During a recent episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast, Sarah Silverman revealed that she was dismissed from a film project after the producer’s discovered her regrettable “blackface sketch” from 2007. Silverman admitted that hindsight is 20/20; had she known better, the segment would have never aired.
“I recently was going to do a movie, a sweet part,” she said, “then, at 11 pm the night before, they fired me because they saw a picture of me in blackface from that episode.”
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At the time, Silverman didn’t have it in her to plead for her role back, she was disheartened by her actions (in the past). When asked to comment on the controversial sketch by a GQ correspondent, Silverman could not do anything but rebuke her former self. “I’m horrified by it, and I can’t erase it. I can only be changed by it and move on,” she told GQ.
Although Silverman decided to conceal the name of the film production in question, she was, however, willing to touch on the subject of cancel culture, and how it has impacted her life/career. She even went as far as to label the social phenomenon, something she likens to “righteousness porn.” The sketch aired on The Sarah Silverman Program (2017-2010) on Comedy Central.