Tina Fey thanks Palin, trashes right wing women during Mark Twain Prize ceremony

Laura Donovan Contributor
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Actress Tina Fey, who was granted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Tuesday, paid a backhanded tribute to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and criticized the rise of conservative women in politics during her award acceptance speech.

“I would be a liar and an idiot if I didn’t thank Sarah Palin for helping me get here tonight,” Fey said.  “My partial resemblance and her crazy voice are the two luckiest things that have ever happened to me.”

In the months leading up to the 2008 presidential election, Fey parodied Palin numerous times on Saturday Night Live.

Fey did not, however, believe her Palin imitations had the biggest social impact out of all her other roles — that is, unless Palin goes on to become president. Fey credited her 2004 film “Mean Girls” as having the biggest social impact on viewers.

Fey wasn’t so complimentary, however, about the sudden increase of conservative women politicians. Fey said the surge is a positive thing for women “unless you don’t want to pay for your own rape kit . . . unless you’re a lesbian who wants to get married to your partner of 20 years . . . [or] unless you believe in evolution.”

WATCH: Fey impersonating  Palin on Saturday Night Live