At an event Wednesday night discussing race in comedy, panelist Crissle, a comedian and co-host of The Read podcast, responded to a question in the Q&A that left the audience on its feet.
The man introduces himself as a discrimination lawyer and politely thanks the panelists, then suggests that Crissle doesn't quite understand Sarah Silverman performing in blackface because she "takes her work at face value."
Crissle took a moment to compose herself, then responded. First, she called out the man's privilege:
"Yes, I can absolutely call you racist for that," Crissle said about Silverman. "You understand the history behind it and you did it anyway. That is racist."
The man wasn't pleased and suggested Crissle should talk to Silverman to understand her intentions.
"I don't have to know what's inside Sarah Silverman's head," the comedian replied.
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 fuck-ass 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 shit.
That's bullshit. You don't get to tell me that the way I feel about that doesn't matter or it isn't real. And that's why I go on my show every week and say what I need to say because white people like you think you have a goddamned point.