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The Trailer for Sarah Silverman’s New Show I Love You, America Is a Musical Examination of White Privilege

That's my exact aesthetic.

Earlier this year, Hulu announced they were developing a comedy/variety/talk show with Sarah Silverman called I Love You, America. She got a ten-episode, straight-to-series order and was said to be a “balanced” look at the social and political climate in America right now. A statement from Hulu said Silverman is “looking to connect with people who may not agree with her personal opinions through honesty, humor, genuine interest in others and not taking herself too seriously. While it’s great to connect with like-minded people, Silverman feels it’s crucial, now more than ever, to connect with un-like-minded people.”

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To be honest, that sounded like some middle-of-the-road, both-sidesism, and personally, that holds zero appeal for me. But from the trailer above, it looks like this will be less about making sure Trump voters and white nationalists feel heard, and more about learning about our blindspots from those with different life experiences.

The trailer starts out with a very Sarah Silverman song about loving all different types of people, only to realize that relegating people to categories, she’s part of the problem.

Other revelations include realizing that it’s easy for her to say she loves police officers because thanks to her own privilege, she’s never had to doubt their dedication to protecting her, and that before social media, she was blind to the violence and systemic discrimination black communities face at the hands of the police. At the same time, it’s no one’s job to teach her about the black experience, not even Retta.

Plus, more singing.

What do you all think? Will you be watching? I Love You, America premieres October 12th on Hulu.

(via AV Club, image: YouTube)

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Vivian Kane
Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.

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