Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Leno gets away with what Letterman cannot

If you haven't heard by now about the Palin vs. Letterman match, go look it up. I'm not going to rehash the whole thing here; in fact, I've been doing everything I can to avoid writing about it at all, until now. Palin is completely hypocritical when it comes to her kids, using them to her advantage whenever she can and then complaining whenever anyone says anything remotely negative about them, even in joke form. Playing victim is an old trick, one that women can easily fall back on, and she really could've handled this whole thing by saying "I think that was a completely inappropriate joke to make about one of my kids." Instead we get the Palins basically saying that Letterman is pedophile. As in:

Palin had earlier this week decried the joke as "inappropriate" and "sexually perverted", saying it contributed "to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others."


A spokeswoman for Palin responded on Thursday by saying there was no chance of the Republican icon accepting an invitation to appear on Letterman's show, adding: "It would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman."

Asked on Friday if that comment was suggesting that Letterman could "not be trusted around a 14-year-old", Palin replied: "Take it the way you want to take it. It's from the heart."

But anyway. Tonight, Letterman issued a straightforward apology on his show.

Fine, if he feels the need to sincerely apologize, that's within his right. I don't think it's all that necessary. In my opinion, this is just another case of loud conservatives getting "feminism" when it's convenient. Plus, it was a joke! But it's a nice apology, and let's all hope two things happen now:

1. Palin shuts up about it. (Really, she should apologize to Letterman for what she said about him, but I won't hold my breath.)
2. Palin never hears the jokes other comedians have made about Bristol, and these were told when Bristol was 17 years old. Like this one by Jay Leno:

"Gov. Palin announced over the weekend that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter is five months pregnant. And you thought John Edwards was in trouble before! Now he has really done it." -- "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," 9/2/08

I would be remiss not link to this Tommy Christopher column on the Letterman-Leno-Palin topic. Great point about Meghan McCain in there.

1 comment:

Razor said...

There's a laundry list of reasons why Sarah Palin makes me hate her more than any American politician in modern history. She might actually be my least favorite human being ever.


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