“If I have to listen to one more gray-faced man with a $2 haircut explain to me what rape is, I’m gonna lose my mind,” exclaimed Tina Fey at a Center for Reproductive Rights Inaugural Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The star and creator of NBC’s “30 Rock” was referring to male politicians’ stances on rape and how they affect women.
“I wish we could have an honest and respectful dialogue about these complicated issues, but it seems like we can’t right now,” Fey bluntly states. “I watch these guys and I’m like: What is happening? Am I a secretary on ‘Mad Men’?”
The former “Saturday Night Live” frontwoman then took direct aim at Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who made headlines in August when he revealed his bizarre and inaccurate theories about rape during an interview on Fox’s “Jaco Report.”
“From what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape is] really rare,” Akin baselessly stated in the interview. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
Fey briefly began to reiterate what the congressman said, but cut herself off, saying “It’s making me dumber when I say it.” Before she dropped the subject, the queen of comedy took one more shot at the misinformed member of the House.
“But it’s something about the body not being able to get pregnant when it’s under physical stress,” Fey explained. “Mr. Akin, I think you are confusing the phrase ‘legitimate rape’ with the phrase ‘competitive gymnastics.’”
The Republican Senate candidate in Indiana, Richard Mourdock, similarly got in trouble when he said Tuesday that if a conception results from a rape, it is "what God intended."