Tina Fey’s joke about Sarah Palin and conservative female politicians was edited by PBS during Sunday’s broadcast of the Mark Twain Prize ceremony. While accepting the prestigious comedy award, Fey said, “And, you know, politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women — except, of course, those who will end up, you know, like, paying for their own rape kit ‘n’ stuff. But for everybody else, it’s a win-win. Unless you’re a gay woman who wants to marry your partner of 20 years — whatever. But for most women, the success of conservative women is good for all of us. Unless you believe in evolution. You know what? Actually, I take it back. The whole thing’s a disaster.” The entire unedited video can be viewed below (on PBS’s official web site), and the crucial remarks begin at the 12:30 mark:
A PBS executive told the Washington Post that the decision to edit Palin had nothing to do with politics and was rather a matter of keeping the broadcast on schedule. “We had zero problems with anything she said,” said executive producer Peter Kaminsky, who said the ceremony had run 19 minutes too long. “We snipped from everyone.”
To that, I can only say: Really? Politics had nothing to do with PBS cutting the acceptance speech of the ceremony’s honoree? Reeeeally? Fey spoke for 12 minutes and 40 seconds, and the 30-second cut they had to make to keep the broadcast on time just so happened to be the bit about Sarah Palin, rape kits, and evolution? Reeeeally? Time constraints? Not a Republican congress that wants to squash PBS’ federal funding? Reeeeally?
A representative for Fey said that the actress had no comment at this time, but here’s hoping that this sad, ironic episode finds its way into 30 Rock.