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PBS Edits Tina Fey Criticisms of Sarah Palin on Rape Kits, Gay Marriage, Evolution from Awards Broadcast


PBS insists it was not a political decision to edit a portion of Tina Fey's remarks from its broadcast of her speech at the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Awards on Sunday night, saying that the broadcast went 19 minutes over.

The remarks dealt with her impersonation of Sarah Palin:

"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 - actually, I take it back. The whole thing's a disaster."

Watch a portion of Fey's remarks (the edited part starts at around 12:30), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Oscar hosting tryout?

    Posted by: DMS | Nov 16, 2010 12:21:28 PM

  2. When you hear someone say something terribly stupid--as Tina Fey did--it is compassionate not to draw attention to it. Good for PBS to show some decency.

    Posted by: AG | Nov 16, 2010 12:26:52 PM

  3. PBS is afraid that the new GOP Congress will take away its funding.

    Posted by: Jesse Monteagudo | Nov 16, 2010 12:27:17 PM

  4. She's best known for spoofing Palin, so if you had to cut something for time why the bit about what she is best known for?

    Posted by: Bobo | Nov 16, 2010 12:27:47 PM

  5. That segment fell flat! No one laughed and the clapping happened in the middle... I get why it, as a self-contained chunk of ill-received time, was cut.

    Posted by: Kuhnsy | Nov 16, 2010 12:33:55 PM

  6. Tina Fey is a national treasure-
    Not a shock that she was censored for broadcast- it is what this country is becoming famous for.

    Posted by: Nick | Nov 16, 2010 12:43:33 PM

  7. @AG - you're why we can't have nice things.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 16, 2010 12:45:24 PM

  8. Also, PBS would cut anything that mentioned the word rape outside a documentary against the subject. I highly doubt it had anything to do with Palin.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 16, 2010 12:48:11 PM

  9. Ok, what's up with her hair? Is she suddenly channeling Alice the housekeeper?

    Posted by: MeaCulpa | Nov 16, 2010 1:00:52 PM

  10. Wow, AG. What was stupid about it? I believe it was all true. Can you dispute it? I guess scaring old people with lies about "death panels" for your own personal gain makes you immune from critisism. You, AG, are3 what is wrong with this country.

    Posted by: Mikey | Nov 16, 2010 1:08:27 PM

  11. I can't wait until after 2012 and the whole Palin rollercuntser will finally have gone off the rails.

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Nov 16, 2010 1:19:12 PM

  12. Pre censorship. Reminds a bit from Bush yrs.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Nov 16, 2010 1:26:15 PM

  13. Please. It was legitimate criticism. It was fine. Get a grip.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Nov 16, 2010 1:32:22 PM

  14. So the lame bits about over-sized overall shorts and wanting to kill Lorne Michaels were deemed broadcast worthy? But a reference to an imminently funny bit that is now part of our cultural history is not?

    Own up, PBS. Censor at the wheel.

    Posted by: Brian | Nov 16, 2010 1:38:47 PM

  15. Maddening isn't it? Just like Sarah Palin is to any intelligent person.

    Posted by: Larry Green | Nov 16, 2010 1:55:26 PM

  16. Where does she have room to put all these well-deserved awards?

    Posted by: Ryan | Nov 16, 2010 2:40:30 PM

  17. lol Republican trolls are taking the time to post at this site?

    what's the point AG? are you trying to convert us?

    Posted by: neverstops | Nov 16, 2010 3:20:47 PM

  18. Lame. They went over so they cut the guest of honor's speech? Not political at all, makes perfect sense, no one tuned in to hear from Tina Fey.

    Posted by: DAN A | Nov 16, 2010 5:03:17 PM

  19. i think you're all wrong, PBS was brilliant enough to know that by censoring something on TV which will pop up on the internet, you give it 10 times more media coverage than it would have received had they just shown it unedited in the first place.

    that, or they really were just editing for time since the live show ran over by a good 19 minutes and Tina wasn't the only speaker to have her material cut short.

    Posted by: nickbilz | Nov 16, 2010 6:35:13 PM

  20. Tina Fey's a tedious old gasbag...

    Posted by: daleandersen | Nov 16, 2010 11:22:26 PM

  21. Wow. Guess what, Kuhnsy, satire ain't all about the guffaw!l

    Posted by: TJ | Nov 17, 2010 12:00:11 AM

  22. In the long run, it may have been wiser of PBS to draw attention to what was censored, b/c that's what always gets attention. The focus should be on Palin as the stupid (not business, but basic-knowledge wise) buffoon she is.*

    *not like she'll take the time to learn the basics after she's stupidly-gotten-rich

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Nov 17, 2010 3:14:13 AM

  23. Sad to see that the GOP has a strangle hold on PBS too. Achtung! Dürfen Sie nie sich lustig über dem Führerin zu machen!

    Posted by: darkmoonman | Nov 17, 2010 1:07:39 PM

  24. I'm shocked that the bastion of liberalism that is PBS even acknowledged this. It is about time that someone said to a "comedienne" that enough is enough.

    Posted by: badger68 | Nov 17, 2010 6:15:49 PM

  25. AG, what is "stupid" about it? Palin is on record as being against funding rape kits, against gay marriage, and against evolution. This is not disputed by anyone, including Palin herself. So, if you think it's "stupid," take it up with the Grizzly.

    Posted by: Phaedrusnyc | Nov 18, 2010 1:23:09 PM

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