Sarah Silverman has vowed to stop using homophobic slurs in her comedy skits in the wake of the Kevin Hart controversy.
The Jumanji actor stepped down as host of next years Oscars after a string of allegedly homophobic tweets of his from 2009-2010 resurfaced.
It caused a score of other high-profile comedians to have their social media profiles looked over with a fine tooth-comb, with a past post of Sarahs emerging in which she called the new Bachelorette a f*****.
However, according to TMZ, the 48-year-old comic has learned from her mistakes and will be making a conscious effort to use other language in the future.
Asked if she would use words like that again, she told the publication: Im done with that.
I think I can find other ways to be funny. I used to say gay all the time – “Oh thats so gay.” Cause were from Boston. Wed go, “Thats what you say in Boston. I have gay friends, I just say gay.”
And then I heard myself and realised… it was stupid. And Im certainly creative enough to think of other words besides that that dont hurt people.
The I Smile Back star refused to be drawn on Kevins situation itself – nor Nick Cannon, who uncovered and retweeted Sarahs offending tweet in the first place – but admitted it was important for comedians to own up to their mistakes when they made them.
Comedians dont like to be told what to do. Anyone should express themselves as they see fit. And if there are consequences, thats part of it. I fuck up all the time, she added.
Sarahs comments come after she addressed the backlash to her words on Twitter by sharing a lengthy thread posted by LGBTQ and womens rights advocate Greg Hogben, who suggested her comments on gay culture werent homophobic.
Theres been a trend of LGBT allies being accused of homophobia recently, Greg wrote.
The thing is, a lot of gay guys didnt take offence to these comments, because we didnt feel the violence or malicious intent behind it. Because we knew they were jokes. Because we knew these people were LGBT allies.
He added that he and others in the gay community had actually PAID to see comediennes like Joan Rivers or Lisa Lampanelli make jokes that involved gay men. And we laughed at them, because we knew they were jokes – though he maintained that Kevins comments were offensive.
Amy Schumer and Chelsea Handler also came under fire via Nick Cannon after the rapper set about defending pal Kevin by proving other comics had also used homophobic language – but hadnt been vilified in the same way.
Quoting one of Chelseas tweets from 2010 – which read: This is what a f** bird likes like when he flexes – Nick added: Interesting. I wonder if there was any backlash here…
The 38-year-old also dug up an old tweet of Amys which read: Enjoy skyfall f**s. Im bout to get knee deep in Helen Hunt #thesessions.
Im just saying… should we keep going??? Nick asked.
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