Sarah Silverman recently raised questions about cancel culture on "The Bill Simmons Podcast" while talking about how she was recently fired from a movie for appearing in blackface during a 2007 sketch on her Comedy Central show, "The Sarah Silverman Program."

"I recently was going to do a movie ... a really sweet part and a cool little movie," Silverman said. "Then at 11 p.m. the night before, they fired me because they saw that picture of me in blackface from that episode."

In the sketch in question, Silverman wears blackface to see if it's more difficult to be black or Jewish. Silverman has since tried to distance herself from the sketch before. "I don't stand by the blackface sketch. I'm horrified by it, and I can't erase it. I can only be changed by it and move on," she told GQ last year. "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." Regardless, Silverman ultimately got canned for it.

Keep Reading Show less
Culture

Image via Chokal-Ingam's website, Almost Black.

On a list of things you should never, ever do, pretending to be a black person to get into college ranks pretty high on the list. Mindy Kaling’s brother, Vijay Chokal-Ingam, who appears to have no notable credit to his name besides being Mindy Kaling’s brother, did exactly that, and in a dubious effort to discredit affirmative action programs, he’s going to write about it in his forthcoming book, Almost Black (or, as I will heretofore refer to it, Academic Blackface).

Keep Reading Show less
Articles

A Culture, Not a Costume: Remember to Avoid Blackface This Halloween

A new awareness campaign out of Ohio University seeks to eliminate the racism that often taints Halloween.


You may remember the above photo from the now infamous "gangsta" party held by students at Clemson University in 2007. Some of the party's female attendees stuffed their pants to give themselves exaggerated butts and, as you can see in this picture, at least one man in attendance went in blackface (though that's probably more accurately called "black body"). Inevitably, pictures went viral via Facebook, and civil rights groups quickly condemned the party, much to the surprise of the students who organized it—they claimed they had no idea it would be offensive.

Halloween is just around the corner, and next weekend is bound to be glutted with costume parties of all kinds, not to mention costume ideas of all kinds. Ryan Gosling's character from Drive might be a tempting getup. If you're a woman, maybe you'd like to go as Hillary Clinton. But whatever you do, do not go in blackface (or brownface, or yellowface, etc.).

Keep Reading Show less
Articles