David Letterman’s Respect for Women is the Real Joke

After I wrote my book, I had a conversation with my publisher about promotion.  They tossed out ideas about various television shows we could do to get the word out about “Not Afraid of Life.”

“What about David Letterman’s show?” my marketer asked.

“No way,” I said, “I’ll never go on there.”

“Why?” the marketer asked, apparently not aware of the rude “joke” he told about Willow.  I didn’t refresh her memory during that conversation, but I stuck to my guns.  “No Letterman.”

I didn’t want to go into it with my publicist, but here was the so-called joke:  He said, “One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game, during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.”

Mom had gone to the game with Willow, who was only 14-years-old at the time.

Child rape, don’t you get it?  Are you laughing yet?

After the public outrage, he apologized:

“The joke, really, in and of itself, can’t be defended,” Letterman said during Monday’s “Late Show with David Letterman.”

“I feel that I need to do the right thing here and apologize for having told that joke,” Letterman said. “It’s not your fault that it was misunderstood. It’s my fault that it was misunderstood.”

He apologized to Palin’s oldest daughter, Bristol, at whom he said the joke was directed. Letterman went on to apologize, “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.

“I told a joke that was beyond flawed, and my intent is completely meaningless compared to the perception,” he said, and claimed full responsibility for his comments.

Wow, that sounded sincere, didn’t it? My mom and dad accepted his apology, and life went on.  Turns out, he had his fingers crossed.  On Oprah’s television show, he recently said:

I’ll tell you why I apologized. I felt like Sarah Palin was somebody I wanted to continue to be able to make fun of and I felt like if I don’t apologize, if I don’t sincerely express my regret, I will not be able to go forward making fun of her. And truly, I felt bad for the 14-year-old. You know, that was just like, oh nice going, you got the wrong daughter. That was just dumb, stupid joke that fell into dumb luck and got worse.

In other words, he only apologized so he could continue to make fun of my family.  He didn’t mean to joke about Willow being raped, after all.  He meant to joke about me being knocked up.  Now, that’s a real knee-slapper.  Don’t worry, though.  This apology, which he gave on air to his wife for his sexual relationships with staff members – was sincere.  (At least until the very end.)

A notorious liberal, David Letterman’s lack of sorrow for his child rape “joke” shows just how pro-women his politics really are.  Turns out, my book didn’t need David Letterman’s help.  It was a New York Times best seller, thanks to you guys who actually care about my family.

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  • David

    Why are you Communist/Nazi/Democrat Retards still posting your crap on Bristol’s Blog ?
    Are all of you living off of Obama’s Gimme Programs ?
    Maybe all of you Retards should try to find something Constructive to do with your time.

  • Sunny

    David Letterman is an evil, sick man who should be avoided like the plague. His guests are either in the same sick bay as he or are willing to promote themselves no matter what.

  • wrenaroo

    Before you start touting “your book (sic) being on the N.Y. best seller list”, you might want to check what other books have been on that list too. It may at one time have been an honor for literary artists; however it has since gone the way of reality television and celebrity status, in that almost anyone who can make money with their infamy can be included. Letterman’s job is poke fun at the news of the day. If your family happens to be making news (sad that it is considered news), or your on Dancing with the Stars (for reasons most of us cannot fathom except that you are like the Kardashians in being famous for nothing); well then you are fair game for comedic commentary. You could have chosen a path of going to college and creating a quiet and respectful life for you and your son; but you chose to grab the spotlight at every chance and unfortunately have failed at each attempt. Maybe it is time to rethink the path and possibly change direction. As a single mom I know the struggle, the joy and the contentment of prioritizing what is important and what is not. Our children are always the first priority, not the money trail.

    • Rithcasper

      Although having the money to raise a child as a single mom is definitely hard to come by. She found an outlet in which to raise money and give her son the best life possible. Your comment screams jealousy.

  • Dennis McHale

    Hi Bristol, I’m going to throw you perhaps a little Tin-Hat curve ball here. You can mention it to your MOM, for its point of interest. I in fact saw your Mom earlier that afternoon at IGHL out in St.James, NY. Two towns over from my home. I was thrilled to be asked to the event by people who know how I admire your Family. Anyway, what is important was within one day after the Letterman comment hit the airways your Mom was in Texas having the CEO of Exxon come to agree to their part in making the Alaskan Natural Gas Pipeline (largest project in North America) come to fruition.

    This was perhaps your Mother’s finest achievement in her time as Governor, and had to be not only a great moment of self satisfaction, but would certainly when it would be reported nationwide would bolster her standing as an outstanding public servant. But for other than a brief second, that reporting never came. When our national media reports about happenings across the country that are relatively insignificant, surely this project had to be seen as something unique, and certainly newsworthy.

    No instead, interviewees such as Matt Lauer wanted to talk about David Letterman’s comments. Here comes the Tin-Hat part. Was it such as coincidence? Maybe Letterman simply had no clue that the next day your Mother would bring perhaps the most significant CEO on the planet to the table to agree on this massive project, when two years earlier he stated he wouldn’t even speak to her or her Administration. An accomplishment for your Mom, that is rarely seen at a State level anywhere, or anytime. So my question is: Did Letterman’s obnoxious comments happen just in the vacuum by itself? Letterman had to know his words were way beyond the pale. He even admitted so afterwards. My thoughts are did someone with a more direct political agenda get to him and told him to come up with something so vile as to steal the airtime given to anything else that might be reported concerning Sarah Palin? I don’t believe in coincidences, and I know from listening to your Mom, neither does she. She understands quite well that a well-placed nasty comment stated what seems as disconnected is in fact well-connected to the narrative one is trying to spin.

    I know it doesn’t do any good dwelling on this kind of nonsense, but my reason for mentioning it is, that sometimes it helps to know that your own thoughts aren’t so far off the mark, and in fact something that seemed so far a field, in fact was a deliberate act behind the scenes. Mention what might amount to be this well-planned distraction it to your Mom, and obviously do not reply. Maybe she has another piece of the puzzle that might confirm to herself she might share with you. Anyway, there are some of us out here paying attention, and she should know that even if most Americans got swept up in the Letterman nonsense, we are witnesses to her great accomplishments. I actually got to see your Mom receive an award at IGHL, and the next day hear the great news of her bringing the CEO of Exxon down to size. At least for a day! Ienjoyed them both. Take Care Bristol and keep the blog coming.

  • Dennis Carr

    Hey, sorry, I am two months late.. David Letterman is a lecherous dirty old man! I have seen that when any lady is on his show, you can see it in his eyes and actions.. I think he wanted to jump up and grab Jennifer Lawrence and drag her to the back of the building.. Funny, yea, he’s funny, so is a dog being run over!