Sarah Silverman has been caught in a lie about a supposed wage gap experience she had at a night club years ago, which has even some of her fans calling foul on the “effed up” move.
Silverman recently accused the New York Comedy Club's Al Martin of gender discrimination 16 years ago for only paying her $10 for a show while he paid a male performer, Todd Barry, $60. When Martin learned of the accusation, he slammed the feminist for the false accusation, explaining that she was paid a lower rate--as is the custom--because she "ask[ed] to perform" and was "not booked," as opposed to the male performer.
Martin posted his outraged comments on Facebook:
As Grindstone's Jessica Sager, a self-described Silverman fan, regretfully explains, Silverman's accusations of discrimination are "pretty effed up":
Barry was paid $60 for a booked spot, while Silverman just dropped in unannounced and wasn’t actually booked on the show. As a comedian, it’s customary to do these unannounced spots for free or for a menial fee as a means to test out new material. If you’re not actually booked to perform a paid spot on a show, you rarely actually get paid—it’s not in the club’s budget for that night, which means if you’re getting paid, somewhere a waitress, bartender or bar-back is losing out.
As someone who’s both frequented and performed in a few of Martin’s establishments, I can say that all paid spots that I’ve witnessed, male or female, have been paid the same amount. It’s pretty effed up of Silverman to have left that information out of her video. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened elsewhere, but according to a feminist female very close to the situation, Silverman is either exaggerating or misunderstood the circumstances of the performance she gave.