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Say What? Letterman Apologizes to Palin


"I told a bad joke. I told a joke that was beyond flawed, and my intent is completely meaningless compared to the perception . . . So I would like to apologize, especially to the two daughters involved, Bristol and Willow, and also to the governor and her family and everybody else who was outraged by the joke. I'm sorry about it and I'll try to do better in the future."




David Letterman apologized again last night on his show for a series of sexist and crass jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughter last week. First, he described Sarah Palin as having a "slutty flight attendant look." Next, thinking her 18-year-old daughter Bristol was at a Yankees game (in fact it was 14-year-old Willow), Letterman joked that in the seventh inning she got "knocked up" by Alex Rodriguez. Letterman admitted that, ultimately, even if Bristol had been at the game, the joke was not acceptable.

I have to say, it's refreshing to know that sexist humor will get called out. (There were protests outside his studio, contributing, no doubt, to his need for an on-air apology.) I wonder if this public outcry signals an increasing intolerance for low-blow sexism, or is this politics piggybacking on an issue that people are actually immune to?

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BRANDYNICOLE730 BRANDYNICOLE730 7 years
First of all, Sarah "the hypocrite" Palin does not deserve an apology from anyone. I agree with those above who state that when you put yourself in the spotlight, as Bristol has, you have to expect people to talk about you. She most definately put herself in the spotlight when she did interviews and posed for magazines. I happen to have a rather sick and twisted sense of humor, from being around so many males, so that joke did not faze me at all. I pretty much laugh at anything that offends others. The fact that she made such a big deal about it, only has to do with the fact that her face was not in the news for a moment. Thank God she's not our VP.
jessy777 jessy777 7 years
When the people protesting sexism on the Late Show are the same ones who promote it everyday it isn't time to celebrate. The laws and policies that Palin and her party put into effect do greater harm to women than a late night talk show hosts joke. It was offensive and I am glad he apologized but Sarah Palin is not a beacon for women's rights or feminism. It is perfectly ok to call out Hilary Clinton by saying to has balls or O'Reilly can "joke" that Pelosi is a hag. I have yet to see them upset of this. Palin and people like her cry sexism when it is directed at them. She should start standing up for the rights of all women at all times not just when it is affecting her. She stands on the side the continues the degradation of women not supports their freedom.
sham28 sham28 7 years
It was very classy of him to apologize however.
sham28 sham28 7 years
I read it and thought it was funny, and I did not get the impression from his joke that he approves of rape in any case. And everyoneis right, Bristol clearly wants attention. So my heart doesn't bleed for her. But maybe I have a f*cked up sense of humor, who knows anymore? I'm also not particularly hypersensitive.
laceykk23 laceykk23 7 years
i love it how some make the comparison that 'what if it was said about the obama girls?' well their parents did the right thing in keeping them out of the spotlight and not parading them around like show dogs. everytime i hear sarah palin talk im so grateful that she isnt our VP!!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
* "after finding out "that was" 14yr old Willow..."
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
Personally, I do not see reason for the continued outrage surrounding the joke. I understand why he apologized after finding out it that 14yr old Willow at the Yankee's game, not Bristol. However the for the Palin's to call him such names is insane and only for publicity. Letterman would never have gone with the joke if he knew it was the younger daughter. And fans know that. Secondly, Bristol is going for her own media attention now (People magazine, TV interviews, events about sexual awareness/protection (joke, right? :oy: )) With that "spotlight" comes equal attention from late night comics. And Bristol is any easy one to joke about and the joke was not THAT offensive. There are films with jokes worse than this. Dave was mild. Get over it.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
Personally, I do not see reason for the continued outrage surrounding the joke. I understand why he apologized after finding out it that 14yr old Willow at the Yankee's game, not Bristol. However the for the Palin's to call him such names is insane and only for publicity. Letterman would never have gone with the joke if he knew it was the younger daughter. And fans know that. Secondly, Bristol is going for her own media attention now (People magazine, TV interviews, events about sexual awareness/protection (joke, right? :oy: )) With that "spotlight" comes equal attention from late night comics. And Bristol is any easy one to joke about and the joke was not THAT offensive. There are films with jokes worse than this. Dave was mild. Get over it.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
Now this matter is seemingly dropped/done, I'm hopeful that there won't be any more 'controversy' involving the Palins for a loooong long time. I know I'm in the minority, but Palin doesn't bother me although I completely disagree with her pov and ideas (well, I'm good at clicking the remote control so I can always change channel when I don't want to hear about Palin and any 'controversy'). I just want this whole unnecessary thing to be over with.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
Now this matter is seemingly dropped/done, I'm hopeful that there won't be any more 'controversy' involving the Palins for a loooong long time. I know I'm in the minority, but Palin doesn't bother me although I completely disagree with her pov and ideas (well, I'm good at clicking the remote control so I can always change channel when I don't want to hear about Palin and any 'controversy'). I just want this whole unnecessary thing to be over with.
bransugar79 bransugar79 7 years
I am proud of Letterman for apologizing. I don't think he did anything wrong but the apology shows that he's bigger person and makes Palin look like even more of an idiot. The joke was never intended as some sort of sexist attack and I agree with mamasitamali, if you don't want to be called on your crap stay out of the spotlight.I really get tired of these politicians dragging out there families on the grandstands and then expecting people to respect their "private lives". If you want your life to be private stay home. We're tired of you already anyway
margokhal margokhal 7 years
Was the joke in bad taste? Probably. [I laughed, though. I got the joke and I found it slightly funny. Sorry.]Should Letterman have apologized to Palin? Hell no!Palin knew which daughter Letterman was talking about...all this nonsense about "that's my 14 year old, you sexual deviant!" is just attempts to drum up press drama. Not only that, the whole "my kids are off limits" doesn't apply. Bristol PUT herself in the public spotlight, not only letting other people and the father of her child air out their grievances all over the media, but coming out in interviews and then becoming a poster child/advocate for *abstinence*. I mean the irony in that by itself is enough for a joke. Like it or not, she made herself a public figure. Public figures are fair game for comedians/jokes. Her mother can chime in on how her daughter was portrayed, but ultimately the impact is to her DAUGHTER, not her. Palin simply could have issued a statement condemning the joke and been done with it. She took it to the media for a blitz. And to blast everyone for even questioning whether she could make the jump from the joke to statutory rape is just fueling drama.
margokhal margokhal 7 years
Was the joke in bad taste? Probably. [I laughed, though. I got the joke and I found it slightly funny. Sorry.] Should Letterman have apologized to Palin? Hell no! Palin knew which daughter Letterman was talking about...all this nonsense about "that's my 14 year old, you sexual deviant!" is just attempts to drum up press drama. Not only that, the whole "my kids are off limits" doesn't apply. Bristol PUT herself in the public spotlight, not only letting other people and the father of her child air out their grievances all over the media, but coming out in interviews and then becoming a poster child/advocate for *abstinence*. I mean the irony in that by itself is enough for a joke. Like it or not, she made herself a public figure. Public figures are fair game for comedians/jokes. Her mother can chime in on how her daughter was portrayed, but ultimately the impact is to her DAUGHTER, not her. Palin simply could have issued a statement condemning the joke and been done with it. She took it to the media for a blitz. And to blast everyone for even questioning whether she could make the jump from the joke to statutory rape is just fueling drama.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
Was a second apology really necessary?
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Good for him. I'm truly impressed.
sloane220 sloane220 7 years
she didn't deserve a freakin apology, she got one already, and not only did she not want to accept it she choose to make light of rape and sexual abuse of underaged children. that dingbat palin should be the one apologizing to rape victims after using statutory rape to make her asinine point.
prencesschris prencesschris 7 years
He's a comedian for damn sake....gosh he's JOB is to make jokes & make fun of people. @ mamasitamalita & Amanda-La i totally agree.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
you know what, the whole sexist argument doesn't even apply here. anyone can say anything they want about what Jessica Simpson wears or that Lindsay Lohan doesn't wear underwear, but because Sarah Palin is a mother or a political figure, she should be ridiculed less for her appearance? and Bristol Palin, you are not a stranger to the limelight. how about you go home and take care of your baby instead of posing on People magazine to show America what a responsible high school graduate you are. guess what? you had unprotected sex and got knocked up! its a FUNNY joke!I'm just sick of this whole thing. it's David Letterman, its not like Hillary Clinton or another elected official said this about the Palins, although I can only imagine what kind of dinner table talk the McCain family has had about her. let's hear Meghan McCain chime in on this, she seems to have a lot of opinions of late
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
you know what, the whole sexist argument doesn't even apply here. anyone can say anything they want about what Jessica Simpson wears or that Lindsay Lohan doesn't wear underwear, but because Sarah Palin is a mother or a political figure, she should be ridiculed less for her appearance? and Bristol Palin, you are not a stranger to the limelight. how about you go home and take care of your baby instead of posing on People magazine to show America what a responsible high school graduate you are. guess what? you had unprotected sex and got knocked up! its a FUNNY joke! I'm just sick of this whole thing. it's David Letterman, its not like Hillary Clinton or another elected official said this about the Palins, although I can only imagine what kind of dinner table talk the McCain family has had about her. let's hear Meghan McCain chime in on this, she seems to have a lot of opinions of late
Amanda-La Amanda-La 7 years
Only because she made such a huge deal out of it and as far as I can tell only made herself look foolish and like a villain. Saying that girls should be careful around him or whatever the exact quote was when she knew very well that he is not a danger to anyone.
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