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Chix We Dig: Forget Dave Chappelle, It’s Now Official, Sarah Silverman Most Controversial Negro In The Known Universe

This is something else we’re gonna do: buck the Calendar Journalism school of arts coverage. And buck it hard. We don’t work for the publicists, so why should we work on their clock? Who fuckin’ died and made them Elvis? Sure, Jesus Is Magic came out on DVD eons ago, but all copies of the frickin’ thing have been rented-out at TLA ever since. We FINALLY got our hands on a copy and watched it last night and we’ll just leave it at this: TLA if you are reading this, we are not fuckin’ bringin’ it back. Repeat, NOT. But getting back to this You Can Only Write About Things When They First Come Out rule of journalism: we heard you and we don’t fuckin’ care. Buzz is the new seconhand smoke. People watch way more movies on DVD than they do in the theaters these days, as such it takes sarah_silverman.jpga lot longer for a water-cooler consensus to emerge — because it’s an honest, organic consensus, not a hype-driven mirage that melts away after opening weekend. It seems more real to us, and we’d rather speak to this consensus and explore this new metabolism of A&E-absorption. We know about this first hand. You see, in addition to doing this re-invent the media wheel/save the republic thing with Phawker, we are also in show business. Seriously, check it out. So anyway, when the Wilco movie was released in theaters, we went to the Ritz and more than anything we were genuinely distressed to see our head six feet wide. We were like, ‘Man, does it always look that big?’ Don’t answer that. I only mention all of this point out two things: that show biz ain’t all Lindsay Lohan beaver shots and some kind of fabulous party or another at Sean Combs‘ house. There is also a good side. And we’re gonna find it and show it to you, dear reader. Second, almost nobody said anything to me when the Wilco movie came and went from theaters. Not even my mom. If it is possible to be secretly in show business, I was. But once I Am Trying To Break Your Heart came out on DVD, strangers would stop me on the street, swear to god. All of which is a long-ass way of saying THERE IS NO ‘WRONG’ TIME TO PRAISE A GODDAMN GENIUS LIKE SARAH SILVERMAN. Today is fine, and so is tomorrow because she is doing something that has to be seen to be believed. And so, to respond to the reader who pointed out that Amy Sedaris is not the only funny-and-fuckable game in town. She was right and we were wrong. There we said it. But if Jesus Is Magic is so wrong – and it is, but in a good way, somehow managing to harness the subversive power of laughing with ignorance and then at it — we never want to be right again.

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3 Responses to “Chix We Dig: Forget Dave Chappelle, It’s Now Official, Sarah Silverman Most Controversial Negro In The Known Universe”

  1. Phawker » Blog Archive » 215 Fest Leftovers: Phawker Tawks With Amy Sedaris Says:

    […] Pretty girls aren’t funny for the same reason that pretty boys aren’t funny: they don’t have to be. Form fits function, and function answers to need. Pretty people rarely need for much, least of all the ability to win friends and disarm foes with a few well-placed yuks. It’s basic Darwin. Lucille Ball? Phyllis Diller? Roseanne Barr? Funny fuckin’ ladies. Pretty? Not so much. Amy Sedaris knows this. Her career puts the lie to that premise, by the way, but to do so she has to put on a fat suit and give herself an overbite, problem hair and a Herman Munster pallor. Or at least she did in the past — the past being, of course, Strangers With Candy, wherein Sedaris and cohorts Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello portrayed high school life as a hellish funhouse full of clueless narcissism, cruel intentions and fag jokes. In the process, they raised gross insensitivity to an art form. Albeit the kind of art form that makes milk shoot out one’s nose, which is why it never winds up in museums. Too messy. Check it out on DVD, it’s still not too late to laugh and laugh and laugh at, well, the misfortune of others. Her latest jawn is a gorgeously subversive cookbook called I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. Although the recipes are legit and demonstrably yummy, it’s the satiny, high-kitsch Technicolor photo spreads and Jacqueline Susann-chic portraiture by Todd Oldham, Andrew Eccles and ex-Pavementer Mark Ibold that gives the whole thing a woozy, Betty Crocker gets Lucy in the sky-eyed in the Valley of the Dolls feel. And you know what? Phawker has read this book and we are here to tell you that Amy Sedaris can be drop-dead gorgeous and really fuckin’ funny at the same time. It’s true. And yes, we so wanna do her. Because it’s important to have dreams. […]

  2. Phawker » Blog Archive » Reader Writes: Turns Out Jesus Is NOT Magic Says:

    […] Reader Writes: Turns Out Jesus Is NOT Magic Hey Phawker, You told me to get in touch at JB’s last week, and now, with a heavy heart I find myself NEEDING to get in touch with you. For, good sir, I saw your post about the Sarah Silverman vehicle Jesus is Magic, and I need to get this off my chest. I guess if you can do a little retroactive hype, I can give a little retroactive backlash…That movie is not only a waste of time, but it couldn’t be less insightful, subversive, or controversial. All things it strives very hard to be. First off, I am a big Sarah Silverman fan. I first saw her in the “kiss to prove you’re not gay” Sketch from Mr. Show, and have taken a pretty serious interest in her career ever since. I saw Jesus Is Magic the day it came out. Let me also say that I am the least easily offended person around. I once wrote a tribute song to Toby Keith, and all the other Post 9/11 cash-in country artist that had the chorus: “Nine- One-One, it wasn’t Nine-One-Fun, It was Nine-One Sad, which made me feel Nine-One Bad with those towers reaching up to Jesus, lying in a million pieces.” […]

  3. Alison Schnortz Says:

    That picture of her is so offensive. You are so ignorant, I cannot believe anybody would put that picture on the internet. It is an insult to not only Miss Silverman but to any Jewish person, or any other person who was affected or whose race was affected by Hitler’s Nazi regime. You should be ashamed.

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