Is Sarah Silverman going soft? The actress and comedian, who has bluntly and even shockingly addressed sexism, religion and racism, wants to do something different on her new Hulu talk show “I Love You, America,” which she describes as “social politics wrapped in a big, doughy bready sandwich of aggressively dumb and silly, which is my favorite.”
“I’m trying to be mindful, especially with this show,” the 46-year-old told Confidential. “It’s trying to remember humanity, lean into vulnerability, just try and be human.”
Mindfulness also includes nudity. The premiere episode featured two audience members who were naked.
The actress, who was a big supporter of Bernie Sanders, believes he could have won the presidency if he’d snagged the nomination. But “of course, hindsight is 20/20 and there were a lot of things in play, including Russian hacking” — along with dirty tricks like online personalities posing as Sanders backers to trash Hillary Clinton and exacerbate tensions among Democrats.
At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Silverman memorably was onstage alongside Sen. Al Franken when she chastened hecklers: “To the ‘Bernie or Bust’ people, you’re being ridiculous.”
“You know this theme of division is not something that’s coincidental,” Silverman told Confidential. “I think it behooves certain people, oligarchs, certain corporations, people within the far right, wealth addicts, keeping a country divided makes it easier to control. I find that wildly blatant these days and I find myself susceptible to it too.”
Silverman, who grew up in a political family — her mother was a photographer on the George McGovern presidential campaign — says part of the problem today is teaching children bad values.
“It’s really bizarre,” she said. “It’s “Real Housewives,” and Kardashians and Trump. This is just worshipping money no matter how that money is made, no matter whose blood is on it. If young kids were interested in Ruth Bader Ginsberg, then things would be different, but they’re not. I wish they were.”
Silverman would like to see Sanders run again in 2020 but only “if he wants to run again,” noting that the Vermont senator is a powerful force where he is. “People who change the world don’t have to be President,” she says. “I believe in him. I think he’s beautiful. His only care is about the well-being of citizens.”
With Nicki Gostin