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Why Sarah Silverman Can Say 'F*g' and Kevin Hart Can't

Sarah Silverman and Kevin Hart and Nick Cannon

After Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars, due to the revelation of antigay tweets from his past, Nick Cannon resurfaced social media posts from white female comedians that used similar slurs.

"This is what a fag bird likes [sic] like when he flexes," Chelsea Handler wrote in 2012.

"Interesting ... I wonder if there was any backlash here..." read Cannon's Twitter caption, implying that there is a double standard regarding race in public opinion. Cannon also called out questionable posts from Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman.

"I don't mean this in a hateful way, but the new Bachelorette's a faggot," Silverman tweeted in 2010.

Silverman responded Monday to the issue after a social media user accused her of hypocrisy. "But that whole part where you replied to a tweet where you used a word with 'I don't use that word,'" the Twitter user stated about using the f word.

To which Silverman responded, "Haven't for years. I did then. I don't now. See? But even then (I thought) I was using it comedically as an ally (liberal bubble bullshit, I know now)."

Silverman also retweeted a thread from Greg Hogben, the gay author of My Daughter's Army, in which Hogben explains to Cannon why intent matters when a straight person uses a word like "fag." Hogben explained why "gay men don't see" use of the f word by Hart and Silverman "the same," because with Silverman, they see the word as a joke, whereas with Hart, who stated he would physically injure his son if he found out he were gay," it felt malicious." 

 

Of course, Silverman has vowed not to use the f word again to due the offense the slur can cause. Gay comedian Billy Eichner also advocated for ending use of the word altogether.

“I agree that the best thing to do is to just not use the damn word! As a gay man, unless it’s perhaps a gay friend of mine saying it to me at a LIVELY BRUNCH, I don’t like hearing it,” Eichner wrote Sunday on Twitter.

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