Comedian Sarah Silverman attacks ‘cancel culture’ in a new episode of her podcast, showing how it isn’t productive and can lead to more hate.

She points to the example of Christian Picciolini, a former Neo-Nazi, who joined the hate group when a member showed him love by stopping him from smoking a joint. Silverman points out how the confused teenager went towards love and acceptance, even in the form of a hate group. 

Picciolini later left the skinheads in the late 90s and has worked against hate groups for nearly 30 years.  Silverman says ‘canceling people’ without offering them a ‘path to redemption’ pushes people to the ‘dark side.’ 

“But without a path to redemption, when you take someone and you found a tweet they wrote seven years ago or a thing that they said and you expose it and you say ‘This person should be no more, banish them forever’ – they’re going to find some place where they are accepted, and it’s not going to be with progressives,” she said.

(Note: Silverman seems to think “the dark side” is with conservatives, but she does point out the irony in labelling yourself as a ‘progressive,’ but not caring about actual progression. So you’re telling me cancel culture is based more on hate than progress? Shocking.)

Many Twitter users criticized Silverman, but she won’t mind. She faced backlash after a picture from 2007 emerged from a sketch in which she wore blackface, causing her to lose a movie role last year. 

But I like what she’s saying here. Public shaming and ostracization is not an effective way to make society better. If someone has done or said something hateful, the response shouldn’t be to overwhelm them with more hate. This goes both ways. 

People sometimes say horrible things.  Show mercy. We also need to understand those hatefully ‘cancelling’ someone should be shown the same mercy. 

In Christianity, this is called “forgiveness,” and it’s truly a beautiful thing. 

Hat Tip: Independent

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About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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