By Andy Greene, Rolling Stone
February 13, 2014 2:00 PM ET
Sarah Silverman is not afraid to piss people off. Late last month, the comedian posted a video where she casually chats about abortion rights with Jesus over popcorn. It’s part of her ongoing effort to inform people across the country about Republican-led efforts to limit women’s access to abortion. She’s teamed up with Lady Parts Justice and had been playing fundraisers for the group all over the country.
We spoke with Silverman about the controversial video, how this type of work has impacted her comedy career, her recent efforts to get a sitcom on the air and her future plans, including an Off-Broadway musical based on her 2010 book The Bedwetter she’s working on with Adam Schlesinger.
Why did you decide to make the Jesus video? Gee, I just started seeing this a lot, like voter suppression. It’s hard not to notice the far right is trying to make abortion illegal. They’re making it a bear of a job and they’re chipping away at it state by state. They’re just doing it quietly, the same way they did with voter suppression. I wanted to make something that was informational, though obviously with comedy.
There’s a lot of women that don’t know what’s going on, and they should, no matter how they feel. And to me, I love the symbol of Jesus. It’s so odd to me that so many people on the far right use his name to justify terrible things that I can’t imagine he’d approve of.
It is true he never mentioned homosexuality or so many other issues people fight over. He was all about love and tolerance. There used to be a time when if someone was living their life a different way than you, you’d just say, “Well, Read the rest of this entry »