Sarah Silverman is officially ‘done’ with homophobic jokes during her comedy sets.
A TMZ reporter asked her: ‘Do you think comedians should stop telling homophobic jokes in this day and age, even if they’ve done a lot of marriage equality work?’
She responded: ‘Comedians don’t like being told what to do. Anyone should express themselves as they see fit and if there are consequences, that’s part of it.’
It comes about after Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars after previous homophobic tweets came to light.
Then the reporter asked: ‘Nick Cannon brought up your old tweets – are you done saying anything that could be perceived as homophobic?’
Sarah Silverman replied: ‘Yeah, I’m done with that. I think I can find other ways to be funny.’
She then revealed she used to say ‘gay’ all the time because ‘that’s what you say in Boston’. But then she heard herself and realized ‘it was stupid’.
‘I am certainly creative enough to think of other words besides that, that don’t hurt people,’ Sarah Silverman said. ‘But I fuck up all the time.’
Kevin Hart controversy
The Oscars announced Kevin Hart as their 2019 awards show host earlier this month. But soon after the announcement, previous homophobic tweets of his resurfaced online.
He initially rejected calls for him to step down from the hosting gig. He also refused to apologize for the old tweets.
‘I chose to pass on the apology’, Hart said on Instagram, after the Academy allegedly threatened to ‘move on and find another host’.
But just a couple of hours later and after intense social media backlash, he reconsidered this approach.
‘I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s’ Hart wrote in a tweet on Friday (7 December).
He later tweeted, however: ‘I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past’.
He said he did not want to be a ‘distraction’ on the night.
In a separate tweet, he said: ‘I’m sorry that I hurt people’. He thanked the Academy.