Bernhard upset after being cut from benefit

October 2, 2008 9:41:51 AM PDT
Comedian Sandra Bernhard says the decision by a Boston women's shelter to cut her act from its annual benefit was based on a misleading account of what she said about Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Bernhard said Palin would be "gang-raped by my big black brothers" during a diatribe in her one-woman show in Washington last month in which she also criticized Palin for opposing abortion rights.

Bernhard made the remarks before Palin visited New York to campaign.

Bernhard says the comment was part of a larger piece from her show about "women, racism, freedom and the extreme views of Governor Sarah Palin" and that her words were taken out of context.