Sarah Silverman responds to backlash over 2007 Britney Spears jokes

Sarah Silverman responds to backlash after harsh Britney Spears jokes from 2007 resurface amid controversial new Hulu documentary: ‘Art changes over years’

  • A clip of the now 50-year-old comedienne mercilessly roasting the pop megastar, now 39, at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards has resurfaced
  • In the video she joked that Spears – who was 25 at the time – had already ‘accomplished everything she’s ever going to accomplish in her life’ 
  • Britney had welcomed both of her sons – Sean Preston and Jayden James – before the event as Silverman joked: ‘She’s a mother. It’s a crazy’ 
  • Before the comedienne hit the stage, Britney opened the award show with a now infamous performance of Gimme More which was not one of her finer moments on stage 
  • Silverman took to Twitter on Sunday to write: ‘Had no idea she didn’t kill. Unfortunate. Art changes over yrs as we know more & the world changes’ 
  • Bette Midler and Diane Sawyer have also recently received backlash for their comments around the same period 
  • Framing Britney Spears reexamines the …Baby, One More Time singer’s life story, putting a spotlight on the media’s treatment of the star while also doing a deep dive into her 12-year-long conservatorship 

Sarah Silverman has responded to backlash she has recently received for her jokes about Britney Spears in 2007 on the heels of a controversial new Hulu documentary that details the troubled pop star’s life and conservatorship battle.

A clip of the now 50-year-old comedienne mercilessly roasting the pop megastar, now 39, at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards has resurfaced on social media.

In the video she joked that Spears – who was 25 at the time – had already ‘accomplished everything she’s ever going to accomplish in her life.’

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Justification: Sarah Silverman (seen in December 2019) has responded to backlash she has recently received for her jokes about Britney Spears in 2007 on the heels of a controversial new Hulu documentary that details the troubled pop star’s life and conservatorship battle

Back in the day: A clip of the now 50-year-old comedienne mercilessly roasting the pop megastar, now 39, at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards has resurfaced on social media

Icon: Before the comedienne hit the stage, Britney opened the award show with a now infamous September 2007 performance of Gimme More which was not one of her finer moments on stage

Britney had welcomed both of her sons – Sean Preston and Jayden James – before the event as Silverman joked: ‘She’s a mother. It’s a crazy.

‘It’s weird to think that just a few years ago on this very show she was this, like, sweet, innocent, little girl in slutty clothes riding around with a python.’

She did not stop there as she went on to joke that the two young children were ‘the most adorable mistakes you will ever see.’

Silverman then made a crass joke about Britney’s vagina.

Not nice: In the video she joked that Spears – who was 25 at the time – had already ‘accomplished everything she’s ever going to accomplish in her life’

Yikes: Silverman made a crass joke about Britney’s vagina

Before the comedienne hit the stage, Britney opened the award show with a now infamous performance of Gimme More which was not one of her finer moments on stage.

On Sunday, the Wreck-It Ralph star responded to the clip going viral as she wrote: ‘I was known then 4 roasts. MTV asked me to mini-roast Britney after her big performance. 

‘While she was performing I was having diarrhea & going over my jokes. Had no idea she didn’t kill. Unfortunate. Art changes over yrs as we know more & the world changes’

‘Had no idea she didn’t kill. Unfortunate. Art changes over yrs as we know more & the world changes’: On Sunday, the Wreck-It Ralph star responded to the clip going viral

Silverman has not been the only celebrity called out over their comments about the pop star around the same time as Bette Midler and Diane Sawyer were also blasted on social media.

Journalist Yashar Ali took to Twitter on Tuesday, suggesting that Sawyer, 75, owes Spears an apology for her infamous 2003 interview that was filmed when the star was just 21 years old. 

Meanwhile, Ali also resurfaced an old clip of Midler ‘slut-shaming’ Spears, despite having recently getting behind the singer by tweeting ‘#FreeBritney’ to join in other celebrities who are supporting the artist.  


Courting controversy: Bette Midler and Diane Sawyer also have been called out over their past comments and treatment of Spears amid the controversial new Hulu documentary that details the troubled pop star’s life and conservatorship battle

Tough times: Spears seen during the infamous 2003 interview with Sawyer

Hitting out: Journalist Yashar Ali took to Twitter on Tuesday to criticize both Midler and Sawyer

Ali pulled no punches as he posted a video on Twitter Tuesday morning with the caption: ‘You should say something about how you reacted to Britney Spears kissing Madonna.’

In the clip from 2003, Midler is asked about Britney, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera’s iconic MTV Video Music Awards performance earlier that year which saw them share kisses.

She replied: ‘I mean those two ladies don’t really give a damn what I say but I think it’s irresponsible in a way… It’s kind of tacky in a way to say that I’m not responsible for the fact that there is, you know, 10 or 11-year-olds watching this show.’ 

Taking a stand: Midler posted ‘#FreeBritney’ over the weekend

Not pleased: Ali resurfaced an old clip of Midler ‘slut-shaming’ Spears, despite having recently getting behind the singer by tweeting 

Ali – who has contributed to HuffPost, NBC News, and New York magazine – went on to write: ‘In 2006, you called Britney a “wild and woolly slut” You have a history of slut shaming young famous women (example: Ariana Grande)

‘People can grow, but please acknowledge the past. #FreeBritney’

 Back in December 2006, Midler talked about Britney and Lindsey Lohan in an interview with Extra as she called them ‘wild and woolly sluts.’

Taking a stand: Ali pulled no punches as he posted a video on Twitter Tuesday morning with the caption: ‘You should say something about how you reacted to Britney Spears kissing Madonna’

Legendary: In the clip from 2003, Midler is asked about Britney, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera’s iconic MTV Video Music Awards performance earlier that year which saw them share kisses (pictured)

She replied: ‘I mean those two ladies don’t really give a damn what I say but I think it’s irresponsible in a way… It’s kind of tacky in a way to say that I’m not responsible for the fact that there is, you know, 10 or 11-year-olds watching this show’

Ali also referred to Midler’s treatment of younger women as he gave the example of Ariana Grande.

Back in 2014, Midler told The Telegraph: ‘You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead.

‘It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous. I mean, it’s silly beyond belief and I don’t know who’s telling her to do it. I wish they’d stop. But it’s not my business, I’m not her mother. Or her manager. Maybe they tell them that’s what you’ve got to do. Sex sells. Sex has always sold.’

Wow: Back in December 2006, Midler (seen in November 2019) talked about Britney and Lindsey Lohan in an interview with Extra as she called them ‘wild and woolly sluts’

‘You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead’: Ali also referred to Midler’s treatment of younger women as he gave the example of Midler’s comments to The Telegraph  about Ariana Grande Back in 2014

Before Midler, Ali went after Diane Sawyer for her now infamous 2003 interview with Britney.

He tweeted: ‘I think it’s clear that @DianeSawyer owes Britney Spears an apology. By the way, Britney was 21-years-old when this interview was filmed.

‘#FreeBritney (More footage here than was shown in the documentary)’

‘I think it’s clear that @DianeSawyer owes Britney Spears an apology’: Before Midler, Ali went after Diane Sawyer for her now infamous 2003 interview with Britney

In the clip Sawyer pushed the issue of Britney’s split from Justin Timberlake as she said: ‘You broke his heart. You did something that caused him so much pain, so much suffering. What did you do?’

In the clip Sawyer pushed the issue of Britney’s split from Justin Timberlake as she said: ‘You broke his heart. You did something that caused him so much pain, so much suffering. What did you do?’

She also asked the pop star about a comment made by Maryland’s first lady in 2003, Kendel Ehrlich, who made some eyebrow-raising comments at an anti-domestic violence conference that year.

She slammed the singer as a bad influence as she said: ‘Really, if I had an opportunity to shoot Britney Spears, I think I would.’

Ouch: She also asked the pop star about a comment made by Maryland’s first lady in 2003, Kendel Ehrlich, who made some eyebrow-raising comments at an anti-domestic violence conference that year

She slammed the singer as a bad influence as she said: ‘Really, if I had an opportunity to shoot Britney Spears, I think I would’

Sad: The singer seemed shocked by the comment which she said was ‘horrible’ and ‘really bad’

The singer seemed shocked by the comment which she said was ‘horrible’ and ‘really bad.’

Sawyer seemingly defended the former prosecutor as she elaborated: ‘It’s because of the example for kids and how hard it is to be a parent.’ 

Britney’s mental health and conservatorship have once again become the hot topic of conversation after a Hulu documentary about her was released days ago. 

Framing Britney Spears reexamines the …Baby, One More Time singer’s life story, putting a spotlight on the media’s treatment of the star while also doing a deep dive into her 12-year-long conservatorship.

Spears was put under conservatorship in 2008 after being placed on psychiatric hold for five-days, giving her father control of her person and finances.

Fighting: Spears was put under conservatorship in 2008 and though it was supposed to expire in 2009, it remains in place to this day. Britney has been fighting to remove her father as conservator since 2020

Though it was supposed to expire in 2009, it remains in place to this day. Britney has been fighting to remove her father as conservator since 2020.

Her lawyers said the star is ‘afraid of her father’ in front of a judge last November, adding ‘She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career.’

The next hearing regarding Britney Spears’ case is this Thursday, February 11th.

Framing Britney Spears is available via Hulu. 

Deep dive: Framing Britney Spears reexamines the …Baby, One More Time singer’s life story, putting a spotlight on the media’s treatment of the star while also doing a deep dive into her 12-year-long conservatorship. It’s availble to stream via Hulu now

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