The comedian Tina Fey has a serious bone to pick with "grey-faced" men who would have their say on women's reproductive rights. Her comments, surfaced by BuzzFeed, have sparked interest on the Web.
In a talk at the Center for Reproductive Rights' Inaugural Gala last night, the "30 Rock" creator slammed Congressman Todd Akin's definition of "legitimate rape."
The 42-year-old performer, a special guest at the gala, lamented, "I wish we could have an honest and respectful dialogue about these complicated issues. But it seems we can't right now."
The former "Saturday Night Live" star added, "If I have to listen to one more gray-faced man with a two-dollar hair cut explain to me what rape is, I'm gonna lose my mind." In an attempt to sum up Akin's "legitimate rape" phrase, Fey gave up, saying simply, "I can't even finish this sentence without getting dumber."
In a TV interview this summer, Akin explained why he does not believe abortion should be legal in cases of rape. The congressman claimed, "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
Just this week, Indiana Sen. Richard Mourdock also came under for fire for saying that, "Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."
President Obama responded to both of the bizarre explanations of rape during his appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," saying "I don't know how these guys come up with these ideas," adding, "Let me make a very simple proposition. Rape is rape. It is a crime."
- Tina Fey