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Did PBS censor Tina Fey's controversial Sarah Palin remarks?
The comedienne's acceptance speech at a recent awards ceremony was cut short. Was it politics or just time constraints?
 
In her speech, Tina Fey joked that Sarah Palin's success is good for all women "unless you believe in evolution."
In her speech, Tina Fey joked that Sarah Palin's success is good for all women "unless you believe in evolution."
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The video: On Sunday night, PBS broadcast "The Thirteenth Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor." The award's recipient, Tina Fey, gave what was initially called a "genuinely sweet" and "self-deprecating [acceptance] speech that was equal parts dry and witty." But Fey, it turns out, was not entirely sweet. Today, The Washington Post reports that PBS cut some "anti-Palin remarks" Fey made in her speech, including jokes about rape kits and evolution. (Watch Fey's unedited speech below; the portion PBS cut begins around 12:30.) One of the show's producers insists that Fey's remarks were trimmed merely because of time constrictions, saying "it was not a political decision." Commentators, however, aren't so sure.
The reaction: Sure, Fey "got a little political airbrushing," says Paul Farhi, in The Reliable Source column in The Washington Post, but it's not the first time a Twain winner has been edited for being too risqué. When George Carlin was posthumously awarded the prize in 2008, the show's producers played a video of his famous "Seven Dirty Words" routine, but bleeped out key bits. Whatever PBS's motivation, says Robyn at Celebrity Dirty Laundry, it was a good cut. "I am not a huge fan of Sarah Palin but really there is a time and a place to voice your opinion." C'mon, it was a genuinely funny moment, says Funny Or Die. Fey "nailed it" with her "pointed Palin joke." See for yourself:

 

 

 

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