Screen-Shot-2014-05-24-at-11.28.22-AM1-1This week comedienne  Sarah Silverman called preborn babies “goo” on Real Time with Bill Maher:

“And meanwhile, it’s goo. It’s goo that they’re so worried about.”

Silverman is no stranger to contemptible treatment of the abortion topic (<– and yes, NBC did indeed take a pass on her pilot), sometimes in conjunction with the Christian faith.

But Silverman is part of a celebrity club doing their best to make abortion funny, blasé.

Abortion proponents like Sarah Seltzer of RH Reality Check think is a good thing:

[T]he lack of abortion jokes creates this hyped-up atmosphere of tragedy and controversy around something that is quite common and needs to be discussed more.

Even if Seth McFarlane and the Family Guy team failed miserably to be funny or edgy in their attempts to milk humor from abortion, even if they were crass and sexist, I’d hope the episode would be an opening salvo for more comics, artists and others to talk about this reality in women’s lives that, like all realities, has to contain fodder for humor.

South Park Stick of Truth Randy's abortionWhere Seth MacFarlane failed in his attempt to bring abortion humor to that cartoon, his South Park brand succeeded with the video game Stick of Truth, where the abortion scenes may have been censored elsewhere, but not in the U.S.

And so you’ll read such [<– warning: graphic] comments by gamers intent on completing the abortion as:

  • “I can’t do this for the life of me… How do you take out the thing when you dilate him? Just get blood.”
  • “No I’ve been stuck on the vacuum for ages it’s just silly now, been trying for a few days.”
  • “The guide says, ‘You have three procedures to accomplish to avoid getting shot up by the goons. First, inject the syringe correctly by waiting for the needle to point toward the center of Randy’s groin. Second, spin to dilate. Third, when prompted, move the vacuum from one side to the other until the procedure is complete.'”
  • “With the injection, your character will angle the syringe in three different directions (left, center, and right). When the needle is positioned in the center, press down with the left stick to inject whatever it is that you’re injecting.”

This all makes me sick. These people are oblivious to the fact they’re virtually killing a baby.

But isn’t that the point?

Looking back over the past few years, do you think these growing attempts to destigmatize abortion by making it funny is working in any way?


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