Sarah Silverman did a blackface skit at one time — but did it get her ostracized from Hollywood?

Sarah Silverman did a blackface skit at one time — but did it get her ostracized from Hollywood?
Sarah Silverman did a blackface skit at one time — but did it get her ostracized from Hollywood? (Image source: Comedy Central video screenshot)

Can you picture the left doing its best at this very moment to explain away, justify, or just flat out ignore blackface skits by celebrity darlings such as Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon in the wake of Megyn Kelly’s blackface comment that got her fired from NBC?

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Not to stoke the fires of hypocrisy too much, but here are two other logs left-wingers can try to remove from their eyes.

Sarah Silverman

Comedian Sarah Silverman — known far and wide for her bevy of controversial statements, mostly directed at conservatives of different stripes — did the unthinkable years back when she put on blackface for her TV program. She has since regretted the move.

“I don’t stand by the blackface sketch,” she told GQ a few months back. “I’m horrified by it, and I can’t erase it. I can only be changed by it and move on.”

When the magazine asked if she was aware at the time that it was fun to get away with a lot of the jokes she performed, Silverman provided a telling response.

“I was praised for it! It made me famous! It was like, I’m playing a character, and I know this is wrong, so I can say it. I’m clearly liberal. 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,” she told GQ. “All I can say is that I’m not that person anymore.”

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OK, fair enough. But who wants to bet Silverman never will be held to account in the same way Kelly, another white woman, has been punished?

To be fair, at least one woman had words for Silverman in the video below. But there’s no evidence blowback from writer and commentator Crissle affected Silverman’s ability to earn a paycheck to any degree. (Content warning: language):

Fred Armisen

Comedian Fred Armisen was known for portraying President Barack Obama on “Saturday Night Live” and having his face darkened for the skits.

“There’s shading on my eyebrows and plastic behind my ears. And there’s a little bit of something called Honey, a honey color, that is something I would wear when I play Prince,” he told New York Magazine’s Intelligencer.

“I know [blackface is] not very politically correct these days, but I think I will have to if I am to do Obama,” Armisen noted to the Sunday Telegraph about his portrayal.

Newsday said Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune called Armisen’s Obama impression “inexplicable” while the Guardian’s Hannah Pool declared that it carried “minstrel” implications.

Anyone catch Armisen apologizing behind a podium lately? No?