Sarah Silverman has made a comedic career out of being as controversial and outrageous as humanly conceivable, often using subject matter such as rape, the Holocaust, and child molestation as the punchlines for her jokes. But her latest shock-shock joke on Twitter has a lot of folks thinking she may have crossed the line – even for Sarah Silverman.
As part of the recent “War on Women” phenomenon, and as commentary on Mitt Romney’s stance on the legality of abortion, the 41-year-old comedienne posted fake before-and-after abortion photos on April 12 along with the tweet, “Got a quickie aborsh in case R v W gets overturned.”
The “before” photo featuring what appears to be a pregnant Silverman is actually from earlier in the day when Sarah’s stomach became bloated after eating a burrito. (“It’s a burrito!” was Silveman’s original tweet along with the picture.)
The joke has received a huge amount of support from pro-choice supporters, but also a large amount of criticisms from those who believe the subject of abortion is “no laughing matter.”
In case you didn’t know, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has vowed to work to reverse the historic Roe vs. Wade decisions, stating in January, “Today, we recommit ourselves to reversing that decision.” He continued by saying, “People of both political parties know that more than a million abortions a year cannot be squared with the good heart of America.”
So what do you think? Was the joke in bad taste, or is it an example of using humor to address a very serious topic?