Sarah Silverman vs TED??
So comedian Sarah Silverman was invited to speak at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), which usually is the domain of people like Al Gore, Tony Robbins, J.J. Abrams, Bill Gates, etc. Frankly I’m not sure what they were thinking when they invited Silverman to speak there, don’t get me wrong, she is a talented comedian but, perhaps her brand of humour isn’t exactly the right fit for the group that she would be speaking to. The following quote is from TED’s own website:
Is TED elitist?
That’s a word to be very careful with. The answer is yes (in a good way), but also no.
If you know anything about Sarah Silverman you probably know that she is an odd choice for such a group. Yet they did choose her, and she did speak. Apparently organizer Chris Anderson of TED either had no idea who she was before she spoke or…….I’m not sure what else he could have been thinking really. After she presented he sent out this tweet:
“I know I shouldn’t say this about one of my own speakers, but I thought Sarah Silverman was god-awful…”
You’re right Chris, you shouldn’t be saying that about one of your own speakers! Think before you tweet Chris. I mean, talk about throwing someone under the bus after they come and speak at YOUR event. I guess he did realize that he really shouldn’t have said it because he quickly deleted his tweet…..not quickly enough though. Silverman shot back with this:
Kudos to @TEDChris for making TED an unsafe haven for all! You’re a barnacle of mediocrity on Bill Gates’ asshole.
Which in turn, was followed by this from Steve Case, formerly of Time Warner and AOL. Why Case felt the need to stick his nose into this situation is beyond me but, here goes:
Which, not surprisingly was followed by this from Silverman:
@SteveCase You should be nicer to the last person on earth w an aol account.
Then this from Case:
Followed again by Silverman:
Okay, so what have we learned?
- To have some idea of the type of person you are inviting to speak at your event
- To not trash the speakers at your event in view of millions of people
- To not get involved in someone else’s fight
- To not get into a public insult contest with a comedian
To see what Chris Anderson learned, you can read this post that he has just recently put up talking about the situation.