Happy birthday, Sarah Silverman! The writer, stand-up comic, actress, musician, and political activist turns 42 today. We've followed Sarah throughout her career, and this year we were especially proud to be fans of the outspoken star. She dove headfirst into the presidential election season, taking part in videos and campaigns supporting women's rights and gay rights. Her interviews and tweets were full of the smart and witty remarks she's known for, plus she voiced a character in the adorable film Wreck-It Ralph. In honor of her birthday, let's look at Sarah Silverman's highlights from the year!
Sarah had some really smart things to say about being a woman in today's world when she was interviewed on The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet.
She told Amanda, "I feel like I can handle [watching shows like The Bachelor and Real Housewives]. But I think, 'Wow, some young girl is watching this, and there should be a warning saying, "This is not acceptable behavior."' The biggest thing that a woman should realize is that there is not just one slot for a woman in any given thing. I think that's something that society — men and women both — have enforced. It's in the ether that one woman's success can only come at another woman's failure."
Sarah's already shown her political advocacy and support for the LGBT community in the past by being outspoken against "don't ask, don't tell" and speaking about gay teen suicide. Then this year, she grand marshaled San Francisco's gay pride parade and told The Hollywood Reporter that gay marriage should be legalized "with a big f*cking apology for the past few years."
She said, "Gay marriage is something that Newark Mayor Cory Booker said it best: Some things are not meant to be a vote. Some things are a right. And if things like that were left for a vote, he said, I wouldn't be where I am today — meaning anything that is civil rights. Because people don't always know what's best. Their fears keep them from being open and being fair. And so that would just be not up for a vote."
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Another way Sarah is politically active is with her support of reproductive rights and involvement with the Draw the Line campaign.
In an interview, she told us, "I think that's, to me, a very nonpartisan issue — it's a women's issue or anyone who loves women. Abortion is a very small part of women's health and being able to have it be affordable to people. And I think it's money very well spent by the government, and that to shut that down would be a real disadvantage to a sex that is the majority of this country. I feel strongly about it. I don't think that women are farm animals; I think they're human people who deserve the same rights as men."
Sarah proved she shares our passion for '80s and '90s nostalgia when we interviewed her for Wreck-It Ralph. She showed her geeky side when naming all of her favorite video games growing up and added that the thing she misses most from those eras is piano rock. Watch the interview now!