Sarah Silverman has argued in favour of a “path to redemption” for people facing instances of “cancel culture”.
She referred to Christian Picciolini, a former skinhead who left a white supremacist movement in 1996 and has since worked as an activist against hate groups. Silverman interviewed Picciolini in an episode of her series I Love You, America in 2017.
On her podcast, Silverman described the way some people get radicalised as “going towards love”, stating that Picciolini found “family, camaraderie, and a place to be” when he joined a hate group.
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) October 24, 2020
She extended her reasoning to “cancel culture” at large, adding: “In this cancel culture – and we all know what I’m talking about, whether you think there is one or there isn’t one or where you stand on it, and there’s a lot of gray matter there.
“But without a path to redemption, when you take someone and you found a tweet they wrote seven years ago or a thing that they said and you expose it and you say ‘This person should be no more, banish them forever’ – they’re going to find some place where they are accepted, and it’s not going to be with progressives,” she said.
“If we don’t give these people a path to redemption, then they’re going to go where they are accepted, which is the motherf****** dark side.”
Several people responded to Silverman highlighting the need for “contrition” and “repentance” in the context of redemption.
“ We don't have to offer a god damned MINUTE of redemption to people who aren't interested in repentance, and who are still actively doing harm,” one person wrote. “They can change first. We can forgive later.”