Comedian Sarah Silverman’s new PSA is making the viral rounds this week; it’s not often you see a clip of a Jewish standup comic hanging out with “Jesus Christ,” kicking back to an NCIS marathon and discussing heavy issues like abortion.
But at DFW.com, the video caught our eye for a few other reasons: 1) It name-checks Texas Gov. Rick Perry (and if you know anything about the uber-edgy Silverman, you know it’s not in a good way) and 2) Kitty Wigs!
If you haven’t seen it yet (embed is below), a little explaining. In the video, Silverman explains she was visited by Jesus Christ, who wants her to be the one to spread his message to the people. That, according to the video, includes a pro-choice message that also shows tolerance for those on the pro-life side of the argument.
One of the scenes shows the comedian braiding Jesus’ hair, while he flips through a copy of none other than Glamourpuss: The Enchanting World of Kitty Wigs, the bestselling gift book by Julie Jackson and former Star-Telegram photographer Jill Johnson.
We reached out to Jill, who was delighted by the Kitty Wigs appearance.
“Having a conversation about women’s reproductive rights with Jesus while looking over my photos of cats in wigs almost caused me to pee in my pants!” she said. “Why not use humor and facts to reach people? She is cutting edge and I love her for it. I know her message will not go over well in Texas but I applaud her effort.”
She added: “And I think Rick Perry needs a signed copy of the book.”
As for the governor, he gets a shout-out in part of the video that refers to some states making new laws that limit women’s access to abortions. “Like in Texas,” Silverman says. “If Governor Rick Perry gets his way, it will go from having 42 women’s health clinics to five. Do you know how big Texas is? It’s like the size of 27 New Hampshires. That’s one women’s health clinic every 5 1/2 New Hampshires.”
The video is in support of Lady Parts Justice, which, according to its Facebook description, is “a national women’s movement focused on using humor and outrage to remove bodily autonomy-hating LOCAL politicians in 2014 and beyond.”