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Sarah Silverman Was Sacked From A Film Because Of Blackface Sketch

Sarah Silverman Was Sacked From A Film Because Of Blackface Sketch

Sarah Silverman has said she was once fired from a movie after producers saw photographs of her in 'blackface'.

The images came from a sketch she had done for The Sarah Silverman Show back in 2007, but she says she no longer stands by them.

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Speaking on The Bill Simmonds Podcast, the 48-year-old said she was given the boot the night before she was set to start shooting on a movie recently. But she said she didn't try and persuade them to keep her.

She said: "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.

"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."

The comedian was kicked off a movie after producers saw her blackface sketch. Credit: Comedy Central
The comedian was kicked off a movie after producers saw her blackface sketch. Credit: Comedy Central

She also went on to discuss the recent phenomenon of 'cancel culture' and said it's a scary time to be a comedian these days as everyone is looking to trip each other up for things they may have said or written years earlier.

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Silverman labelled it 'righteousness porn'.

She said: "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.

"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 says she's no longer that comedian and doesn't stand by the sketch. Credit: PA
She says she's no longer that comedian and doesn't stand by the sketch. Credit: PA

"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'."

This isn't the first time the comedian has addressed the controversial episode.

Speaking to GQ in 2018, Silverman said she no long stood by the sketch and that she was horrified every time she sees it.

She explained: "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.

"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."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Interesting, US News, US Entertainment

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

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