During Thursday’s edition of I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman, the host gave a monologue on the subject of nationalism and recalled being “scared” and “shaken” by the sight of an American flag being flown in her boyfriend’s front yard.
According to a transcript posted by Newsbusters:
Silverman: 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.
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.
Here’s video of her monologue:
“If that’s a concern she has, it’s no wonder she works in the safe space of the entertainment industry. She can’t possibly survive in the real world,” Lindsay Kornick wrote, adding:
That makes her entire monologue on nationalism fall flat on its face. If someone can’t handle seeing an American flag outside a loved one’s house in America, I’m certainly not going to trust what they deem to be patriotic. Silverman says patriotism is loving your country, while nationalism is saying, “We’re number one!” Apparently believing in American exceptionalism and that we are the last, best hope for mankind is one step away from Nazi Germany.
She says, “I fear that that ‘We’re number one’ nationalism is really like an old bed buddy of racism and xenophobia.” It doesn’t surprise me. Anyone shaken by the sight of an American flag surely sees racism and xenophobia everywhere.
“There are people who chant ‘America First’ for all the wrong reasons, but attitudes like Sarah’s aren’t going to get rid of them. Instead, it makes them seem more mainstream when all the millions of patriotic Americans who proudly fly our flag are associated with Nazis. Shockingly, that doesn’t seem to bring people together,” Kornick said.
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