Sarah Silverman tweets about burrito "abortion"

Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:47pm EDT
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Tim Molloy

NEW YORK ( - There's a long tradition of edgy comedians sanding down their edges as they try to make themselves generically likable enough to score network sitcoms.

Sarah Silverman is not part of that tradition.

With NBC soon to decide whether to give her a show in the fall, the "Sarah Silverman Program" star made an abortion joke that struck some as too flippant - and quickly caught the attention of the conservative Drudge Report, which made the remark one of its main stories.

Silverman posted two photos on Twitter last week. The first, making fun of sappy pregnancy photos, featured her with a round stomach soon after eating. "It's a burrito!" she wrote.

The second photo showed her with her typically flat stomach. Silverman also made an abortion joke that some people found too flippant: "Got a quickie aborsh in case R v W gets overturned," she wrote, referencing Roe v. Wade.

Casually shocking humor has always been part of Silverman's act, and the latest joke, despite the attention paid to it by Drudge, isn't really a joke about terminating a pregnancy: The only thing getting aborted is a burrito.

Still, that hasn't stopped some from conflating it into something more. London's Daily Mail said Silverman had "joined America's current War on Women ... after she tweeted a hoax before-and-after abortion photo." It also said her aborted burrito joke was "reigniting the women's rights movement via Twitter." Not exactly.

Drudge linked to the story with the headline, "Sarah Silverman tweets 'before-and-after abortion' photos, failing to note that, in fact, no abortion had occurred.   Continued...

Actress and comedienne Sarah Silverman smiles as she arrives as a guest for the premiere of the new film "Super" in Hollywood, California March 21, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser