- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Comedian Sarah Silverman said there were years where she utilized an unspoken rule within the entertainment industry that “we’re liberal, so we can say anything.”

The “I Love You America” host made the comments during a recent SmartLess podcast.

“It’s seems like you get away with a lot of stuff because you’re so f—-ing funny,” co-host Sean Hayes said. “But some of it’s pretty dark.

The comedian told Mr. Hayes and fellow co-hosts Jason Bateman and Will Arnett that her outspoken liberal politics shielded from criticism and telegraphed her true motivations behind jokes.

“I think it’s the intention behind it,” Ms. Silverman, Mediaite reported Tuesday. “Especially back then, I always said the opposite of what I thought and that was the joke kind of, but hopefully the truth transcends that I don’t really feel this way.

“That comedy I did, you’re right, it was like, ‘Oh it’s OK because you know I don’t mean it,” she added. “But then it also is kind of like, ‘We’re liberal, so we can say anything. We can say the words that are un-sayable. You know I don’t mean it, so I can say it.’ There is kind of a liberal douchiness about it in retrospect. It’s a weird balance.”

Mr. Arnett concurred while saying that racist Americans in 2020 make utilizing the unspoken rule a risky decision.

“I think you’re right,” he said. “I was thinking about that other day, which is like, what’s been gone is things have gotten so serious because everybody who’s not liberal is so serious and so dark and so real about their negativity or hate or racism or whatever it is that’s taken all of that away. You’re like, ‘I don’t even want to joke anything, a lot of things that are rough or maybe pushing boundaries because you feel like, ‘I don’t want it to be taken the wrong way because there are so many people who mean it.’”

Ms. Silverman punctuated the topic by noting criticism she’s received in Spanish to avoid politics.

“I saw like a comment in Spanish of something that I wrote and I go, ‘I have a fan that’s Spanish! Then I press translate and it was just, ‘Why don’t you stick to comedy? Leave politics out of it.’ I was like, ‘Uh.’”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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