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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  • http://facebook Michelle

    Go Bristol!! We love you and your family, and wish there were more people like your mom in politics too!

  • http://www.chrisburkmenn.com Chris Burkmenn

    I would like to say I am surprised to hear this about Dave, but I am not. He is a pervert. It’s sad. I support you and your Mom. The truth and the light shall prevail. I don’t watch Dave anymore. He doesn’t have a viewer here.

  • http://FB Cricket Nichols

    I would not watch David Letterman if he was the only show on TV!!!!

    • ladyruth54

      Me either.

  • Aaron Thompson

    Surely in your bible devotional reading you would of run across a passage on forgiveness.
    If Letterman’s comment is still bothering you, shouldn’t we be praying for him instead of gathering together talking about how evil he is? Believe it or not, God loves him, too.
    Bringing up his infidelities is spreading gossip.
    Keep reading your devotionals because there are a lot of Christian life lessons you have missed.

    Forgiveness and not spreading gossip are two big elements of the Christian faith.
    He’s already been called out. He already apologized. Whether or not his apology is sincere is between him and God. We pray for our enemies. We don’t remind everyone of someone’s sin while sliding in there a tidbit of juicy gossip (he cheated on his wife).

    • J. Morales

      This post is more focused on politics and she is pointing out his blatant hypocrisy, a job that probably pretty much no one else will do. I find it hard to find fault with this.

      I can’t speak to if Bristol has forgiven him or not, that is between her and God. But even if she has forgiven him 100 times over, there is nothing wrong with pointing out his hypocrisy and by implication the larger hypocrisy of many liberals who scream about being pro-woman, until that woman is a Republican and/or a Christian.

      • melory

        Agree, good post.

  • Aaron Thompson

    How is this post helping others?
    Where is God in this??
    these are the type of responses you have generated: (your facebook posting of this)

    Frank Craig Bertinchamps Letterman is a puke.
    Deborah Jane Hampton the creep! I NEVER watch him ~ can’t stand to even LOOK @ him, let alone hear him speak!
    John Wheelock i dont watch that a hole
    George Graves I stopped watching him a couple years ago because of his remarks about you folks….he’s a guttersnipe.
    Leslie Wagner He is just a pig who sold his morals a long time ago. He is also quite ugly. But men like him tend to be rather ugly don’t you think?

    I won’t go on but please consider this when you decide to pen a post.
    We glorify God and build each other up.
    You are doing the opposite.

  • J. Morales

    Yeah, you’re only anti-women if you’re a Republican. Unfortunately that is what our culture has sunk to and pretty much no one in the mainstream news, entertainment, etc, challenges that at all.

    • Z

      I’m not going to defend Republicans, I am no fan of Limbaugh. But advocating a culture where we treat each other like meat to be lusted after constantly in terms of hookup culture and such is much more demeaning to both men and women.

  • BethfromCal

    Seriously Bristol, you need help to get over this victim mentality that you have. Frankly, your whole family has it. How many years ago was this? And if you really think Letterman was joking about “rape,” than there is something seriously wrong with your thinking. You throw that word out alot, don’t you? You suggested that Levi raped you in that tent so you wouldn’t have to take any responsibility for the fact that you were drunk and willingly had sex with him. You have issues.

  • Sarah Johnson

    WOW. Talk about LIBERAL haters…how about the overly legalist, judgmental – I- know-how-to-love Jesus-better-than-you haters? Aaron Thompson, this is a blog…you know, where you talk about things that you like/don’t like/things that are going on in your life? Have you ever boycotted something because it doesn’t represent your values? All Bristol is doing is bringing to light a dirt bag celebrity, and giving a legitimate example as to why he’s a dirtbag. It’s posts like yours that add fuel to Liberal’s fire on crazy Christian fundamentalism.

  • Thomas Hubbard

    Aaron enough of your use of the gospel as a tool to persecute. Lettermen has a nasty spirit and America needs to close their ears to it.

    • melory

      Well said.

  • Thomas Hubbard

    You know the old saying stick and stones can hurt my bones and words can not. Not true words can be very damaging once they go out of your mouth you can not take them back. Theirs those that set on their media thrones spuing out their words as they wish, knowing many are stupid enough to beleave them, America is being brain washed by the media. Go to the Bible and read James 3 on the power of the tongue, it is the most evil part of the body.