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Tina Fey fans outraged that they didn’t get to see one of her jokes bomb

When Tina Fey accepted the Mark Twain Prize for Impersonating People We Don’t Like, she made this joke:

“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.”

Ha ha ha! But as the intrepid Paul Farhi at the Washington Post discovered, PBS cut that joke when the event was broadcast Sunday night:

Was PBS shielding its viewers from Fey’s more pointed remarks?

“It was not a political decision,” responded Peter Kaminsky, one of the broadcast’s executive producers. “We had zero problems with anything she said.”

But with the 90-minute show running about 19 minutes long after the taping Tuesday night, a few things had to give, Kaminsky said. “We took a lot out,” he said. “We snipped from everyone.”

Scandal! Well, let’s look at the tape. The joke in question starts at about the 12:30 in the following clip from the PBS site:

Watch the full episode. See more Mark Twain Prize.

So it got a bit of a rocky reception. Could it be that PBS thought they were helping out the winner of a humor prize by cutting out a joke that left the audience cold? No, more likely they’re a bunch of underhanded right-wing censors. Y’know. At PBS.