Sarah Silverman’s Down With AIDS

Is Sarah Silverman back up to her old, offensively funny tricks? The comedienne allegedly composed and dedicated some tunes for World AIDS Day, the international celebration of the ugly plague. Here’s a sample:

I’m not black
I’m not gay
And Africa is so far away
But what’s one more December holiday?
Happy AIDS Day anyway

Totally sick, totally demented and totally something Sarah Silverman would – thankfully! – sing.

There is, however some debate over whether this insensitive insanity actually came from Silverman. Copyranter‘s source claimed that Silverman penned this jam for her Gap (Red) Campaign, which raises AIDS awareness. That’s fishy, because obviously the Gap would never in a jillion billion years play this song. The incongruity of the story, however, doesn’t necessarily mean Silverman didn’t write it. And if she did not pen this piece of brilliance, we’d love to meet the man or women who did, because they deserve a prize – we’ve yet to decide what exactly, maybe AIDS?


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  • Bryan

    I love this girl. I think she’s hilarious, and very of the moment when so many comedians are just not funny. She’s shocking, fearless and in-your face. She makes people say time and again “Did she REALLY just say that?!?!”

  • hells kitchen guy

    She’s become the Ann Coulter of the Left.

  • leomoore

    It’s irony. People just have no sense of the ironic or satirical.

    From the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

    1: a pretense of ignorance and of willingness to learn from another assumed in order to make the other’s false conceptions conspicuous by adroit questioning —called also Socratic irony
    2 a: the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning b: a usually humorous or sardonic literary style or form characterized by irony c: an ironic expression or utterance
    3 a (1): incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result (2): an event or result marked by such incongruity b: incongruity between a situation developed in a drama and the accompanying words or actions that is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play —called also dramatic irony tragic irony

  • afrolito

    This chick is not funny at all, but it’s no surprise to me that her mean spirited “humor” has been embraced by non pc white(gay) men.

  • leomoore

    Racism isn’t the sole province of non-pc white (gay) men as evidenced by your post. African-Americans survived slavery, Jim Crow, and self-styled preachers with a strong sense of irony and an ability to use humour to highlight injustice. Alas, that seems to have been lost in the current era and mores the pity. Ironic humour helped Jews survive in darkest times even under Nazi rule. Some of the best ironic humour came from Russians trying to outlive the misery of communism.

  • hells kitchen guy

    thanks for the etymology lessson, leomoore, but this just doesn’t work on any level – include satire or irony. and when something like this doesn’t work, it’s just offensive. Or worse, boring.

  • Charles

    Thanks, comedy historian!

    Yeah, and it’s like slavery or the Holocaust for gay men in urban centers right now, so they *need* Sarah Silverman to speak up for them (that was sarcasm, just so you know). And in the cases you cited, the oppressed groups were making the jokes among themselves about their own situation. I dont think Sarah Silverman is gay or has AIDS-and this is from someone who likes edgy humor (Chappelle, Pryor) but she seems like she is just awful and unfunny

  • ggreen

    Sarah Silverman is beloved by the GWT movement (Gay White Trash) because she speaks for them and doesn’t broadcast the “her being Jewish” thing. The Gay White Trash are sick to death of AIDS and AIDS charities because they’ve got the double wide with flat screen and Box-O-Wine so fuck everyone else.

  • Jon

    afrolito: A gay black man here. I’m not sure where race even comes into this issue. Sarah Silverman is fucking mad funny. I suggest you get a sense of humor.

  • WWH

    Nose job.

  • Kyle

    I’m sorry, this is an issue why?

    This is absolutely wonderful irony, a really insightful satire of middle America’s ignorance.

    How could anyone with an I.Q. above thirty miss that?

  • Brian

    In response to ggreen-
    If you really think that Sarah Silverman “doesn’t broadcast the ‘her being Jewish’ thing,” you need to go watch her stand-up entitled “Jesus is Magic”.

    And Charles, since when does someone have to have AIDS in order to comment on the apathy of others towards the disease?

  • hells kitchen guy

    I’m not saying AIDS can’t be funny. Check out the song in the brilliant Team America movie. There’s a “rent” satire with a brilliant AIDS song.

    Just that this bitch isn’t funny. she thinks offensive is funny without the funny.

  • Gregg

    I love me SS

  • matt123

    This is absolutely wonderful irony, a really insightful satire of middle America’s ignorance.

  • SeaFlood

    Jon, I am Black, too… and if you haven’t heard her race “comedy” — you need to stfu.

    People… she SUCKS! She is SO BAD!!!

    Irony… my B/black ass folks!

  • tallfreak

    For the record, Sarah did not write this song.

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