Sarah Silverman had hurt feelings over age jokes at the James Franco Roast. Silverman first gained her fame as a writer an occasional writer on Saturday Night Live, well she had feelings of shock and hurt when what the target had been onstage at a event was one thing, her age.
The forty two year old had brushed off insults over her career and looks, saying she was just fake laughing when the panel push her bottoms, which had aired in the U.S. just earlier this month, September 2013.
Appearing on talk show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, she says,
“I think the secret about roasts is everybody laughs… and then I was in bed for two days. It’s brutal! I think that everyone who does the roasts is probably in bed for two days trying to remember their self-esteem…
“I wish so much that (age jokes) didn’t cut me to the core. I don’t want young girls to see me be hurt by jokes about age because I feel like it’s not a good example. Me being old, first of all, at the roast? Completely took me by surprise… It’s a roast, so I feel like a hypocrite even addressing it, but it touched on something because it’s personal. It’s so woman-based. I feel like… as soon as a woman gets to an age where she has opinions and she’s vital and she’s strong, she’s systematically shamed into hiding under a rock. And this is by progressive pop-culture people! It’s really odd! I feel bad that it cut me… I feel like your joke is that I’m still alive. My crime is not dying.”
However, Silverman is adamant stand-up stars should never be censored:
“I’m hurt all the time but I would die defending people’s rights to say anything.”