In Sarah Silverman’s Netflix show I Love You, America, the always-sarcastic “comedienne” attempts to show America for what it is, in her view: a place where people are stupid and bad. However, the coastal-elite leftist only reveals her ignorance of the values and virtues of our country.
In the December 7th episode of the hopefully soon-to-be-canceled program, Silverman conveys a stunning lack of understanding of perhaps the most basic of all American values: patriotism. According to her left-wing vantage point, patriotism denotes (brace yourself) racism.
In the episode’s opening monologue, the New Hampshire native recounts a time when she “felt very weird” and “scared”: when her boyfriend at the time was raising an American flag in his yard.
To Silverman, this is something an American audience will find hilarious. She explains:
“I had a boyfriend many years ago. He was my first boyfriend who had his own house, and one day I went outside to see what he was doing, and he was hoisting an American flag up the flagpole in his front yard. And I instantly felt very weird. It didn’t make sense, but I felt this feeling of like, um, I felt scared – yeah, I felt scared. So I was like, ‘Uh, what are you doing?’ And he said, ‘Raising the flag,’ and I was like, ‘Why?’ And he’s like, ‘Um, because I love America?’ And I was like, ‘Right, right, of course.’ But inside, I was shaken.”
Silverman called her sister, who not only affirmed her, but related American patriotism to the evil of Nazi Germany:
“And then I calmly walked to my car and I got inside and I called my sister Susie to tell her what happened. Now, maybe you’re thinking, ‘What do you mean what happened? Nothing happened; your boyfriend put an American flag up at his own house.’ No, you’re totally right -- I had no idea why I was freaking out. I just -- I had this very visceral reaction and my sister, who knows shit because she’s a rabbi in Israel, explained to me, she was like, ‘Dude, nationalism is innately terrifying for Jews. Think about it: flags, marching, blind allegiance? These things tend to ring a bell for us.’ Right. Of course. Duh. It made sense.”
Right -- so Jews are never patriotic; those who escaped to America during the Holocaust, according to Silverman, would then be terrified by the flag of the country that saved their lives. To Sarah Silverman, this is a valuable insight — understanding the basic concept of patriotism, and noting the obvious relevance to white supremacy.
In Silverman’s latest assault on entertainment, good taste, and comedy, she unknowingly exposes the incredibly insular leftist bubble in which she lives. She thinks she's doing it cleverly and self-deprecatingly; but she’s merely showing herself to be an idiot. As she ridicules everything from conservatives to religion to modesty, she doesn't understand the enormity of the divide between her and her viewers: she fails to remember that the audience watching her as she exposes the "foolishness" of America…is America.