Friday, June 12, 2009
Forget Conan...Now it's Letterman vs. Palin
The other night David Letterman told the following joke regarding Sarah Palin's visit to NYC: "One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game... during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.”

Now obviously to anyone with a functioning brain, Letterman was talking about Bristol Palin, who because of Sarah Palin's ambition is the poster girl for teenage mothers. Sarah and her husband Todd *sigh again* made the decision to parade their unwed pregnant daughter around the country for political gain. That's a fact.

Unfortunately, Bristol didn't attend the Yankee game with her family. The only daughter in attendance was Willow, who is fourteen years old.

This technicality gave Sarah Palin and the right wing echo chamber the opportunity they needed to paint David Letterman as a pedophile, and most importantly to them, to keep Sarah's name in the news.

Alaskan secessionist Todd Palin was quoted as saying “Any 'jokes' about raping my 14-year-old are despicable. Alaskans know it and I believe the rest of the world knows it, too.”

Hey Todd, thanks for giving the rest of us the reluctant benefit of the doubt that we are up to Alaskan standards regarding child rape outrage. And while you're at it, find a way to turn your manufactured anger into a solid object and go fuck yourself with it.

Sarah Palin, who certainly isn't "abstinence only" when it comes to being a huge media whore, vacantly added "Laughter incited by sexually-perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity aimed at a 14-year-old girl is not only disgusting, but it reminds us some Hollywood/NY entertainers have a long way to go in understanding what the rest of America understands..." Way to go, Sarah. She not only played the outrage card, she also deftly played the Hollywood/New York elite card.

Oh, for the record, just to inject a little reality into Sarah's fantasy world of "Heartland Moral Superiority", California and New York both have an age of consent of eighteen, the highest in the nation.

I viewed the offending joke when it first aired, and I NEVER FOR A SECOND thought Letterman was talking about 14-year-old Willow. And he wasn't. The joke doesn't even make sense if he isn't referencing the girl with the history of getting knocked up. It's painfully obvious to anyone who doesn't have an agenda.

Also, I'm guessing the majority of the people watching were like me and didn't know anything about Willow Palin. Until this "outrage" manufactured by the Palins, I just knew they had a couple other daughters. But now they're forcing her into the spotlight like they did with Bristol, just to get some attention and raise a little money for 2012.

Hey, if Todd and Sarah Palin wanted to say "Hey, asshole...leave Bristol alone" they'd have every right. Instead they're casting David Letterman as a child molester and forever associating the name of their own daughter with child rape. Good work.

To paraphrase a famous saying "Have you no sense of decency, Sarah? At long last have you left no sense of decency?"


Blogger Great Big Nerd said...

And the answer to your paraphrased question is, of course: No. Did she ever?

Blogger foundinidaho said...

As a woman (who supposedly should be "offended" - thanks Sarah for letting me know) - I thought it was funny too. And I would have thought it was funny if Ms. Palin was a very intelligent woman who had been elected Vice President under either McCain or Obama. Though I suspect then there wouldn't have been as much humor involved.

Although I do find said "knocked up" girl, Bristol, a fairly intelligent kid. We all screw up. She just had a Mom who didn't understand boundaries.

Blogger Ian McGibboney said...

They're getting better with the manufactured outrage, at least. This one's only 15 stages removed from reality instead of the usual 500.

Selective outrage? What would you libs do if someone made a "joke" about one of Obama's kids getting banged by the O-line from the Chicago Bears? Let's not kid ourselves here. You'd be leading the charge to have that person drawn and quartered, and, you'd be right (for once) to do so. How about making children off limits across the board, regardless of their parents political views?

Blogger yournamehere said...

You mean if someone joked about Obama's 11 and 8 year olds getting gang raped? Yeah, that would offend us, I'll admit.

Like I said, the Palins have the right to hate on Letterman for making a joke about their once-knocked-up daughter getting knocked up again. But I saw the joke as it was broadcast, before any spin could be put on it, and there's no way he was talking about the 14-year-old.

This isn't about Letterman's joke. This is about Palin keeping herself in the media spotlight by any means necessary; and the bottom-feeders in talk radio doing her dirty work for her.

Blogger Chris said...

you know what's responsible for child abuse?

Sexy kids.

I agree with VRWC - let's make jokes about certain subjects off-limits. That would work, and in now way be ridiculous.

Blogger JaysonAych said...

Palin's own running mate McCain made a pretty crude joke about Chelsea Clinton when she was just getting out of high school ( ), so the crap flies from each direction.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

God, those people love to be offended. They never freaking get over it. It was not a good joke; tasteless at most; he apologized not once but twice. Quit clutching your pearls and move on. You may mumble and sniff as you shuffle off.

Blogger Miss Pants said...

SOOOOOO annoying. When will the Palin's die in an fiery wreck so we never have to hear them again?

Blogger Christina LMT said...

Well gee, Miss Pants...why don't YOU die in a fiery wreck so I don't have to read your comments?

Sheesh, that's just as stupid as YOUR comment.

All of this is a tempest in a teapot, anyway.

Blogger Übermilf said...

Politicians have turned themselves into "products" for mass consumption, and have traded their humanity for the brand name beliefs of their respective parties.

Now even their families are part of the packaging.

That's why it's easy for comedians and bloggers to make the comments they do about politicians (and celebrities) -- they are more like brands of mouthwash than people to us now.

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