Sarah Silverman (Kind Of) Defended Wearing Blackface

Sarah Silverman has officially mastered the "sorry, not sorry" apology. Last night on Watch What Happens Live, Silverman fielded an interesting question: "What is the most regrettable joke you've ever delivered?"

Silverman has been called out on several offensive jokes in the past (including a wage equality video that trivialized trans issues). But to address this viewer's question, she focused on an episode of The Sarah Silverman Program in which she wears blackface. She didn't say she regretted wearing blackface on TV, however, but that she regretted that a still from the episode was put up on Twitter "totally out of context."

Silverman explained that she tweeted out the still "when Twitter was new and the people who followed me watched my show, and it was from that show." She went on to say, "It's totally racist out of context, and I regret that."

Blackface has indeed been employed satirically in recent TV episodes and on film (most notably in 30 Rock and Tropic Thunder). But this could have been an opportunity for Silverman to at least apologize to people who were offended by her "out of context" racism. Whatever her intention, blackface has a horrible history that is very much still relevant today. And the fact remains that the photo still has the power to offend — whether people watch her show or not.

OPENER PHOTO: Michael Buckner/Variety/REX USA.

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