Tina Fey speaks out on Todd Akin's 'legitimate rape' comment - See video
Tina Fey spoke at Center for Reproductive Rights' Inaugural Gala in New York Wednesday, October 24, and made the crowd laugh by lampooning comments made by Republican Congressman Todd Akin.
"I wish we could have an honest and respectful dialogue about these issues but it seems like we can't right now," Fey said during her speech, which can be viewed below. "And if I have to listen to one more gray-faced man with a $2 haircut explain to me what rape is, I'm going to lose my mind."
Fey added, "I watch these guys and I'm like, 'What is happening? Am I a secretary on 'Mad Men'?"
Fey appeared to be taking aim at Republican Missouri senate candidate Congressman Todd Aiken as well as Republican Senate candidate and the Treasurer of Indiana, Richard Mourdock. In August, Akin was interviewed and asked about his viewers on whether he believed women who became pregnant from rape should be allowed to have the option of abortion.
"Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question," he replied. "First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
Fey tried to explain to the crowd Akin's comment but stopped herself mid-sentence.
"Todd Akin claims that women can't really get pregnant from a legitimate rape because the body secretes hormones -- you know what, I can't even finish this sentence without getting dumber. It's making me dumber when I say it," Fey said. "Mr. Akin, I think you're confusing the term rape with competitive gymnastics."
It was announced earlier this month that Fey and her fellow "Saturday Night Live" cast member Amy Poehler will host the Golden Globe Awards.
The two comedians also appeared together in the 2008 comedy "Baby Mama" and the 2004 Lindsay Lohan movie "Mean Girls."
Fey currently writes and stars on the NBC sitcom "30 Rock" which just kicked off its seventh and final season. "30 Rock" began in 2006 and is loosely based on Fey's experiences on "Saturday Night Live."
Check out a clip from Fey's speech at the Reproductive Rights' Inaugural Gala below, courtesy of Mediaite.