Comedian Sarah Silverman said in the latest episode of her Hulu show that she was “scared” and “shaken” when a former boyfriend put up an American Flag in his front yard.
Silverman’s show is ironically titled, “I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman,” but in this week’s episode Silverman explains why patriotism and American exceptionalism freaks her out.
Silverman opens the show with a monologue about the time her ex-boyfriend decided to raise an American Flag outside of his house, recalling how disturbed she was by the event.
“I had a boyfriend many years ago, he was my first boyfriend who had his own house, and one day I went outside to see what he was doing, and he was hoisting an American flag up the flagpole in his front yard,” she remembered. “And I instantly felt very weird. It didn’t make sense, but I felt this feeling of like, um, I felt scared – yeah, I felt scared. ”
Silverman said she asked him why he was putting the flag up, and he responded, “because I love America.”
“I was like, ‘Right, right, of course.’” she said. “But inside I was shaken.”
The comedian called her sister to explain what had happened, and her Rabbi sister told her that “nationalism is innately terrifying for Jews.”
“Right. Of course. Duh. It made sense,” Silverman asserted.
Silverman said later in the episode that patriotism is loving your country but nationalism is saying, ‘we’re number one,’ and is linked to xenophobia and racism.
“I fear that ‘We’re number one’ nationalism is really like an old bed buddy of racism and xenophobia,” she argued.