Sarah SilvermanIn a comment on Robert's review of Sarah Silverman's Jesus is Magic, reader Josh wondered why so many reviews of the film "attempt to defend [Silverman] from some perceived groundswell of antagonism," particularly given the fact that he's "never once heard someone say a negative [word] about her."

Well, Josh, I've got your negative words right here: the Lowell (MA) Sun has an editorial in today's paper railing against Silverman and her film for "[making] light of the worst day in this nation's history -- Sept. 11, 2001." The editorial goes on to conclude that Silverman "would prefer to garner cheap laughs from a few callous movie-goers as long as it gets her name mentioned on talk shows." Because, you see, though the board admits that humor sometimes makes difficult situations easier to handle, "Sept. 11 isn't one of those instances." Ah. Well, I'm glad they cleared that up.

Whether you agree with Silverman is immaterial here, I think - and, personally, I'm not a huge fan. But the point is that her comedy is essentially her opinion - she's a controversial comic, fine. You can find her funny, or not. You can see her movie, or not. It's up to you, just as it is up to the members of The Sun's editorial board to spend their money elsewhere. But who are they to dictate what we are allowed to find funny? Nowhere in the editorial is there a suggestion that its content is a matter of opinion. Instead, it's presented as fact: if you laugh at a 9/11 joke, you have stepped "
over a line that no American, no human being, should ever be willing to cross." Again, who are they to say?

[via MCI]
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