Journey's Perry Offended by Sarah Silverman's Racial Slur Claim
Steve Perry From the Band Journey Responds to Claim by Sarah Silverman in Playboy that he Used a Racial Slur When Talking to Her After a Show
Sarah Silverman gave an interview to Playboy Magazine set to hit stands on Friday, and when asked about how people respond to her style of humor and her use of ethnic and racial slurs, she told a story about how 'a onetime lead singer of a very popular band from the 1980s' approached her after a show and said:
“You’re my favorite comedian. You have the best nigger jokes.”
Silverman never did name Steve Perry directly but she did state that after that encounter she 'stopped believin'', which is a reference to the band's hit Don't Stop Believin'.
Steve Perry however, is quite offended by Silverman's implication that he said anything of the sort. He gave an interview to Rolling Stone in which he addressed the comment he supposedly made and said said he was shocked that she would say something like that as she was so nice.
“I don’t understand why she would go there, it’s so bizarre. I don’t use that word, are you kidding? That’s so derogatory.”
Perry, like many fans and non-fans of Silverman's comedy marveled at the fact that she was able to use almost every racial slur known to man and still get laughs from an audience made up of all ethnic groups. He has met Silverman a few times and although he did say something to her about her comedy routine, he says that what she said about him is just an extension of her comedy as that's not how it happened.
“I walked up to her after the show and I said, ‘I can’t believe that somehow you seem to be getting away with all these slurs and the n-word, I just can’t believe how you’re doing this,’ and I looked at my friend and I said, ‘I can’t believe how she’s getting away with this,’
Perry still marveled at Silverman's comedy however and recommended everyone see her show, just to see her walk the fine line between political correctness and comedy. He says she leaves no ethnic background out, except maybe Portuguese, which is his background.