Silverman described the climate in Hollywood as “righteousness porn.”
Liberal comedian Sarah Silverman said on “The Bill Simmons Podcast” she recently lost a role in a movie after the filmmakers discovered a picture of her in blackface from 2007. From The Hollywood Reporter:
“I recently was going to do a movie, a sweet part, then at 11 p.m. the night before they fired me because they saw a picture of me in blackface from that episode. I didn’t fight it,” Silverman shared with Simmons. She said that though she understood, she’s not that person anymore: “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.”
Silverman is no stranger to being outspoken, and she and Simmons discussed how the “canceled culture” has caused comedy to become a “dangerous place” for those who have made many mistakes in their past.
“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,” Silverman said, further arguing that she considers the current climate to be “righteousness porn.”
She added: “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. 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.'”
I agree with Sarah. The outrage culture numbs my brain because people on both sides view it as a way to take down people they do not like.
People make mistakes. People can change. If they genuinely do then they deserve a second chance. Silverman does not think everyone deserves a second chance:
“As I draw lines in the sand — and I wish for other people on the left to do this too — you have to ask yourself, ‘Would I want this person to be changed, or do I secretly want them to stay what I deem as wrong, so I can point to … myself as right?” she said. “There’s so much to be genuinely outraged by, but you have to say, ‘Is the action I’m taking here creating change or creating further division?’ ”
Every person deserves a chance to change and better themselves. They deserve another chance and not have their lives destroyed by a past mistake no matter how they lean on the political spectrum.
However, hypocrisy lands everywhere, including in “canceled culture.” If past actions destroy one person’s life, but not another, then what is the point? Silverman lost a movie role that sounded prominent and one that could boost her career over an old photo.
Yet Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam remains in office. Northam admitted he appeared in a photo that shows one man in blackface and the other in a KKK outfit from his college yearbook.
Then he said one of the men in the photo is not him, but admitted he wore blackface in another incident. Northam held an awkward press conference with his wife where he insisted he would not resign from his post despite pressure from fellow Democrats.
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