Comedian Sarah Silverman’s old Blackface skit is still costing her jobs. The comedy vet revealed that she was recently fired from a movie for her old insensitive joke.
It was a 2007 episode of Sarah Silverman’s sketch comedy show on Comedy Central that is still bringing her backlash in 2019. While appearing on “The Bill Simmons Podcast”, the comedian revealed that she got booted from an upcoming film due to her old blackface skit.
“I recently was going to do two days on a movie, a sweet part in a cool little movie, then at 11 p.m. the night before they fired me because they saw a picture of me in blackface from that episode,” she said in the interview, posted Aug. 8.
The comedian added,
“I’m not that person anymore” and added, “I understand that it’s never OK.”
In the old sketch, Silverman wears blackface after arguing with a Black person about whether it’s “harder” to be Jewish or Black.
When explaining how she was recently fired from a movie, Silverman said the filmmakers hired someone else, who is “wonderful” and someone “who has never stuck their neck out.”
“It was so disheartening,” she added. “It just made me real, real sad because I’ve really kind of devoted my life to making it right.”
Last year, Silverman expressed her regret for the old comedy skit in a 2018 GQ profile.
“I don’t stand by the blackface sketch. I’m horrified by it, and I can’t erase it,” she said. “I can only be changed by it and move on.”
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