Sarah Silverman’s Ignorant Ego


I don’t want to draw more attention to this than necessary.  Lord knows it’s already gotten more attention than it deserves.  But this example is the epitome of the ignorant egos walking around in the elite media who have little enough shame and big enough heads to mistake people seeing their movies for us wanting to know what they think about the world’s problems.

Sarah Silverman just released a new video called “Sell the Vatican, Feed the World.”  Not only is it extremely vulgar (which is why I’m not linking to or embedding it here), but of course the entirely impossible proposition is just a cheap shot with no merit that reveals an embarassing ignorance of the facts and the real world:

  1. The Catholic Church feeds more people than any private institution in the world.
  2. The problem of hunger is not primarily due to a lack of money, food supply, or good intentions.  It’s due mostly to corrupt governmental systems run by tyrants who have no respect for human life.  And, of course, there is no bigger proponent on the planet for respect of all human life than the Catholic Church.

I know this is just a stupid publicity stunt tinged with anti-Catholicism.  But the real damage is done because it feeds into a lot of people’s misconceptions about the Catholic Church in order to smear her further.  Ultimately, hopefully most people are smart enough, charitable enough and principled enough to stop supporting anything Silverman does so she stops embarrassing herself and can figure out what she really wants to do with her life that will actually help people.

Thomas Peters over at American Papist has some more good thoughts on it.

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Dawn Farias October 16, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Yes, we saw her video last night on Bill Maher. I had no words.

Paul Snatchko October 20, 2009 at 1:07 pm

It’s vulgar. It’s in bad taste. And, yes, it ignores all of the good works the Church already does.

But, you know …

She actually echoed the Gospel message from the week prior. Mark 10:

“Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, ‘You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’

“At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.”

Matthew Warner October 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Paul – come on. The Church as a whole is the finest example of that Gospel message than any other example on the planet. Let’s not pretend this thing has a good point – at all.

Are you honestly suggesting that the Church sell the Vatican?

Paul Snatchko October 20, 2009 at 2:35 pm

No, I am not suggesting that the Church sell the Vatican.

But, there was a point in the clip that we need to consider — namely the point that echoes the words of Christ: “sell what you have, and give to the poor …”

Those aren’t the words of Sarah Silverman. Those are the words of Jesus. (And well lived by Saint Francis, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and other saints throughout the ages.)

And, yes, the Church is a fine example of this Gospel message. But, could we be doing more? Can I be doing more? Yes.

Matthew Warner October 20, 2009 at 3:33 pm

I agree with what the Gospel says and I agree with the example of the Saints. But this disgusting, deceitful video made to take a cheap shot while getting a laugh from some people does not “echo” the Gospel at all. And I think we’re better off not trying to equate them in any way.

Paul Snatchko October 20, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Thanks for the reply, Matthew.

Something to consider: today’s optional memorial is for Saint Paul of the Cross. He said this:

“The easiest way to keep your peace of heart is to accept everything as coming directly from the hands of the God who loves you. If you do this, any pain or persecution, anything which is difficult to accept will be transformed into a source of joy, happiness and peace … ”

If you use this saintly thinking, Sarah Silverman’s video (perhaps a persecution of the Church) is from God. And, certainly, Sarah Silverman is from God. She is our sister.

Perhaps God is working through Sarah Silverman to get us to think about something, to have this conversation.

Can we see the hand of God even in the disgusting?

(FYI, the quote above is from “In the Heart of God, The Spiritual Teaching of Saint Paul of the Cross.”)

Matthew Warner October 20, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Again, that is still something quite different, Paul. Thanks for sharing the quote – it’s a good one. I 100% agree that every little thing in our life can be used to help sanctify us – especially trials and challenges.

But recognizing that is entirely different than saying that this video “echoes” the Gospel. It does not.

Carlos Albornoz October 20, 2009 at 10:03 pm

In that case let’s just sell off the Church for the sake of the people…no more religion…just money and materialism. That is basically what she is saying No more God just Man alone…this is the focus for her comment Paul Snatchko. She basically states that The Catholic Church is nothing but a few pieces of silver nothing more. She states that the world can do without the Church. She states that there is no redeeming value in God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit but a few dollars. Paul …. pleez.

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