In light of the anti-Semitism controversy enveloping the Women’s March (read up here), many Jewish women have decided not to attend. (Even if you don’t go, there are other ways to protest!) Many prominent Jewish leaders have spoken out, and three Jewish women just joined the Women’s March steering committee.
Now, Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman is adding her voice to the mix.
Re-tweeting a clip of Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory on The View, Sarah wrote, “I cannot imagine having such mild feelings over such a furious hatred of an entire people. He calls us termites.”
The “he” in this statement is Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan — a Nation of Islam leader — posted a video to Facebook in October comparing Jews to termites. Farrakhan said in a speech, “To the members of the Jewish community that don’t like me, thank you very much for putting my name all over the planet because of your fear of what we represent I can go anywhere in the world — I’m not mad at you because you’re so stupid. So when they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater — you know what they do — call me an anti-Semite, stop it! I’m anti termite!”
On The View, Tamika said, “What I will say to you is that I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements.” Pushed on his anti-Semitic statements, and asked to condemn them, she simply said, “As I said, I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements.”
Silverman’s tweet continues, “I’m heartbroken but I’m gonna stay hopeful because I don’t want to give up on Tamika.” She then theorizes: Is that how Tamika feels about Farrakhan?
Here’s the tweet:
I cannot imagine having such mild feelings over such a furious hatred of an entire people. He calls us termites. I’m heartbroken but im gonna stay hopeful because I don’t wanna give up on Tamika. (oh wow I s that how SHE feels about LF?)
Oh this life… https://t.co/GCpOYZdgLT
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) January 16, 2019
Silverman supported the first Women’s March, and this is not her first time speaking out against Farrakhan. (She called him out in November.)
Well @potus u can listen to the voices of the 1/2 M+ people out ur window or u can stay a fraud marinating in ur pantsful of nervous farts.
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) January 21, 2017
She also tweets about anti-Semitism, and how scary it can feel to be Jewish:
Dogwhistle reminder that these words used by our openly Nationalist President are winks to the alt right:
Soros = The Jews
Nationalist =white Nationalist
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) October 27, 2018
She’s shared her support for the March for Our Lives in March 2018, and Beto O’Rourke’s march to the Tornillo detention center in Texas. In September 2017, she tweeted about the March for Racial Justice landing on Yom Kippur:
So proud of my niece. “Yes – it sucked that the main march is on Yom Kippur”. Observant jews- think of it as tag team & march tomorrow! https://t.co/LwyZxttQdB
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 30, 2017
(The tweet she quotes is an essay written by her niece, wherein she writes about her Jewish values of fighting for social and racial equality.)
It’s always admirable when someone with such a prominent platform speaks out about controversial subjects. Keep tweeting, Sarah!