Did Sarah Silverman go too far with abortion satire on Twitter?

By | April 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm | 13 comments | feature slider, News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , ,

You may have heard Sarah Silverman has once again come under fire– this time for a pair of tweets some people are calling a cry for attention, while others have celebrated as a poignant political statement. The outspoken comedian tweeted a photo of herself, exposing her belly, extended, with help from some food and no doubt, Sarah physically pushing it out, herself. The text accompanying the photo: “It’s a burrito!” A few hours later, she posted the original photo, along with an “after” shot, with the text, “Got a quickie aborsh in case R v W gets overturned.”

Her photographic statement comes in the wake of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney promising, if elected, to overturn Roe Vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. And now, some media outlets surmise that Silverman’s actions could have serious consequences for her professional career; her pilot, Susan 313 has yet to be placed on NBC’s fall line up.

After the pair of tweets had time to circulate and gain some attention, Silverman followed up this week: “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 government should STAY OUT of our PRIVATE LIVES except when it comes to who we marry & what we do w our uteruses!!”

What many followers seem to be missing is the concept of satire. No, abortion in itself is not funny, but that’s not what Silverman is suggesting. The Hollywood Reporter writes, “…the gag has brought attention to the presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s intentions to overturn the 1973 case…” Exactly! Silverman’s burrito joke implies this ridiculous notion that if Roe V. Wade wasn’t actually overturned, women would be lined up in depression-era-like breadlines at clinics across the country. It’s an absurd comparison, and Silverman knows it. I hope NBC will realize this hate storm is ill-founded, and simply accept Silverman as she is. This should have nothing at all to do with whether her show gets the greenlight.

What do you think? Did Silverman go too far on Twitter? Should NBC reconsider working with Silverman because of her political views and they way in which she expresses them? Sound off in the comments section.

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  • Keilo

    what shit journalism this is. this is a comedy site and thats the headline of the article, brilliant. News like this is exactly how the controversies always start, its disgusting that a comedy news website is no different than any other news these days, naive me thought you just always supported the comics, cause thats what you love! Dylan Gadino is cool and all, but this Samantha Simon person seems to be a totally unfunny twat. You take women back 50 years. Oh yeah, and I also enjoy talking about Samanthas mom. Fuck her and her retard making cunt. And thats not a personal attack, im just basing this on the facts that i can confirm and that is called SCIENCE, bitch.

    • Casual Kyle

      Bad troll is bad, couldn’t get a date to senior prom because of the acne flare-ups?

  • http://twitter.com/Cliffalus Clifford Myers

    Gutsy joke. 

  • http://twitter.com/Cliffalus Clifford Myers

    Gutsy joke. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/heyapathy Alexandra Lawson

    Hilarious.  Love her.

  • jenpm

    Hilarious!  My mom thought it was funny, too.

  • Chrissmith

    Here’s a suggestion…worry the fuck about yourself.  Everyone is always worried about what celebrities are doing.  The same people bitching are more than likely neglecting the very kid they are so proud they didn’t abort.  There’s a difference between being right and righteous…

    • Regwdepuy

      There have to be bigger problems. Commenters should just comment about things that are really important, not just rant haphazardly at the first things that bothers them.

  • Tammy Allen

    GO Sarah! Like Katnis hitting the apple in the pigs mouth. Sorry for the Hunger Games. It just came to mind.

  • Larry

    Well zero shows have been placed on the fall lineup.

    • anonymous

      wrong. two shows have: “Go On,” with Matthew Perry and “Hannibal with Hugh Dancy.”

      • Larry

        well, hannibal’s contract was for a straight to series pickup and the perry one was picked up about an hour ago. so yes you are kind of right.

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