Sarah Silverman makes a very important point about the gender wage gap in a hysterical new commercial for the National Women’s Law Center. It’s a total must-see — check out the NSFW video!
The hilarious Sarah Silverman, 43, lends her comedic talents to an eye-opening campaign to raise awareness of a very serious issue. In true Sarah fashion, the video is shocking, but in more ways than one! You wouldn’t believe the prevalence of the problem of pay inequality in the U.S. — the amount of money that women lose out on in their lifetimes for simply being women is absolutely staggering. No wonder Sarah is seeking a sex change!
Sarah Silverman’s Pay Inequality Campaign: Comedian Seeks A Sex Change — Watch
The video is set in a doctor’s office, where Sarah introduces herself as a “writer, comedian, and vagina owner,” before rattling off shocking statistics which shed light on the huge problem in this country of wage inequality.
“Women make up almost half the working population, yet we typically earn just 78 cents to every dollar a man makes in almost every profession,” Sarah says, “like doctors, lawyers, teachers, miners, and even the oldest profession of them all…” Here, she gestures to a scantily-clad woman leaning against a wall. “Tailors,” of course. Did you think she meant something else?
She mentions that $500,000 is the average amount that women are deprived off in their working career, calling it a “vagina tax!”
Sarah goes on to offer her solution to the problem — a sex change operation! Her doctor, SNL alum and Trophy Wives star, Michaela Watkins, brings out some ridiculous genitalia options for the comic to choose from. Sarah picks one that goes with her boots, and says a sad goodbye to her breasts — Rizzoli and Isles. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the outrageous Sarah!
Sarah Silverman Wants To Raise The $30 Trillion Women Are Owed
The campaign is calling for audiences to donate to the National Women’s Law Center, a non-profit which strives to obtain pay equality for women. Facetiously, Sarah says that their goal is to crowdfund and compensate working women for what they are owed — a massive $30 trillion.
Of course, all money will simply go to the National Women’s Law Center as they work to change legislation and to make corporations more accountable.
Casey Rand is the creative director at Droga5, the ad agency behind Sarah’s commercial. “Equal pay may not be a sexy issue, but it’s an important one… and it is absurd,” Casey tells AdWeek. “Young women need to know what’s at stake. And we knew that to get them to engage, we’d need to play up that absurdity.”
More power to Sarah for shedding some light on a serious issue! What do you think of the video, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!
— Maryam Rasheed