Crissle Shuts Down Blackface Supporter at Panel on Race and Comedy

Crissle Shuts Down Blackface Supporter at Panel on Race and Comedy

The Read's co-host blasts audience member on absurd comments.

Published May 28, 2015

Crissle, the outspoken and hilarious co-host of the popular podcast "The Read," had a few choice words for an audience member at a recent panel on race and comedy. The quick-witted social commentator could barely contain herself when her views regarding a controversial Sarah Silverman skit using Blackface were in question.  

The man, who is a discrimination lawyer, attempted to suggest to Crissle that she doesn’t really understand Silverman’s type of comedy, going as far as to say that she, in fact, does not mean to make fun of Black people at all while performing in Blackface.

Fortunately for viewers, that was all he was able to get in before the very stunned Crissle could enlighten him on a few things.

“You have to be really white to say this," she said. "First of all, I can absolutely say that you’re racist for being a white woman in effing 2014 … to put on Blackface and go on television."

She then continued, “She didn’t put out a book called Sarah Silverman’s Diary, [say], “Here, read my innermost thoughts and see how I came to these f**k a*s conclusions that I have today. She got on TV in Blackface and decided that that was funny and it’s not. And you as a white man trying to tell me that my feelings aren’t valid because I don’t know her is a crock of s**t."

Fast forward to about the 1:18 mark to watch the verbal sparring below.

Written by George Chapman Jr.

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