LATEST: Sandra Bernhard is "terribly upset" to be dropped from a woman's shelter fundraiser following her controversial comments about U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
The comedienne allegedly shocked fans at a show in Washington D.C. last month (Sep08) when she said that Palin would be gang-raped if she ever set foot in New York.
According to reports, the star said the Alaskan Governor could expect to be "gang-raped by my big black brothers" during the on-stage rant aimed at pro-life Palin, who has said she opposes abortion in cases of rape and incest.
Organisers for Rosie's Place shelter in Boston, Massachusetts subsequently dropped Bernhard from their forthcoming benefit gala, stating: "In light of our mission, we don't think violence against women is a laughing matter."
However, Bernhard insists the shocking comments were taken out of context.
She explains, "In no way am I making any sort of joke about crimes against women - quite the contrary. I'm speaking out about someone who doesn't do enough to protect women.
"I think if you look at the real issues I'm addressing, my intent becomes clear. I am a die-hard advocate for women's rights, and fully support the work of Rosie's Place."