Sarah Silverman: comic genius or Ann Coulter clone?


In the spirit of full disclosure:

I love Sarah


She’s hot, she’s brilliant

and she makes me laugh — even when I feel a tinge of guilt about it.

Take this season’s first

episode of The

Sarah Silverman Program

In the first few minutes, she meets

two women she mistakes for “angry lesbians.” When the women explain

they have husbands, Sarah responds, “Oh. Were you styled by angry


That was my first of many

giggles during the show.

But not everyone appreciates

scenes like this one near the end of the episode, in which Sarah wistfully

recalls her three abortions.

Is Silverman saying that

abortion is funny, or is she making fun of women who have abortions? Of course

not. As a recent article in The Nation points out, “she’s making fun of the ridiculous image Operation Rescue has of the prochoice movement.” Via the

absurd reminiscence of a woman who loves abortion, the scene brilliantly cuts through the rhetoric of anti-abortion

groups who insist on focusing on abortion instead of choice. Satire, people.

What happens if you just

don’t get it? Like this post from Snarkmarket, you end up comparing

Silverman to Ann

. Seriously.

“Sarah Silverman and Ann

Coulter share an obvious similarity: they each make a rather nice living

saying things that would be unspeakable if they were not attractive

Caucasian women, veiling their statements beneath a gossamer cloak of

irony. I’m kind of tying my brain in knots trying to figure out whether

they don’t actually share the exact same appeal for our culture.”

Huh? Satire and bigotry are

the same? The internets are nothing if not educational. (And, as fellow

blogger Jamie Lynn noted, Silverman will be glad to learn she’s an

“attractive Caucasian woman.”)

But even some Silverman fans

think she’s gone too far recently. The aformentioned Nation piece goes on to say that the abortion scene is “so flip … it actually feels dangerous, not provocative.” Many commenters say that with the abortion episode, as well as her jokes about Paris Hilton and Britney

, Silverman has crossed the line.

I’ve already revealed my

bias. And in last week’s interview with Terry

on NPR’s Fresh Air, Silverman won my heart forever.

Gross — a huge fan — asked her about having the word “vagina”

in every episode. Silverman replied, “It’s like the mouse in Goodnight Moon — it’s on every page.” Goodnight,


Does Sarah Silverman have

your heart? Or has she crossed the line from ironic to just plain mean?

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