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Sarah Silverman: Better to get a Hollywood star than have to sew one on

Jewish comedian mentions recent rise in anti-Semitism while accepting star on Hollywood walk of fame

Star/executive producer Sarah Silverman participates in a panel during the Hulu Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, July 27, 2017. (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
Star/executive producer Sarah Silverman participates in a panel during the Hulu Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, July 27, 2017. (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

JTA — Comedian Sarah Silverman struck a decidedly uncomedic tone in an acceptance speech after being granted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, warning of resurgent anti-Semitism in the US.

“In a scary time when anti-Semitic crime is up 57 percent since 2016, it’s not lost on me how lucky I am to be given a star and not have to sew it on my clothes,” the Jewish comedian said after her star was unveiled on Friday.

Silverman repeated the line — a reference to the yellow stars that Nazis forced Jews to wear during World War II — later that day in an appearance on Bill Maher’s HBO show.

“I don’t know if that’s gallows humor or just it’s-funny-because-it’s-true humor,” she said on “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

Silverman appeared to be referring to a report by the Anti-Defamation League that showed anti-Semitic incidents spiked in 2017, with a 57 percent increase since the previous year.

That number includes more than 160 bomb threats sent to Jewish community centers in early 2017 by a Jewish teen from Israel.

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