Sarah Silverman Tweets Abortion Joke, Stirs The Twitter Pot

    April 16, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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Sarah Silverman making edgy jokes is like Tim Tebow praying on the field at an NFL game. You might not agree with it, you might think that it’s an over the top display, but you can’t really be surprised when it happens.

Okay, so why the Tim Tebow comparison? Maybe I just have Tebow on the brain – or maybe it’s because Tebow’s been so outspoken on the topic of this Sarah Silverman controversy – abortion.

Abortion. I know, it’s such a controversial topic. If you’re not a part of one of the ends of the spectrum (diehard pro-choice or diehard pro-life), it’s often an area of conversation that you simply avoid out of fear of confrontation and want of pleasantry. But almost 40 years after the landmark Roe V. Wade decision, it’s still a hot-button issue in today’s politics (especially after people like Rick Santorum brought it back to the forefront).

Now back to Sarah Silverman. Over the weekend, she made an abortion joke with a couple of tweets. First, she tweeted a pic of herself with a protruding stomach with the words “It’s a burrito!” About five minutes later, she tweeted the following photo, saying “Got a quickie aborsh in case R v W gets overturned.”

Got a quickie aborsh in case R v W gets overturned http://t.co/HprNm8UO(image) 4 days ago via WhoSay ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto


And, ignite the firestorm. Some tweets directed at Silverman:

Hey @SarahKSilverman when u gonna grow up? NOT FUNNY! http://t.co/2ATcyUBr(image) 39 minutes ago via Safari on iOS ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@tmhco Sickening people like @SarahKSilverman think abortion is something to joke about & make fun of under the (cont) http://t.co/oTsAb66g(image) 47 minutes ago via TwitLonger Beta ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@SarahKSilverman your latest joke was tasteless and insensitive. Abortion is not something you should be laughing about #shameonyou #sad(image) 1 hour ago via Echofon ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

There are plenty more like that. To be fair, plenty of people on Twitter thought it was funny as well. Thus is the nature of most comedy – funny to some, not funny to others.

Some sites bashed Silverman for the joke: FOX News Nation called it a “sick Sarah Silverman Abortion Hoax” and said that she “joined America’s current War on Women” with the tweet. Conservative news aggregation site The Drudge Report ran the headline “Sarah Silverman tweets ‘before-and-after abortion’ photos” (no mention of a joke).

Was it a political statement? Yeah, kind of. A typical Sarah Silverman joke? Absolutely. A publicity grab (she’s got a new show on the way)? Probably. But was it funny? That’s for you to decide.

Pushing envelopes is nothing new for comedians, especially Silverman. And they should. As Louis C.K. said when defending Tracy Morgan when he got himself in a sticky situation, “If every word a person says has to be right and balanced and fair, I will jump off a tall thing onto a hard place.”

  • Bob Jones

    Sarah Silverman did an entire episode of her sitcom about abortion. So what she tweeted is no surprise. She has always had a reputation for sometimes crossing the line. People need to shut the f++k up and get a life.

  • Jerry

    It’s easy to understand why no one was laughing at her abortion joke, no one laughs at any of her other jokes either. I don’t know why people care what she says in her tweets, she’s a talentless hack. Nothing she is going to say is of any importance. About the only important thing that’s ever come out of her mouth was Jimmy Kimmel.

  • Harlan

    “I’ve noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born.” ~Ronald Reagan, quoted in New York Times, 22 September 1980
    What with all this phony War On Women/RoevWade garbage, I’m willing to bet that there is one person who will NEVER be asked to appear on shows like Bill Maher’s, The View, and Ellen DeGeneres. Norma McCorvey. And just who is Norma McCorvey? Glad you asked: “FROM THE DESK OF THE FORMER JANE ROE, NORMA MCCORVEY:…Thank you very much for your thoughtful words and prayers these past few days as I begin this new challenge in our fight to tell the world the truth about Roe v. Wade and abortion on demand. As I’m sure you have heard, I recently filed a motion in Texas to overturn Roe v. Wade, the case in which I was the litigant in 1973. For specific information, I invite you to visit our press section.”

  • scully

    Sarah is awesome and she gives me a chubby.

  • jon

    i love her jokes about how jews killed jesus and how she wishes they could do it again…i saw it on youtube…sad

  • John Schubert

    As usual, people are missing Sarah’s point – the issue is that some Conservatives have indicated they would reverse Roe vs Wade which is silly to some degree since it was the decision of the Supreme Court and not a Congressional decision. She is not poking fun at abortions but at Conservatives for making such lame comments. I do agree that at times her humor can be irresponsible but on the other hand she creates conversation which is more that most comics can do.

  • John Schubert

    As usual, people are missing the point with her humor. Some Conservatives have indicated they would reverse Roe vs Wade which is silly since it was a Supreme Court decision and not a Congressional one. She is not poking fun at abortions but at Conservatives for making lame comments. I would agree that her humor can at times be a little irrresponsible but on the other hand she does create converstions which most comics can not do.

    • Chaille

      Abortion in USA was and still is about removing the “Negro Problem”. Marget Sanger’s words, not mine. Before Roe vs. Wade, abortion were always legal if mother’s health was endanger, and had to be preformed in hospital by a doctor, not just anyone. Planned Parent do not have Pro-abortion programs it handle the PSTD of mother.

  • http://para-sightproductions Mitbot

    There needs to be more provocateurs like Sarah Silverman. Lots and lots and lots of free-thinkers out there are sick to death of these robotic proselytizing moralists (sadly, mostly Republicans)trying to shove their arcane beliefs down America’s throat. Thanks Sarah…Dang funny/biting stuff…Keep the fires rammed-up their spotty rumps.

  • http://para-sightproductions Mitbot

    I and more than several million people in this country are sick to death of these arcane proselytizing moralists trying to shove their antiquated religious-fascist beliefs down America’s throat. Sarah…you are way too nice to these people. Tell ’em all to go back to the 13th century where they belong.

    • Nic Tanner

      Most of your comments are directed toward us christian conservatives and you employ scathing rhetoric as bad or worse than what you acuse us of. Pitty that you will some day be held to account for your beliefs not by me, not by the world, but by God himself. Fear God!

  • http://artist becky evans

    anti abortionists are probly women who had an abortion and know how much it hurts to lose a baby. over ad over again.

  • Matt

    I think a of of people missed the point of the joke. It was not a joke about abortion per se, but a joke about the idea that women will get abortions recreationally as the Conservative christian right seems to think. It was a joke about R v W potentially being overturned by lawmakers. It was a pro choice, pro women’s rights joke.

  • Chaille

    No one ever said Sarah Silverman has class.

  • Nic Tanner

    Those who think that stirring the pot on controversial issues like abortion is fun or funny have got to have a loose screw. We’re talking about human life here, only a moron would think this is funny. Please STOP the senseless killing of the children!!! Abort no longer!!!

  • MikeSurf

    Sarah Rocks…

  • wzrdrcr

    She is right agree with Silverman she can be a abortion joke just need go back in time and become one of its victims. I think the easiest way to cure abortion would be to make ever liberal extremist that supports it have to kill themselves before take a life of a unborn baby that solve the abortion non issue real fast. Abortion is murder plain and simple. I perfer a easier approach just sterilize liberals that way we run out of abortionist really fast.