I've never considered myself a fan of comedian Sarah Silverman, and I'm sure after her outspoken activism during the 2016 election not many conservatives do. However, the first episode of her Hulu show, "I Love You America" has me singing a slightly different tune.
With the political divide widening last week after rapper Eminem flipped off pro-Trump fans, and late night host Seth Meyer also telling his fans to pick between him and Trump, Silverman's show, which premiered on Oct. 12, has been a breath of fresh air so far.
In one segment, Silverman shows a clip of her visiting a family of "Christian, gun-owning, Trump voters" from Louisiana. As they cooked and shared a meal, the family and Silverman discussed healthcare, gay marriage, and why they voted for Trump. In the end, among many hugs goodbye, Silverman reflected that despite not changing any minds, "we did learn that we don't have to be divided to disagree."
Later in the show, Silverman interviews Megan Phelps-Roper, a former member of the Westboro Baptist Church. Even though it included a few classic Silverman-styled jokes, the interview was deeply thought-provoking, vulnerable, and emphasized the importance of having uncomfortable conversations. Roper told Silverman, "[extremists are] psychologically normal people, who have been persuaded by bad ideas, and we can't expect to isolate those people and hope that those ideas fade into oblivion."
I still disagree with Silverman's politics. I still don't know what else could pop up on her show (like that awkward moment of nudity during her opening monologue). And there's no doubt that there will continue to be a prominent liberal voice on the show. But based on these two segments from the first episode, I think she deserves a hand for being a sane voice of the liberal elites calling for conversation.
It's strange to admit that championing debates, and accepting the reality of diverting political perspectives, needs to be celebrated — but that's also reality. So, credit where credit is due.
Gabriella Muñoz is a commentary desk intern with the Washington Examiner and a student at Georgetown University.