Sarah Silverman has worked with “Funny or Die,” but now she can officially start her own website called “Funny or Lie.” The comedian recently recounted the time club owner Al Martin allegedly paid her less money than Todd Barry because she was a woman, and then apologized when Mr. Martin publicly excoriated her on for lying. In incredibly strange fashion she then called honest people “maniacs.”
Here is what Ms. Silverman said in a PSA for the women’s organization Levo League on April 6:
“I did a show. I was out with my friend Todd Barry, and we were doing sets around town together. […] We were outside talking and Todd somehow brought up that he got 60 bucks. He just got $60, and I got $10. We did the exact same time back-to-back on the same show. And so I went back inside, and I asked the owner Al Martin, and I said ‘Al, why did you pay me $10 and you gave Todd Barry $60?” It was so perfect, he said ‘Oh, did you want a $60 spot?’ It was symbolic. I didn’t need $60, but it’s, ummm, pretty shitty. …
If I tweet about anything women’s rights related, equal pay or health care or anything like that, that gets the most violent hate tweets back. It’s so odd. It’s just bizarre. That and gun control tweets. It creates such a rage in certain people and of course that comes from fear.”
Do you know what’s really “shitty,” Ms. Silverman? Lying about an issue when you know that your lie can ruin a man’s reputation that he worked an entire lifetime to build. That’s pretty “shitty.”
Here is what Mr. Martin said on Facebook when word got out that he was allegedly a sexist jerk:
“Are you kidding ? You come in to my club 15 years ago and ask me for a guest spot, I did not ask you to perform and you were not booked, and Then you ask me for pay? You asked to work out some material … Then you make this a gender pay thing? Sarah great cause I am with it, but I did not pay you less cause of gender … I paid you less because Todd Barry was booked and you weren’t … It was a GUEST SPOT, so I gave you some car fare, which actually is more than almost any club would have given for a GUEST Spot … Funny how in your attempt to become a super hero with a noble cause, you forgot that little fact … GUEST SPOT … GUEST SPOT.”
There is it in a nutshell: In Ms. Silverman’s quest to “become a super hero with a noble cause,” she decided that Al Martin’s reputation was expendable. She accuses others of having fear-based motivations for their responses to her commentary in the very same conversation she willfully lies about a man who tried to do her a favor. Even if one were to agree to the premise that Ms. Silverman’s critics operate from a fear-based emotional state, then it must also be noted that her dishonesty helps to fuel the fire.
The coup de grâce to the whole weird ordeal came with Ms. Siliverman’s “apology,” via Salon:
“To Al, I truly am sorry to bring you into this as you employ women and pay them the same as the men I’m sure. To the maniacs who want to use this as a chit against women’s issues, I ask that you please don’t. Because that would be super shitty. Feel free to aim your vitriol at me but leave this issue of working women out of it, K?” Ms. Silverman wrote.
There is that word again: ‘shitty.’ Again, it might not be a good idea for someone who just used an ends-justify-the-means interview in which she willingly opted to destroy a man’s good name in order to put herself up on a moral pedestal and forward a political agenda.
In Ms. Silverman’s world, honest people become “maniacs” the moment they cite her lies as proof that the whole pay-gap issue is more complex than pundits and “Funny or Die” comedians would have us believe. In Ms. Silverman’s world, apologies are only done right if they’re able to quickly deflect attention from her lies and onto some other ambiguous “shitty” group.
If Sarah Silverman and a man came into your office with equal resumes, and you hired the man because he had no known record of lying about former employers, would you be a sexist or would you be a rational human being?
It speaks volumes that when asked to recount a time when pay inequality directly affected her life, the only thing she could come up with was a giant lie.
The next time Sarah Silverman takes to Twitter to lecture you about any number of public policy issues, there is no need to send profanity into her feed. You can respond to her with two words: Guest spot.
Exit question: If a person believes we’re “all just a bunch of molecules,” are they more or less likely to feel bad about a lie that destroys a man’s good name?