Los Angeles — Comedienne Sarah Silverman kicked off her Hulu show I Love You, America with full frontal nudity.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ms. Silverman said what needed to be said: We need some real-life nudity in public places.
“When someone pitched the picture-the-audience-naked concept, I went, ‘Ugh, that’s so trite. You thought of that because you’ve seen it before on television,'” explained Ms. Silverman after the taping. “So we just leaned into that trope and made it into something totally, in my opinion, original.” And after all, this is a streaming service, not some broadcast network with strict standards and practices limits. “I wanted to take advantage of the fact that we are on a network where we can see nudity, clinical nudity.”
But that’s not the only reason Ms. Silverman had for filming the pair – a man named Scott and a woman named Stella – naked. She hopes to normalize nudity and told the cameraperson to pan down to the duo’s genitals. “It’s totally nonsexual nudity and yet it’s so jarring to see because we’re not used to it, especially in America. So I just got excited about showing clinical nudity — you know, a flaccid penis and balls and pubes and a vagina and just human, fleshy, beautiful bodies,” she said. “All it takes is exposure to be used to things.”
And that is precisely what the host hopes to give viewers in the decet of episodes in I Love You, America, so that the viewers are educated and change their thinking around nudity. “So much of closed-mindedness, hatred, intolerance is just a lack of exposure.” she continues, noting that oftentimes people who are more progressive tend to move to the coasts (i.e. Los Angeles or New York.) “And that leaves all the places we come from — New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska — left without being exposed to different people.”
In the episodes that aired thus far, she visited a parish in Louisiana where a conservative family had never previously met a Jewish person. Also, Ms. Silverman sat down with a former member of Westboro Baptist Church.