For some god awful reason the Palin’s took the jokes to be about their 14 year old daughter. Why? I can’t really tell you. Maybe they knew it would be easier to get the sentiment of people by claiming Letterman was talking about child rape and it was a just practical publicity move.
Or maybe they just had child rape on the brain for some odd reason.
For whatever reason, Letterman decided to clear the situation up on his show last night. Though I thought Letterman proved his point, my true interest in the story is in regards to the Palin’s response.
Here is Letterman setting the record straight:
Ok. I think he made a few good points. He admitted it was in bad taste but defended his jokes as being harmless in nature and NOT about the promotion of raping a 14 year-old girl.
But here’s the statement the Palin’s released :
"The Palins have no intention of providing a rating's boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show," the Alaska governor's rep said in a statement to FOXNews.com. "Plus, it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman."What? I think my brain just threatened to cave in on itself after reading that.
So let me get this straight, the Palin’s are pissed that Letterman made a joke about their daughter. Instead of assuming it was the daughter that had indeed been knocked up; they assume this is a conspiracy to make rape jokes about their 14 year-old daughter Willow.
But when Letterman points out the idiocy of thinking such a thing, they don’t just pass on his invitation (which they have every right to), they also decide to accuse David Letterman of not being trust worthy enough to be around their daughter. Why would that be? Because he’s some kind of….child rapist?
Wow. This kids, is how you loose the higher ground in any situation.
Did Letterman cross the line? Yes (out of all his comments I thought the “slutty” one was the worse). But did the Palin’s cross the line in making the innuendo that Letterman isn’t safe for children to be around? Fuck yeah.
Making jokes about a girl getting knocked up is crude and in bad taste at the most. What the Palin’s just did to Letterman is a vilification of his character and plain slander.
It’s sad. This is one of the few times I would have defended Palin. Now I just hope someone calls her out.
Edit: Cenk from The Young Turks talks about this very issue here.
Kate Harding has a great post, "Letterman and Palin: Both Jerks!,"at Salon. She conveys exactly what I did but with much better eloquence.
Earlier this week, a Palin spokesperson said in a statement, "It would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman." When Lauer asked her about that, she said, "Hey, take it however you want to take it." OK, here's how I take it: You're implying that Letterman's a pedophile. Nice. See also: calling the jokes "sexually perverted," which they weren't, instead of "sexist and tasteless," which they were. So now here I am, inspired to defend Letterman from spurious attacks on his character, when I should be reinforcing the accurate attacks on his character in response to his spurious and sexist attacks on yours and your oldest daughter's. Why do you torment me so, Sarah Palin? Letterman said unequivocally offensive things, and he deserves to be condemned for them. But now, so have you, which complicates the matter of defending you as a fellow woman. Don't get me wrong; I will always denounce anyone who calls you a slut, or any other misogynistic slur. You don't deserve it, and that crap hurts all women. But if someone wants to call you a liar and a loon? You're on your own, lady.