Bernhard Gets the Boot After Gang Rape Joke About Palin

Not 'a laughing matter,' says charity
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Oct 2, 2008 7:59 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Comedian Sandra Bernhard lost her gig at a fundraiser for a Boston homeless women's shelter after making a gang-rape joke about Sarah Palin, reports the Boston Herald. Bernhard joked last month that Palin would be "gang-raped by my big black brothers" if she came to Manhattan; the women's shelter heard about it and pulled the plug yesterday. “We were horrified so we decided that we wouldn’t have her at our event,” the director said.

In a statement on her website, Bernhard said the comment was part of a show on "racism, freedom, women's rights, and the extreme views of Gov. Sarah Palin—a woman who doesn't believe that other women should have the right to choose." She adds: "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."