Coming on as a guest on the SmartLess podcast, which is hosted by fellow comedy stars Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett, Silverman opened up about how she has been able to sustain a career that is so engulfed in pushing taboos. (Recall that time she wore blackface in a 2007 episode of her Comedy Central show.)
“I think it’s the intention behind it,” Silverman said. “I always said the opposite of what I thought, and that was the joke, kind of, but hopefully the truth transcends that I don’t really feel this way.”
“I’m not that person anymore,” she continued, adding, “I understand that it’s never OK.”
Indeed, it's not like Silverman hasn't gotten any backlash. In 2019, Silverman said on The Bill Simmons Podcast that she'd been been dropped from a project after the filmmakers saw the aforementioned blackface episode.
“That comedy I did, it was like, ‘Oh, it’s OK because you know I don’t mean it,’” she said. “But then it also is kind of like, ‘We’re liberal, so we can say anything. We can say the words that are unsayable. You know I don’t mean it, so I can say it.’”
She continued, adding: “There is kind of a liberal douchiness about it in retrospect. It’s a weird balance.”