Blackface Sketch and Cancel Culture Got Sarah Silverman Fired From a Movie

Sarah Silverman said she was fired from a movie the night before filming her scenes after producers discovered she had done blackface.

Silverman told Bill Simmons on his podcast that it was a “sweet part” and that she was fired at 11pm the night before she was due to show up on set after producers saw a still of her in blackface. The image was taken from a sketch she had done for The Sarah Silverman Show in 2007, and currently exists- out of context- on Twitter. The image is making the rounds again today after the revelation.

“I didn’t fight it,” Silverman told Simmons, and admits it was disheartening. “It just made me real, real sad, because I really kind of devoted my life to making it right.”

Silverman isn’t defending blackface. She’s fiercely progressive, and even though the sketch was never meant to be insulting, she said she cringes sometimes at material she did over a decade ago. But she finds cancel culture to be scary. She calls the culture 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.’”

She declined to name the film.

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