Besides Smith’s blowup this weekend Sarah Silverman spoke at the ultra exclusive TED conference. (It costs 6K for a conference pass and really big name people speak at it.) Silverman did what she normally does and laid down some uncomfortable comedy including that she wanted to adopt an adult retard. Basically the whole premise was her taking shots at Sarah Palin who slammed Rahm Emanuel for using the word retard but said it was okay for Rush Limbaugh to use it because he uses it satirically. Of course the crowd of executives and power brokers didn’t get the joke and people got offended and complained about it, including the founder of the conference who slammed Silverman on Twitter.
Silverman fired back on Twitter, where she has close to half a million followers, and then the former AOL CEO jumped in and went after Silverman who tossed this back at him:
“@SteveCase You should be nicer to the last person on earth w an aol account.”
What I don’t get is didn’t they know what they were getting? Have they never seen one of her acts? She is absolutely filthy. (And beautifully so.) And why would egg this person on publically when tossing insults is what they do for a living? In the end how are you going to come out ahead?
This reminds me of the Colbert performance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. How did the person that books the event not know whom they were booking?
So this begs the question should the company that books the person know what they are getting into? Or should the person booked play to the audience and change their act?
What do you think?