Last week, Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars when his homophobic Twitter history resurfaced. His bestie, Nick Cannon, sprung to his defense by bringing up old tweets from female comedians Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer, and Chelsea Handler that he felt also used homophobic language. Where’s the outrage for THEM, he wondered.
Now Silverman has come forward to say she understands how problematic those jokes were and vows to change.
“I’m done with that,” Silverman told TMZ Thursday night when asked about making future jokes that could be perceived as homophobic. “I think I can find other ways to be funny.”
“I used to say ‘gay’ all the time,” Silverman continued. “’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 says, ’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 fuck up all the time.”
Silverman made similar comments earlier this month in an interview with the Guardian.
“Certainly stuff that I did 10 or 15 years ago, I cringe at now,” she said of her problematic past material. “All I can do is learn from it, be changed forever by it, and do what I can to make it right going forward.”
(via NewNowNext; photo: Avalon)