“To a degree, everyone’s going to be offended by something, so you can’t just decide on your material based on not offending anyone,” Silverman acknowledged. “But, I do think it’s important, as a comedian, as a human, to change with the times. I think it’s a sign of being old if you’re put off by that.”
Silverman said personal experience helped her realize that she should avoid using certain words as punchlines. While she used to defend her use of the word “gay” as a stand-in for “lame,” she eventually realized, “I have become the guy from 50 years ago who said, ‘I say colored, I have colored friends.'”
Silverman made a subtle jab at the older generation of comics who argue that the current generation of college students is overly sensitive.
“You have to listen to the college-aged, because they lead the revolution,” she said. “They’re pretty much always on the right side of history.”
Watch the video below, via Vanity Fair.