When a white man tries it...
Audience Member: My name is Alan Rich, I’m a discrimination lawyer … Crissle, one thing that you said about Sarah Silverman– I get the impression that you take her work at face value. And I think that so many comedians who are really funny – I don’t think that she’s making fun of black people in any way shape or form about black people when she does blackface. Because those of us who know the history of blackface is that not only white people did blackface, black entertainers had to do black face to get jobs.
Crissle West: Wow, so you have to be really white to make that statement. That is just the whitest thing–
Audience Member: It’s a comment about how ridiculous we as a society can be.
Crissle Can we not? I’m really not about to do this.
Audience Member: I’ve never walked out on Paul Mooney, so you have to give me a pass.
Crissle: And you’re a discrimination lawyer? Holy God. Sooo… I’m gonna go ahead and address that by saying first of all that I can absolutely say that you’re racist for being a white woman in 2014 or whenever it was that she did this to put in blackface and go on television. Yes I can absolutely call you racist for that. you know the history behind it and you did it anyway. That is racist. I can say that. I’m a black woman, I’m gonna just go ahead and take my word over yours on that. That’s racist. And I don’t like her for it.
Audience Member: [Sic] Tell her! But you don’t know her. You don’t know what’s in her mind.
Crissle: Where is my access to Sarah Silverman? I don’t have to know her– I don’t have to know what’s inside Sarah Silverman’s head. I’m looking at her actions because her actions are what she’s presented to me. She didn’t put put a book called Sarah Silverman’s Diary here read my innermost thoughts and see how I came to these fuck ass conclusions that I have here today. She got on TV in blackface and decided that that was funny and it was not. And you as a white man trying to tell me that my feelings are invalid because I don’t know her is a crock of shit … and that’s why I get on my show every week and say what I need to say because white people like you feel like you have a goddamn point.
– This great exchange and more happened last night at WNYC’s Funny Or Racist panel at The Greene Space. Check out our livetweet and coverage fresh on The R today.