Ghosts of the past made Sarah Silverman lose the movie role. Her blackface photo which was taken during the shooting of "The Sarah Silverman Show" in 2007 has reappeared and caught that attention of film's producers.
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As she explained on "The Bill Simmons Podcast," she had a role which she described as "sweet." But, the night before filming, she received a call from producers who told her that she is fired because of the blackface picture.
Silverman said that she didn't even try to find excuses and that someone else took her place. She finds this upsetting and claims that she devoted her time and efforts to promote human rights. The comedian didn't name either the movie she was fired from or the actor who was her replacement.
However, she did tell that the actor or actress is someone "wonderful," but also a person that hasn't done much to help the society.
In the sketch that got her fired, Silverman is wearing dark face to check is it harder to be Jewish or black. She compared herself to Queen Latifah and told the group of people at the African-American church that she is black for the day.
The photo can be seen here, in this tweet.
Silverman also explained how horrific is today's "cancel culture" because people are shamed, and no one is offering them a second chance. She feels that a lot of people are waiting for anyone to make a single mistake to cast the first stone and ruin lives and careers.
The comedian also reminded everyone that she publicly spoke about the blackface sketch and regretted doing it. The idea was to fight racism by using racism, but now she thinks that was wrong, even though she had good intentions.
In her interview for GQ, the star also claimed that she is a different person now.
As quoted from an article in THR, Silverman said:
"I recently was going to do a movie, a sweet part, then at 11 p.m. the night before they fired me because they saw a picture of me in blackface from that episode. I didn't fight it," Silverman shared with Simmons. She said that though she understood, she's not that person anymore: "They hired someone else who is wonderful but who has never stuck their neck out. It was so disheartening. It just made me real real sad, because I really kind of devoted my life to making it right."