Insensitive? Well pointed? What are your thoughts on Sarah Silverman's comments on Twitter?Comedienne Sarah Silverman joined America's current War on Women yesterday after she tweeted a hoax before-and-after abortion photo.
The controversial comment captioned two photos of Miss Silverman made to look like she was pregnant before getting an abortion - and quickly divided opinion.
While she caused a wave of support from hundreds of people voicing liberal pro-choice beliefs, she also drew criticism for her 'insensitivity' for a subject that is 'no laughing matter'.
The first image shows Silverman extremely bloated after having eaten a burrito, and the second shows her wearing the same outfit with a wash-board flat stomach after the bloating had subsided.
At the expense of the Republican party who want to take away women?s autonomy over their bodies, the comedienne paired potty humour with political commentary, using the montage to make a strong and simple point about the ongoing War on Women.
And many people are applauding the high profile personality for using her trademark sarcasm to directly comment on the possibility the Roe vs Wade decision may be overturned in the U.S.
Roe vs Wade was a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of abortion.
The Court ruled on January 22, 1973, in favour of a woman's right to have an abortion in the early stages of pregnancy.
However Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has vowed to work to reverse Roe vs Wade, leaving the issue up to individual states to decide, and then eventually the Supreme Court.
On the decision's anniversary, January 22, 2012, Mr Romney said: 'Today, we recommit ourselves to reversing that decision'.
He continued: 'People of both political parties know that more than a million abortions a year cannot be squared with the good heart of America.'
Reshaping national politics, the Roe vs Wade divided much of the U.S. into pro-choice and pro-life stances.
Abortion was previously banned in two-thirds of states, and an estimated 1.2million women a year resorted to illegal, often dangerous back-alley abortions, according to Abortion in American History by Katha Pollitt.
Now, 39 years later, conservative lawmakers are making unprecedented moves toward overturning the Roe vs Wade decision during this year's election race.
A number of Republican-controlled states are currently hoping to pass The Personhood Act, giving legal personhood rights to embryos from the moment of fertilisation. The bill would see the ban of abortion extend to cases of rape, incest, and also when the mother's life is in danger.
Ohio also amended the 'heartbeat' bill two days ago. If passed, it would equate child homicide to the abortion of a fetus with a detectable heartbeat.
A fetal heartbeat can occur as early as six weeks into gestation, often before the woman realises she is pregnant.
As well as his support to grant legal rights to human embryos, Mr Romney has signed Susan B Anthony List's pro-life leadership pledge, swearing to nominate only conservative justices to the federal bench and to 'select only pro-life appointees for relevant Cabinet and Executive Branch positions.'
Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, explained the significance of the pledge during this election: 'The presidency is critical in 2012.
'When the average age of retirement on the Supreme Court has been about 79, and we have three justices 75 and older, elections matter. Who's going to sit in that space? Will it be someone who respects freedom and privacy?
I think whether you're pro-life or pro-choice, you could see her tweet as disrespectful and nothing to joke about. For me (since I'm pro-life) I was disgusted by it. To joke about something like that is tasteless. I'm quite sure those that have had abortions (whatever their reasonings were) would think the same, that it was no laughing matter. Grow up Sarah, find something other than that to joke about.
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I think that people need to get the heck over it. Insensitive, how? To her burrito?
What the Republican party is doing is a threat to women. Singers might sing about it, bloggers blog about it, artists might make posters about it, and comedians might joke about it. Shocking.
I find it HUGELY ironic that the pro lifers are suddenly so *sensitive* about what a serious and painful matter this can be to women........when they are the ones throwing around the term MURDERER and the like with wanton abandon. Talk about insensitive.
I dont find Sarah Silverman funny, so this doesnt strike me as funny either. I can see how some people might be offended by her attempt at humor, but I dont think she even deserves being paid any attention.
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I find it insensitive and I am pro-choice. I think that it makes abortion seem trivial and it is not regardless of how you feel about the issue.
The majority of women who have ever had to make that choice did not take it lightly. I took a friend for one once and 12 years later she still struggles with her choice, not the actual choice itself but the 'what-if's' and all the other thoughts. For her at that moment in time it was the correct choice.
And I do have a sense of humor, but this is just a topic that I don't find funny.
I never find her funny so this bit doesn't bother me.
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It's like when the Onion posted that satirical piece about a huge "abortion-plex" and some conservatives actually thought it was true because it sort of plays into their stereotype that women who get abortions do so thoughtlessly. Like how even pro-choice people always qualify their stance to be "....but I don't think abortion should be used as birth control" I have to wonder how many women actually use abortion "as birth control." It may have happened in some isolated incidents, but I have a hard time believing most sane women would prefer a (painful, after the fact) surgical procedure over popping a pill or using a rubber. I don't think it's so common that we always have to point it out ("not as birth control!") - I think that's just sort of remnants of this idea that women get abortions frivolously.
I agree with Melissa.
Romney....This is the guy who's likely going to win the Rep nomination? I can't believe he has the audacity to attempt to have overturned a landmark decision that has stood for 40 years as a testament to a woman's legal right to choice.
For the record, I don't even know who Sarah Silverman is. I neither find her hoax to be insensitive, or all that funny. But I don't think that really matters much. If it's at the expense of the Republican party, and Romney's platform, I think that's great.
I actually find Sarah Silverman pretty funny most of the time.
I just don't understand these kinds of "outcries". Sarah Silverman is a comedienne known for saying filthy, controversial things. She makes jokes about completely taboo topics all the time, that's what she does for a living. I don't really understand getting bothered by such things, if it's not your kind of humor than ignore it. Enough people here haven't even heard of her, so it's not that hard.
I actually find her to be almost the only celebrity who actually says funny things in Twitter. (I hate Twitter, but I have to be fairly up on such things due to my job.) Remember her "I'm f***ing Matt Damon" video? I think she's often (but not always) hilarious.
Sensitive and delicate, she ain't.
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