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    Wed, 24 Mar 2010 08:10:55

    Steve Perry Denies Sarah Silverman's Claims That He Likes Her Racist Jokes - Whoa! Comic Sarah Silverman hinted <i>Playboy</i> that the ex-Journey singer commented on her humor in a politically incorrect way

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    According to RollingStone.com, in an interview with Playboy, irreverent comic Sarah Silverman intimated that "the onetime lead singer of a very popular band from the 1980s" approached her after a show and praised her for her jokes and claimed she tells the best, ahem, "N" word jokes. Silverman played coy and did not reveal the singer's identity, but she buried a clue when she said, "After that, I stopped believin', " which is a thinly veiled reference to Journey's massive hit, "Don’t Stop Believin', "which made one think Journey and then leap to thinking Journey! The song actually enjoyed a revival when it closed out The Sopranos season finale.

    The magazine reached out to Perry, who admitted he approached the comedienne a long time ago but that's not how the exchange went. He said he didn’t use the "N" word and that he was shocked that Silverman would hint that he did so. Perry indicated that he told her he was surprised that she gets away with some of the racial bits she does, without condemning or condoning it.

    Sounds like a tale of "he said, she said."

    Did Silverman commit an interview faux pas by making references that are as thinly veiled as a lambskin condom? Should she have been more forthright? Do you think that this is much ado about political correctness?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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