Sarah Silverman: “It Wasn’t Funny For Me To Talk So Casually About Abortion”
10:15 am, April 18th | by Laura Donovan
Considering some recent instances of public outrage getting blown out of proportion and turned into gladiator-esque spectacles, it comes as no surprise that comedian Sarah Silverman would bow her head and say sorry about a recent abortion “joke” she made that caused a stir.
Last week, the “School of Rock” actress tweeted a poorly received gag photo, which she sarcastically joked was a picture of herself “before and after” an abortion. Silverman apologized via Twitter last night but added that she wasn’t kidding when she said Roe vs. Wade could be overturned if women’s health issues continue to face threats, “It wasn’t funny for me to talk so casually about abortion. But when they take our right to choose away it will be HILARIOUS!”
The joke was twisted, even for a non-PC lady like Silverman, but like other things that happened last week, the explosion of anger over what she said got way out of hand. As Howard Kurtz put it yesterday, our culture of perpetual outrage is becoming a little embarrassing, and the more we constantly shame people into apologizing for every silly comment they make, the more watered down our national dialogue is going to become.