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Sarah Silverman, Emmy Awards 2014

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Twitter is full of critics.

While celebrating Christmas with her boyfriend Michael Sheen, comedienne Sarah Silverman tweeted five heart emojis and wrote, "MERRY CHRISTMAS! Jesus was gender fluid!" The tweet offended some of her followers, though it did make some laugh and received more than 3,000 "likes." In response to the backlash she received, Silverman defended her tweet Tuesday night.

To silence her haters, Silverman tweeted a screenshot of typed note from her iPhone and prefaced it by writing, "I prefer not to respond to nonsense but here (re Jesus being gender fluid tweet, which I still love)." The comic stood by what she had tweeted, explaining, "I was in Wales w my boyfriend and his family. I was sitting in the car on the way to Christmas at his sister's and figured I'd sent out a Christmas tweet. Decided to add on a word from our collective vocabulary since, to me, it's funny, beautiful, and true in that He is all of us. The absolute best is when the (adorable) haters write 'I'd like to see you make fun of Jews!' Um, hi, have we met??"

Silverman doesn't seem too bothered by the blowback, but it's exactly that kind of Internet drama that has kept comediennes like Tina Fey off social media. As the Sisters star recently told Net-a-Porter, she's uninterested in defending her jokes. "Steer clear of the Internet and you'll live forever. We did an Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt episode and the Internet was in a whirlwind, calling it 'racist,' but my new goal is not to explain jokes." Fey, who created the Emmy-nominated Netflix series with Robert Carlock, was referring to white actress Jane Krakowski's character, Jacqueline Voorhees, who rejects her Native American in Season 1. "I feel like we put so much effort into writing and crafting everything, they need to speak for themselves," she said. "There's a real culture of demanding apologies, and I'm opting out of that."