6/15/2009

My Take on the Letterman-Palin Feud


Last week [article link], David Letterman got himself into some hot water that I bet he now regrets very much. During a monologue (if I understand correctly...since I rarely ever watch his show these days), David Letterman stated "Palin's daughter got 'knocked up' by New York Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez during their recent trip to New York." Governor Palin immediately attacked Letterman on this as soon as she heard about it. Palin said, "I would like to see him apologize to young women across the country for contributing to kind of that thread that is throughout our culture that makes it sound like it is OK to talk about young girls in that way, where it's kind of OK, accepted and funny to talk about statutory rape." I'm not sure Letterman is going to make an apology to all young women since this would be an admission his joke was about the 14 year old daughter of the Governor, Willow. Letterman emphatically denied that his joke was intended for a 14 year old girl. He, instead, said it was meant for Palin's 18 year old daughter who was not attending the baseball game with the Govenor.

Now, I'm not sure that David Letterman meant for the joke to be about a 14 year old girl getting raped. I am going to give him the benefit of a doubt on that. However, it doesn't really matter if the girl was 18 or 28 or whatever age. Rape is a horrible crime. I don't see how this can be turned into a "joke." Rape happens far too frequently in this nation for it to be turned into a joke on nationwide TV. I don't see how getting laughs at the expense of this horrific crime can be justified by CBS.

I do agree with Govenor Palin that David Letterman should apologize to any young girls or women who were offended by that joke. I would be pleasantly surprised if he did. But, I just don't see it happening. And, let's be realistic here; this whole Palin-Letterman feud is about helping each in their respective career. I'm sure Governor Palin is outraged as any mother would be. But, she is going to push this as much as possible to get her name out in the press as much as possible. Letterman needs this feud for ratings against Tonight Show's Conan O'Brien. Lost in this entire argument...is a little 14 year old girl, who I am sure is bewildered by this entire firestorm.

2 comments:

Why doesn't anyone mention that sarah Palin was pregnant when she and Todd eloped in 1988 and Bristol and her older Brother were both born in 1988. Do the math and you can check her bio on the web. Anything you say against this phony horror I AM FOR

anon, why doesn't anyone ever mention President Obama's use of cocaine when he was a young man? What do these two stories cited have to do with each other? They were both young. I don't get the hatred for this woman by those on the left. Do you see her as a threat to the Anointed One? I don't get it. And I don't understand what any of this has to do with rape, which was the entire point of the post. Thanks for commenting anyway.

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