Sarah Silverman: Comics Must ‘Change with the Times,’ Embrace Political Correctness
SARAH SILVERMAN: "There's a lot of grey matter for me in this, because I didn't agree with everything they were saying (I watched the episode on this). To a degree, everyone's going to be offended by something, so you can't just decide on your material based on not offending anyone. But I do think it's important as a comedian, as a human, to change with the times. To change with new information.
I don't think there's anything wrong with changing with the times. I think it's a sign of being old when you're put off by that. I caught myself a few years ago fighting 'gay.' I say gay, like 'that's so gay!' I just say gay, I have gay friends, I don't mean it like gay, I mean like it's gay, like it's lame. And then I stopped myself and said, what am I fighting? I have become the guy from 50 years ago who said, 'I say colored, I have colored friends!'
It's not hard to change with the times. And I think it's important, and when you have new information, and you become more aware of the world around you, you can change. I don't say that things are gay anymore if I think they're lame. I don't even think about it. It didn't take long to get used to it.
And to that effect, you have to listen to the college-aged, because they lead the revolution. They're pretty much always on the right side of history. The thing that bums me out sometimes about colleges is that it's a sea of iPhones and because comedy is something where you're connecting, it's a bummer. Because you just end up saying your jokes to a sea of empty vessels through which Facebook expresses itself. How about this memory card? You can Google Images me, paste yourself in. What does it mean?