On Wednesday, Sarah Silverman took to Instagram to write a long post where she vented about the treatment she received from a male radiologist.
The star revealed that she got a mammogram, an x-ray, and an ultrasound. When she was getting prepared for the ultrasound, the doctor touched her in an uncomfortable way.
Sarah Silverman, 48, shared how she had to have three procedures done at her radiologist because she had “dense breasts.” This is described as a woman having more dense tissue than fatty tissue.
Dense breasts also make it more difficult to get screened for cancer. In her Instagram post, the stand-up comedienne and actress revealed that the doctor used his bare hands to smear gel on her bare breasts.
The radiologist, “started talking to me about my chest X-ray (I also got a chest X-Ray) and was pontificating with my boobs just out and covered in gel and cold and finally I said ‘Hey can we either talk when I’m dressed or WHILE you’re doing the ultrasound? I’m not comfortable with my breasts out just shooting the [expletive] with you.”
To add fuel to the fire, as the doctor moved the ultrasound wand over her breasts “he drags his fingers on them and it [expletive] bothers me.” Noting that this had happened before last year, Silverman again asked him if he needed to use his fingers and he said “no” and removed them.
However, he explained to her that “I do that for balance.” The comedienne clarified that she didn’t believe the radiologist was “getting off on it,” but that his alleged actions were troubling.
She explained that she felt, “It is his job to be aware that this is vulnerable for a woman.” Silverman insisted, "Wear [expletive] GLOVES - this isn’t a date."
The star further explained:
“For him to be so arrogant that he didn’t even internalize the problem when I said something to him about it last year is obnoxious and probably a subconscious power thing if we’re getting deep.”
She then vowed to never go back to that radiologist or to any male radiologist. Silverman also explained that she knew personally that he treated his clients in the way he’d treated her.
The comedienne encouraged her fans writing:
“It’s uncomfortable and too easy to think it’s all in your head. And arrogant [expletive] like this doctor take advantage of women’s socialized instinct to not speak up.”
Silverman concluded her lengthy-post by encouraging women to always speak up for themselves. She wrote, “Trust that thing in your gut that tells you this [expletive] ain’t it,” she wrote.
Last month, the star was when she shared the sad news that Hulu had canceled her late-night talk show, “I Love You, America.” The show was canceled after only two seasons.
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