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I Love You, America: Sarah Silverman Building Bridges Between Remote Americas

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Late night Talk shows are a wholesome slice of life. And when one gets hosted by Sarah Silverman, things only get better. Hulu’s spectacular I Love You, America aired its first episode on 12th October 2017. And it has since then earnestly, sarcastically, crudely, and compassionately set in a lot of optimism in a late night cynical America. Sarah Silverman takes it upon herself to collect diverse opinions and involves them in the reconstruction of a great America, albeit all in light humor. It is simpler to reason with people with a like mindset. But to face off against people with drastically different perspectives is something exclusive to only Silverman.

Sarah Silverman’s Message of Unity

Sarah Silverman aims at bridging the political and social divides between the populations of an intellectually flourishing America. With an aggressively dumb comic tone, she tackles the various resentments towards the present socio-political situations of America and caters the various solutions people turn in as a remedy to their plights. Sarah Silverman brings her analysis to a conclusive idea that we are all essentially the same, and we all want to outmaneuver our way around our problems. Until comedy gets people to raise their porcupine needles, it does not unleash its veridical potential.

Format and Style of the Show

The format, which is quite similar to late night shows features additionally a monologue at the beginning of the show. The show laser focuses on the suggestions of its assembly of 12 people collected from various walks of life. And along with that, it makes use of several pre-taped field footages. Silverman’s monologue is largely inspired by her own experiences, and she efficiently exploits the possible individual changes that will possibly be entailed by current events. The show features less and less of celebrity guests who join live TV only cosmetically for a social cause. While the ulterior motive is the branding and marketing of their recent/ upcoming project. I Love You, America gets its guests in veterans on a specific topic in discussion. This adds additional credibility to whatever is discussed, along with validating the show’s noble purposes.

In one episode, Silverman, who is Jewish, will dine with a family who has never met a Jew. In another, she’ll host Megan Phelps-Roper, a former member of the Westboro Baptist church. The comic’s inclination to engage with those who disagree with and even offend her materialized in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. Our own hollow echoes do not possess much power to change many things. But, when things foray in an awkwardly discomforting scenario, realizations set in. Constructing a dam might provide water to one house, but might destroy another; these are the kind of voices that clash on I Love You, America. that too in the most rioting chuckle some manner.

Her Reason for Doing the Show

Silverman says, after recording the episode following Trump’s election’s first anniversary:

“That’s one of the things that made me wanna do the show more than anything: how divided the country is. During the process of making the show especially, I learned that facts don’t change people’s minds. This is at once terrifying, but also hopeful, in that what does change people’s minds is emotional.”

For a female comic, Silverman would herself hate a white guy on the desk. But inclusivity is key, you cannot get one debarred from office just to let another one occupy their seat. And this is the anthem of the entire show. Silverman ensures, in her show, that everyone feels belonged. There can be arid disillusionment if major prospects undermine minor limitations. I Love You, America extends its endearing arms to embrace everyone who resides within the borders of this nation.

The Silverman show is a vehicle of change. It realizes external constraints and ignites a great fire for compromise. As Silverman puts it herself:

“Until we look inside ourselves, we can’t expect other people to also change. Which is really, really easy to say. And might grow harder in time. And that’s why it’s a practice.”

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