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Sarah Silverman’s Activism

Liel Leibovitz explains how it reflects poorly on those she means to help

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Sarah Silverman’s sarcastic and biting critiques of the American right wing and her warm embraces of President Obama have frequently made ripples in political culture. However, as Liel Leibovitz reports, it does some undermining too.

This attitude not only falls short of capturing the generous and complex spirit of Judaism, but it also fails to represent an important part of Barack Obama’s ethos. The president’s appeal—and this is as true today as it was four years ago—owes much to his genuine, sometimes maddening, refusal to reduce his ideas to talking points or his opponents to caricatures. Obama speaks in complete sentences, and he knows that great leaders, like great comics, have more of an impact in the long run if they resist the easy punch line and opt instead to say not only what is pleasing but what is true.

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Poupic says:

It is offending to me, a survivor of the Shoa that any Jew supports anti- Semite Obama. I know because I fell in love with the man when he gave his speech at the 2004 convention. But before the elections of 2008 I found the truth. “Wright is my spiritual mentor, he gave me the title of my book…” Tell us what non- Anti- Semite would cheer Wright after listening to him for even only one minute? “Them Jews don’t let me see Obama” infamy live on TV. Four more years for anti- Semite Obama would be existential danger for Israel. I am an ex- Democrat because my old party is infected with anti- Semitism. Of course I will vote to replace anti- Semite Obama. I don’t care at all who replaces him even if he made the trains run on time which he doesn’t.

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Sarah Silverman’s Activism

Liel Leibovitz explains how it reflects poorly on those she means to help

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