- The Washington Times - Monday, August 12, 2019

Liberal comedian Sarah Silverman revealed in a new interview that she was recently fired from a movie for a resurfaced picture of her wearing blackface, and that while she “didn’t fight” the firing, she can’t help but be “terrified” by the left’s embrace of cancel culture.

Speaking Thursday on “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” Ms. Silverman said a 2007 appearance of her in blackface on Comedy Central’s “The Sarah Silverman Program” came back to haunt her on a recent movie, where she was fired the night before shooting for a role that was later given to someone who never took any chances in comedy, she said.

“They hired someone else who is wonderful but who has never stuck their neck out,” Ms. Silverman said, The Hollywood Reporter reported. “It was so disheartening. It just made me real, real sad, because I really kind of devoted my life to making it right.”

Ms. Silverman, who said she has repeatedly apologized for the blackface incident over the years, was asked by Mr. Simmons to weigh in on cancel culture and how celebrities now face social media-driven boycotts over mistakes from their past.

“I think it’s really scary, and it’s a very odd thing that it’s invaded the left primarily, and then the right will mimic it,” the comedian responded. “I call it righteousness porn, where 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.

“If I look back on my old self and don’t cringe, there’s something wrong,” she said. “Because if you’re putting yourself out there, it’s not going to be timeless.”  

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