And in today’s edition of repentant comedians…
Stand-up siren, actress and marijuana enthusiast Sarah Silverman has declared she’s done using the word “gay” as a nasty punchline. The noted comic, originally from Boston, has a long history of using the word in her act (i.e. “that’s so gay”). However, in the wake of the Kevin Hart Oscar debacle, Silverman has promised to use the word in positive contexts.
“Yeah, I’m done with that,” Silverman told TMZ. “I think I can find other ways to be funny. I mean, I used to say ‘gay’ all the time…’oh, that’s so gay.’ We’re from Boston, we’d go, ‘That’s what we say in Boston. I have gay friends. I just say gay.’
And then I heard myself and I realized I was like the guy who said ‘What? I say colored…I have colored friends.’ And I realized it was stupid and I’m certainly creative enough to think of other words besides that, that don’t hurt people. But I f**k up all the time.”
Silverman has apologized for insensitivity in the past, and long acted as an outspoken advocate for equality in the USA and abroad. Her TV series The Sarah Silverman Program earned a GLAAD Media Award nomination in 2008 for its depiction of a happy same-sex couple.
The recent debate over her use of the word “gay” comes after actor Nick Cannon brought to light Silverman’s history (among that of other comics) as a means of defending Kevin Hart for using homophobic slurs on Twitter and in his own comedy.
Silverman has been suggested as a possible replacement, but no decision has been made.