The video we’ve all seen of Tina Fey’s acceptance speech for the Mark Twain prize might have been edited a bit strategically. Viewers watching PBS or the circulated excerpts saw Tina Fey thank Palin for her “partial resemblance and crazy voice” but they didn’t hear her say this:
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.
The 90-minute ceremony ran nineteen minutes too long, according to PBS, so they had to edit out some stuff. Like the pointed, topical political humor. (The Washington Post, which reported the story, helpfully provides a link — go to the twelve-minute mark of the second video.)