Sarah Silverman is heading to Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry’s home state of Texas for a form of comic relief. But with Silverman you know there’s got to be some controversy there. And with this one it’s the comedy fundraiser’s name, Live From N*****head: Stripping the Paint Off of Good Ol’ Fashioned Racism.
The name refers to The Washington Post story that reported earlier in Perry’s career he brought people to his family’s West Texas hunting camp named “Niggerhead.” Unfortunately, in the old days over 100 mountains and creeks in the U.S. were given the very racist moniker, but activists have lobbied for the names to be changed.
Although Perry recently said that it’s an “offensive name that has no place in the modern world” and claims the sign was painted over in the ’80s, The Washington Post quoted witnesses who say that the campground’s sign was visible in recent years.
“This is a never-forget moment,” Silverman told Entertainment Weekly. “The show’s provocative name holds a mirror up to an ugliness that seems to have become yesterday’s news without having barely even made news.”
On November 1, Silverman heads to the Paramount Theater with other comedians including Suli McCullough, Tig Notaro, Ian Edwards, Dwayne Kennedy, and W Kamau Bell to make it news again. Silverman plans to donate all proceeds to the NAACP.
This of course isn’t the first time Silverman’s gone political. She organized the Great Schlep during the last presidential election season to get her fellow Jews down to Florida in hopes to convince their grandparents to vote for Obama.
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