Ethics Quote Of The Week: Sarah Silverman

“I love Louie, but Louie did these things. Both of those statements are true. So, I just keep asking myself, can you love someone who did bad things? Can you still love them? I can mull that over later, certainly, because the only people that matter right now are the victims. They are victims, and they’re victims because of something he did.”

—Comedian Sarah Silverman, speaking of her friend and fellow comic Louis C.K., whose career is in freefall after revelations by five women that he masturbated in front of them.

I hope Sarah doesn’t have to ponder her question too hard, because the answer should be obvious.

Of course you can love someone who did bad things. Everyone of us has, and probably does. Good people do bad things. Loving and lovable people do bad things, even terrible things. Being loved is one of the crucial life experiences that makes people better.

There are limits, of course. Still, at the root of Silverman’s question is the narrow intolerance and self-righteousness that are polarizing and fracturing our society. I find it ominous that she would ask the question.

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11 responses to “Ethics Quote Of The Week: Sarah Silverman

  1. I cut the cable years ago, so really can’t speak of Silverman currently. And I wouldn’t know Louis CK if I saw him on the street. As far as I can see, though, what he’s done isn’t that different in motivation from what Bill Mahr, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, or Kathy Griffin do. Their message is, “I have position, you don’t. I can get away with this, you just have to take it.” Comedy is not going to get better until things like humility and empathy become part of the toolbox again.

  2. Other Bill

    l for one find Silverman’s comment very interesting and I’m sympathetic to her point of view. I think her’s is an Old Testament/Jewish point of view. Unconditional love is not a Jewish or Old Testament concept. I think the term has only been around for forty or fifty years. What does unconditional love have to do with things like justice and punishment and retribution and actions having consequences? Or even anger at betrayal? These are all deeply seated human instincts and concerns. We minimize them at our peril.

    • What does unconditional love have to do with things like justice and punishment and retribution and actions having consequences?

      Not much. It does have a lot to do with the Golden Rule, humility, loyalty, kindness, proportion, and forgiveness.

      • Other Bill

        And Charles Manson.

        • Other Bill

          So the question is, should Hillary Clinton have stayed with Bill? Should Harvey Weinstein’s wife not have divorced him? This unconditional love thing can really get things pretty blurry.

          • Hillary staying with Bill had nothing to do with “love.” If she loved her country, she would have left him.
            Sarah asked if you CAN love someone who has done “bad things.” She didn’t ask if you have to. Obviously the answer to that is “No.”

            • Other Bill

              I was just thinking how my wife loves me unconditionally, but, as she has advised me many times, and I don’t think she kids about this, if I were to cheat on her she’d kill me.

              Thanks for you clarification above.

            • luckyesteeyoreman

              “If [Hlary Cnton*] loved her country, she would have left him.”

              To think I actually EXPECTED her to dump Bl*, before she cranked up her presidential campaign – SILLY ME! Honestly, she would have ignited a small – ever so small – spark in me of respect for her.

              But no: he and she were (and are) ALWAYS a “package deal” – both, or neither.

              *I will not for the foreseeable future cease to spell their names in mockery, as if there are no “li”-es in them (whether the li-es read forward or backward).

              • Chris

                *I will not for the foreseeable future cease to spell their names in mockery, as if there are no “li”-es in them (whether the li-es read forward or backward).

                This isn’t clever. This doesn’t even make sense.

  3. Steve-O-in-NJ

    Sarah Silverman and ethics don’t belong in the same sentence. She is a transgressive, obnoxious, partisan, hypocritical hack, who has made being transgressive and obnoxious a profession and is insufferably smug about it. She is the daughter of a far-lefty (Beth, who was McGovern’s personal photographer) and an asshole (Donald “you don’t fuck with my family”), who adds absolutely nothing of value to this world.

    • Other Bill

      I find it amusing when lefty are presented with the dilemma of one of their favored classes acting up. Reminds me of the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando. Gays getting killed by a Musilim! (and just ignore ISIS) What to do!? So we have a favored, cool, fellow lefty comic acting like an alleged Republican! What to do!!?? Plus, like Larry David says, Louis C.K. is supposed to be a nice Jewish boy.

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