A women’s shelter on Wednesday cut the comedian Sandra Bernhard from its annual benefit after she joked Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin would be gang-raped if she ever visited New York.
The female headliner made shocking remarks last month during her one-woman show in Washington before Sarah Palin visited New York to campaign. Sandra Bernhard joked that Sarah Palin would be â€œgang-raped by my big black brothersâ€ during a diatribe in which she also criticized Palin for opposing abortion rights.
Many guests at Rosieâ€™s Place, a Boston shelter, have been victims of violence, according to the public relations director Leemarie Mosca.
The public relations director explained: “In light of our mission, we donâ€™t think violence against women is a laughing matter.”
Leemarie Mosca revealed that the shelter expected to book a replacement before the Oct. 16 luncheon â€œFunny Women … Serious Business,â€ saying: “Right now, our main focus is our event and making sure the event is a success. And for us, that means not including Sandra Bernhard at this time.”
A representative for Bernhard had no immediate comment on the cancellation.
In a statement on her Web site, Sandra Bernhard explained that the gang-rape comment was part of a larger piece from her show about â€œracism, freedom, womenâ€™s rights, and the extreme views of Gov. Sarah Palin â€” a woman who doesnâ€™t believe that other women should have the right to choose.â€
The comedian added: “I certainly wish Gov. Palin no harm â€” Iâ€™d just like her to explain to me how she can hold such outrageous views … and then go back to Alaska.”