Sarah Silverman Crtizised After 2009 Tweet Resurfaces

Celebs July 31, 2018 By Hugo

The American comic Sarah Silverman has attracted criticism from Twitter users after a controversial tweet from 2009 resurfaced.

The previously unearthed tweet read: "Hey, is it considered molestation if the child makes the first move? I'm gonna need a quick answer on this."

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Since a user dug up the old tweet, many took umbrage with the crass, insensitive joke, while others went as far as calling the famed comedian a 'paedophile'.

Shortly after the negative backlash, Silverman responded and blamed the sensitive environment for not accepting a joke and taking it for what it is.

"Some very odd people R saying I'm a pedo," the tweet read, "re: a joke from a time not that long ago when hard absurd jokes by comedians were acknowledged for what they were - jokes - not a disengenuous national threat to people fake-clutching their pearls (whilst ranting the country's too PC)."

However, while many were quick to defend Silverman, others took a more measured approach. One user tweeted that the tweet was "not a joking matter" while another user wrote, "Clearly nothing funny about that tweet. No way you say it, spin it or twist it, the fact remains it was tasteless and a head-turner."

Of course, comedians courting controversy is nothing new. After all, comedy is as much about shock value as it is about making people laugh, so Silverman and comics like her probably see it as their duty to push the bounds of what is deemed acceptable and what isn't.

While not a comedian himself, Silverman's criticism comes shortly after the Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was removed from working on the sequel following a string of bizarre rape jokes posted on his Twitter account.

"My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative," Gunn wrote in a statement.

"I have regretted them for many years since - not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don't reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.

"Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then.

In the past, I have apologized for humor of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies.

"All I can do now, beyond my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse.

What are your thoughts on Silverman's actions, and indeed, Gunn's? Should comedy know no bounds? Or are there topics that shouldn't be touched, no matter how funny the comedians think they are?

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