Sandra Bernhard Goes Way Off Message

Gay comedian Sandra Bernhard is drawing fire for her outrageous comments about Sarah Palin. “Sandra warns Sarah Palin not to come into Manhattan lest she get gang-raped by some of Sandra’s big black brothers, she’s being provocative, combative, humorous, and yes, let’s allow, disgusting.” Theater critic Ari Roth said in an review of her new show Without You I’m Nothing. I don’t think it’s that humorous and it certainly doesn’t help Obama win votes. It looks like Bernhard is more worried about getting press (and making money) than moving America forward. How sad.

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  • Carl

    I feel like this post is a little misguided. I don’t think she is trying to win votes for Obama. She is trying to make a point about Palin’s oppressive stance on abortion and rape. While poorly executed, this is not really anything new for Sandra.

  • rob

    I laughed. It’s funny. Not only is getting gang-raped hot but now it’s funny.

  • ryandavis

    It is stupider than she usually is.

  • Darth Paul

    Rob is funny.

  • ML

    She’s always been a crass attention whore — not that there’s anything wrong with that. But, anyone who pays to see her, knows what they’re getting.

  • Jack Jett

    Cheap shot Queerty. Really cheap.

    Grow a fucking set of balls and then use them.

    Seems we have lost our ACT UP spirit. Palin is a liar, homophobe, bigot, sexist, neo-con and you call Sandra on her shit? Give me a fucking break.

    Some of us pick up the mud that is thrown in our face, pick it up and throw it right back in the bigots face.

    We have to stop taking a rubber knife to a gun fight.

    Black men have too much taste to want to fuck Sarha Palin’s pussy, much less rape it.

    When did you guys get so holier than thou. Sometimes things don’t revolve around Obama or Lance Bass.

  • Roy Pyatt

    We don’t know in what context Sandra Bernhard said these things. She has always said outlandish stuff as part of an act. But even if she was serious she is her own person.
    But I agree with Rob gang-rape sounds hot.

  • Distingué Traces

    Sarah Palin absolutely does “revolve around” Obama. Other than her role in his presidential campaign, she is just not a very important person.

    And following the Republicans’ lead into the politics of personal attack is a foolish, foolish move. They own this territory and it favors them.

    This is a campaign we can EASILY win by keeping to the high road. Why get distracted by fighting roadside trash?

  • Jack Jett

    Dear Traces

    Did taking the high road get us anywhere in the last eight years other than the country is a state of disrepair? It is the high road to nowhere. We can’t afford to be weak in the knees.

    Have you ever heard the gay bashing that some of these straight comedians do? Have you heard of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh?

    I respect your opinion, but this administration has set this country back socially a hundred years. I say fuck em…fuck em in the ass, fuck without any lube.

  • Big John

    You’re all a bunch of faggots. Do us all a favor, catch something contagious and die, will you please?

  • Mike

    Just because Sandra is so ugly her face could stop a hurricane, her low self esteem should not be an excuse to rant about someone she’s never met.

  • An Other Greek

    a white female wishing/warning of black male rapist behavior?


    wrong on soooo many levels…

    Sandra, step back.


  • Ston

    So why is it only Black men that would rape her? Is Sandra saying that only black men are rapists…or is she merely implaying that Sarah Palin has a fat ass?

  • GranDiva

    It’s Sanda. I just accept it. It’s probably taking up the space that the Laurie Stone bit took up twenty years ago.

  • Afroguapo

    I once saw Sandra years ago perhaps in 1991 and she was funny but then she raised the ante and got venomous. The sarcasm/acerbic wit was funny; but not the mean hateful stuff which she later resorted to. This is just conjecture but I think she may be trying to imply the (1) the feelings of projection that some whites (who have very little interaction with blacks or any other racial group, Alaska might be such a place) exhibit in popular culture whereby they think all blacks want to do is ravage or sexually dominate them (e.g., John Water’s Hairspray where the white mother goes to “rescue” her white daugther at a dance party with black people, and I think a black man asks her some innocuous question and she goes crazy running down the street saying “Omigod, rape, run, run for your lives!”); (2) given the latent and subliminal nationalism/racism or xenophobic pitch of the RNC and Sarah being the epitome of small town rural whiteness — the blue collar whites she’s to motivate to vote (Nascar, Hockey moms, snowboarding, gun shooting, boilermaking drinking, moose killing, etc.) how twisted and bizarre it would be for her to end up getting plowed by a lot of black cock; and (3) to incite issues and stoke fears that make some straight white men’s blood boil (the idea of their wives, daughters, sisters getting dominated by black dick — hence all the lynchings that used to happen years ago — fear of miscegenation) – think of Mira Sorvino’s character in Summer of Sam when she realizes her bf has cheated on her and she says, “I am going to go find a really dark and big black man with a huge dick and have him fuck me all night” as a means to fan the flames and play on his fears. That being said, Sandra is no longer a smart witty comic but just a surly shock jock no better than Howard Stern or Bob Grant. She needs to get with the times and let go of the hate.

  • TBL41

    Are we all idiots? Anyone who has seen Sandra knows she’s crass but behind the crassness is well-played irony. She would choose ‘rape’ because Sarah Palin is against abortion even in cases of rape and a group of black men because Sarah Palin is a white woman from a bigoted, racist state. In Alaska you can be sure it’s still considered morally profane for a black man to even make eye contact with a white woman, not to mention fuck her. Some states used to hang black men for that…. and some states would still like to.

  • JJJJ

    How could blacks not be offended by this? Portraying them as gang-rapists? If a Republican said that everyone would be screaming, “Racism!”

  • Mark

    You gotta be kidding me? If I had my way, I would throw this bitch in jail and throw the key away.
    This bitch is distasteful, and sick, and a prime example of what this country has become. What a stupid bitch

  • Marius S.

    I love her.

  • Brian Miller

    It looks like Bernhard is more worried about getting press (and making money) than moving America forward. How sad.

    Why’s it her obligation to “move America forward” (i.e. promote a strictly constructed, centrally managed Democratic Party agenda)?

    She owes the Democrats absolutely nothing.

    Last time I checked, this was still a free country that protected radical self-expression.

  • Pat Rappo

    Bernhard is so ugly she couldn’t get raped standing naked in Hegningarhusid Prison. she only dreams of being like Sarah Palin.

  • eugene

    @Marius S.
    i’m with you brother, she’s a riot! sandra was my favorite before kathy griffin came along. thats still #2

  • afrolito

    She hasn’t been funny for YEARS. Using racial stereotypes to make fun of Sarah Palin is NOT FUNNY imo.

    Try harder Sandra.

  • Gargoyle

    Being the ugly bull dyke she is, this nothing out of the norm for her. If only she put that hate into something productive. As it is no one cares what she says because it’s always radically leftist and not taken seriously.

  • Miamian

    It almost seems to me that people that have posted here favor Sarah Palin. Please don’t forget that Sarah Palin would have all of us in an Ex-Gay Movement Church or decimated if it were in her power. Sarah Palin is no friend of Gays or Lesbians like Sandra Bernhardt. I don’t particularly care for Sandra Bernhardt but she can say whatever she wants to; it is her right as an American. Let’s not favor people like Sarah Palin that favor banning gay books.

  • jack jett

    Many of the negative comments made on this board about Sandra are the same as I heard on Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

    I wonder how many benefits for HIV or GLBTQ rights Sarah Palin has participated in?

  • Chris

    I have to say, I haven’t found Sandra Bernhard to be either particularly relevant or particularly funny in a long time. Here recent attempt at “provocative” political humor does nothing to change my mind. I understand that Bernhard was being sarcastic, and I am both aware of and strongly disagree with Palin’s religious, moral, and political views; however, Bernhard just came across as crass and childish with her rant. I didn’t find it to be shocking; rather, I just found it to be stupid.

    As for certain other posters suggestions that liberals/progressives or GLBT people should fight fire with fire, I simply respond by saying that calling for someone’s gang rape–even if done as sardonic humor–neither persuades others to ones side nor helps to win the battle, much less the war. Snarky humor and mud slinging quickly become banal and boring.

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