Suggesting miscegenist rape for Sarah Palin didn’t turn out too well for Sandra Bernhard. Granted, the statement was meant more like Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal than Elridge Cleaver’s essay in Soul on Ice.
In a statement on her Website, Bernhard said the gang rape comment was part of a larger piece from her show:
That comment is part of a much larger, nuanced, and yes, provocative (that’s what I do) piece from my show about racism, freedom, women’s rights, and the extreme views of Governor Sarah Palin—a woman who doesn’t believe that other women should have the right to choose, even in cases of rape or incest; a woman whose administration forced the victims of violent crime to pay for their own rape kits. Women deserve better. I certainly wish Governor Palin no harm—I’d just like her to explain to me how she can hold such outrageous views…and then go back to Alaska.
Bernhard, who delivered the monologue last month in Washington D.C. got fired from an October 16 event “Funny Women … Serious Business” put on by the Boston-based Rosie’s Place, a domestic violence shelter for women after the shelter’s executive director, Sue March, was informed of the comic’s remarks in an email.
“We were horrified so we decided that we wouldn’t have her at our event,” Marsh said.
Many guests at Rosie’s Place have been victims of violence, said Leemarie Mosca, the shelter’s public relations director.
"In light of our mission, we don’t think violence against women is a laughing matter," she said.
The Hynes Convention Center will still go on as planned but a replacement for Bernhard hasn’t been tapped. Maybe Margaret Cho’s available.