Much like her ex-boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman has grown a lot since she first jumped in the Hollywood scene. Kimmel had his controversial ‘The Man Show‘ on Comedy Central back in the early 2000s, which featured pranks that wouldn’t see the light of day now.
And Silverman had her own sketch show, The Sarah Silverman Program, which was also on Comedy Central. And just like The Man Show, the Sarah Silverman program featured a few controversial sketches, including one sketch where Silverman wore blackface make-up.
The episode, which was intended to examine racism from the point of view of Silverman’s eponymous character, features the comedian saying: ‘I look like the beautiful Queen Latifah,’ and telling the congregation at an African-American church: ‘I’m black today.’
Obviously, Silverman no longer stands by the sketch. During an interview last year with GQ, Silverman said…
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. That was such liberal-bubble stuff, where I actually thought it was dealing with racism by using racism. I don’t get joy in that anymore. It makes me feel yucky.
And unfortunately for Silverman, that sketch is still following her around today. During a recent appearance on The Bill Simmons Podcast, Silverman explained she was recently fired from a movie because of the sketch…
I recently was going to do a movie … a really sweet part and a cool little movie. Then at 11 p.m. the night before, they fired me because they saw that picture of me in blackface from that episode. So they hired someone else who’s wonderful but who’s never stuck her neck out.
It was so disheartening, it just made me real, real sad because I’ve kind of devoted my life to making it right.
It’s rough, but these are times we are living in. One tweet, one photo, one quote can ruin your career. It doesn’t matter if it was posted one day ago or twenty years ago. If you’re on the verge of becoming famous…DELETE THOSE TWEETS NOW BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!