"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?