coloring books “wounded” millennials receive on today’s college campus?
Or does she simply fear her past tweets might come back to haunt her, too?
Either way, let’s celebrate a comedienne finally realizing the error of her ways. Even if it came from a self-defensive posture.