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PBS censors Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin commentary

Tina Fey is my hero.

And it’s not just because she’s brilliant, successful, and can send me into convulsive laughter with a single Liz Lemon-ism.

Tina’s not one to keep quiet about her opinions, especially when it comes to women in the media. As Saturday Night Live‘s first female head writer, she knows a thing or two about fighting for women’s rights.

Enter Sarah Palin.

Tina had a few choice words for her sometimes-doppelganger during her acceptance speech for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, but PBS cut the remarks from their broadcast. Whether or not executives were trying to censor Tina’s political jabs, audiences at home missed out on her kind of awesome outspoken commentary.

Tina told the crowd: “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.”

Whether you agree or not, you have to admit Tina’s got guts. Watch the video below:

Watch the full episode. See more Mark Twain Prize.

— Michelle Konstantinovsky is a student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and an avid admirer of shiny objects and preteen entertainment. It would be nice if you visited her website: www.michellekmedia.com. Also, she may learn to use Twitter more effectively if you follow her @michelley415.

3 thoughts on “PBS censors Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin commentary

  1. This is completely irrelevant to self image… This is nothing but pointless the political input of a writer who is simultaneously oogling over a personal idol.

    When I come here, I don’t want to see a single thing about politics, especially when it bashes another individual. This is the opposite of the sites purpose.

    There is a reason her words weren’t aired on TV. It’s nothing but a caustic and rather vicious political jab barely sugarcoated with the false pretense of a joke.

  2. Ariel,

    The personal is political and the political is personal.

    While this kind of discussion may not fit into your very narrow view of what self image is, I would argue there are other levels on the spectrum.

    Politics in America are viewed through the lens that is the media, and where this lens shines on women and feminist issues, this blog has the right to speak about it.

    This article speaks to the cultural self image of American women, whether you like the message or not.

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