"I didn't fight it," Silverman explained. "It was so disheartening."
Sarah Silverman has revealed she was recently fired from a movie after producers learned of a photo of her wearing blackface for a comedy sketch in 2007.
While appearing on "The Bill Simmons Podcast" last week, the comedian recalled being let go the night before shooting was supposed to begin because of the image, which was taken from "The Sarah Silverman Show."
The particular episode of the comedy sketch series, which ran from 2007 to 2010 and featured a fictionalized version of Silverman, included the actress in blackface commenting on racism.
"I recently was going to do a movie, a sweet part," Silverman began. "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," she continued. "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."
After looking back at the blackface episode, which Silverman said reflected her comedy style at the time, the "I Love You America" star expressed how she has repeatedly condemned her own sketch in the years since -- recognizing how inappropriate it was.
"It's OK to go, 'wow, look at this back then: that was so f--ked up looking at it in light of today, of what we know,'" she said. "But to hold that person accountable if they've changed with the times -- I'm not saying don't hold me accountable -- but I held myself accountable. I can't erase that I did that, I can only be changed forever and do what I can to make it right for the rest of my life."
Although the "Wreck-It Ralph" star neither named the film nor offered any details, she spoke in-depth about "cancel culture."
"I think it's really scary and it's a very odd thing that it's invaded the left primarily and the right will mimic it," Silverman said, adding that she calls it "righteousness porn."
"It's like, if you're not on board if you say the wrong thing, if you had a tweet once, everyone is, like, throwing the first stone,” she continued. "It's so odd. It's a perversion. It's really, 'Look how righteous I am and now I'm going to press refresh all day long to see how many likes I get in my righteousness.'"
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