‘IT F-ING BOTHERS ME’: Sarah Silverman blasts doc who touched her breasts with ‘his bare hands’
'IT F---ING BOTHERS ME': Sarah Silverman blasts doc who touched her breasts with 'his bare hands'
Published on: February 7, 2019 | Last Updated: February 7, 2019 6:13 PM EST
Sarah Silverman poses in the press room at the 24th annual Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. Jordan Strauss / Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Sarah Silverman is urging women to speak up for themselves after experiencing an uncomfortable mammogram, during which her doctor used his bare hands to examine her breasts.
The Ralph Breaks the Internet star underwent a mammogram, X-ray, and ultrasound on Wednesday and reveals the appointment quickly went downhill because the radiologist did not put on gloves before examining her. She also felt uncomfortable because he began to speak with her about her exam while her breasts were still out.
“He opened my gown and put gel on my breasts and smeared it around with his bare hands,” she writes on Instagram. “Then he started talking to me about my 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 about this when I’m dressed or WHILE your doing the ultrasound? I’m not comfortable with my breasts out just shooting the s— with you (sic).”
Silverman also took issue with the radiologist after he began to examine her breasts with his fingers.
“He smears the gel on with his hands and NO GLOVES on and when he glides the ultrasound wand thing over my breasts he drags his fingers on them and it f—ing bothers me…,” she adds. “I said, ‘Hey! Do you need to be touching me with your fingers?’ He said, ‘No’. And he pulled them off of me. Then he added, ‘I do that for balance’. I said, ‘Well I believe in you and I think you can do with without your fingers on me (sic)?’”
Silverman insists she doesn’t believe the radiologist was inappropriate but feels he should have been more sensitive.
“I’m a grown woman and I’m fine,” she adds. “But this guy does this with everyone and I know that personally it took many years into adulthood before I spoke up for myself. It’s uncomfortable and too easy to think it’s all in your head…”
“All this to say, ‘Speak up’,” she concludes. “Trust that thing in your gut that tells you, ‘This s**t ain’t right’.”