Live From N*****head: Sarah Silverman Talks Rick Perry, Racism On Maddow (VIDEO)
The event's title is inspired by the sign for Republican candidate Rick Perry's controversially-named hunting camp, which included a charged racial epithet before being painted over (though exactly when is still in question). The story was all over the headlines earlier this month before quickly fading out of the conversation thanks to other gaffes and odd campaign moves.
Maddow seemed to think that the short-lived media coverage had a lot to do with how uncomfortable dancing around the N-word makes most reporters, but Silverman said she's determined to keep the story at the forefront of people's minds in light of the upcoming elections.
"I think any time racism shows itself in a tangible way, and it's not just a gas in the air, it's important to take the opportunity to point at it," Silverman said. "It's dangerous when it just kind of goes away. And here's a guy who is a governor and running for president, and it has not injured him in any way, really. I mean, that's bizarre, right?"
She went on to add that while the camp's name might be a dealbreaker to her, she's learned to second guess her reflexes on how the rest of the country sees candidates.
"I'm always amazed by the nerve of the Republican party," she said. "It's hilarious to me on one hand, and on the other hand I remember the Bush/Kerry election and the Bush/Gore election and it wipes the condescending smile off my face. I think it has to be taken seriously that there's a chance that people like this are popular."
Lucky for us, if there's one way we know Sarah Silverman uses to effectively get her point across, it's comedy.
The fundraiser, which takes place at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, will feature stand-up sets from Silverman as well as Tig Notaro, Ian Edwards, Suli McCullough, Dwayne Kennedy, W Kamau Bell, Jamie Kilstein and more. All proceeds will be going to the NAACP, though Silverman did joke that they might set aside a couple of dollars for "a second coat of paint for that rock."
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