Comedian Sarah Silverman told TMZ that
she's done using the word “gay” in her comedy.
The 48-year-old Silverman is a strong
supporter of LGBT rights. But she's also faced criticism for using
the term in her comedy.
Silverman says gay marriage foes should apologize.)
“Are you done saying anything that
could be perceived as homophobic?” TMZ asked.
“Yeah, I'm done with that,”
Silverman replied. “I think I can find other ways to be funny. I
used to say gay all the time. Oh, that's so gay. We're from Boston.
That's what we say in Boston. I have gay friends. I just say gay.”
“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,” she added.
Last week, as Kevin Hart faced a
backlash for using the word “fag” in old tweets, musician and
actor Nick Cannon questioned why other comics who used the word had
not faced a similar fate. Cannon used Silverman, Amy Schumer and
Chelsea Handler – three white women – as examples.
Hart withdraws as Oscar host after furor over homophobic tweets.)