The good news is Tina Fey was the youngest person and the third woman ever to receive the Mark Twain Prize for Humor last week, and great comedians like Steve Martin, Amy Poehler, Betty White, and Tracy Morgan had plenty of great things to say about her. The bad news is PBS is lame, and they cut a part of her acceptance speech where she talked about Sarah Palin and the politics of conservative women. The unedited speech leaked, however, and went viral, exposing what the network deemed worthy of censoring editing. 

The joke PBS didn't air was, "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." 

Unsurprisingly, PBS is claiming the cut had nothing to do with politics, but rather with time. Apparently, the show was already running 19 minutes too long, and "everyone got snipped". 

I guess they figured those 30 seconds of Fey's speech just wouldn't make a difference, huh. 

The part of her speech that got edited has been flagged from youtube, by the way, but in this segment of Anderson Cooper's show on CNN, you can see both clips; cut and uncut. 

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PHOTO COURTESY OF: pursuitist.com

Tagged in: tina fey, PBS, mark twain prize, General, censorship   

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