There’s an episode of the popular Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in which Kimmy’s hippie landlord, Lillian, mistakes a Verizon FiOS surveyor mark for a gang graffiti tag.
Now, essentially the same thing has happened in real life — only ten times worse.
On Sunday, liberal loudmouth and noted Bernie Sanders supporter Sarah Silverman was aghast to find apparent swastikas painted “all over a sidewalk in the town I’m in”:
Walking to get coffee saw these all over a sidewalk in the town I’m in. Is this an attempt at swastikas? Do neo nazis not have google? pic.twitter.com/A4ses1G3ru
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 12, 2017
No normal person would see those markings and think Neo-Nazis had vandalized the town — it’s pretty clear that they’re surveyor markings. But as Silverman is a comedian, there was a chance that she was just making a terrible joke.
But she wasn’t. She legitimately thought they were swastikas, as later she tweeted:
It’s a construction marker. Innocent mistake for a Jew that gets “burn in an oven!” at least weekly on twitter. Still pretty close though.. pic.twitter.com/8Gsuy3QkuE
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 13, 2017
The ridicule on Twitter was instant — and it came from both sides:
@SarahKSilverman I’m sorry. But construction markers are pretty obvious AND it looks like a cursive x at best. As a fellow liberal, stop. ✋️
— CHØ †HE ΔMΔZING (@chotheamazing) February 13, 2017
@SarahKSilverman You have the ability to see hate where none exists. It’s a gift.
— gdike (@gdike) February 13, 2017
@SarahKSilverman as a fellow Hebrew comedian… just… how high were you?
— Jason Elia (@jedijamesdean) February 13, 2017
@SarahKSilverman 🔀 Look Sarah, a swastika emoji!
— Adam Wilson (@tootnanny) February 13, 2017