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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  • Aaron Thompson

    I’m not allowed to use biblical principles in regard to Bristol’s remarks about someone who did her wrong?
    Patheos is a spiritually based forum.
    She posts biblical devotionals almost weekly.
    God, her faith, her values are always front and center of most of her posts.
    One (me) is not allowed to respond?

    Is the Letterman joke not a prime example of pointing out biblical principles since these are the principles that she and her family find golden?

    Is it truly beneficial to rehash and old sin (the highly offensive joke) which only garners responses of attack on another fellow human being (Letterman) even if he’s a Liberal, Lefty or some other “title”?

    Bringing up his infidelity, to which he apologized for whether or not anyone here accepts it, is nothing but gossip and further brings on the attack towards another child of God (Letterman, whether we like it or not).

    Pointing out hypocrisies is one thing but stuff like this crosses the line.
    There are a few condolences but mostly attacks right back at this man.
    I find nothing biblical about attacking someone who did you wrong.
    Again, Bristol is the one who brings her faith into this forum.
    I am merely commenting based on a “faith” perspective.
    I have attacked no one and yet I am attacked.

    This is exactly what I am talking about.
    Nothing but hate comes from posts like this.
    I am sorry Bristol has the need to go down this path.

  • Aaron Thompson

    Perhaps there was another purpose to her post but all I gathered was pointing out that she thought Letterman’s apology for his sins (the joke and infidelity) were fake.

    I just don’t get why she would use her Christian based blog – and yes it is – to “judge” whether or not someone’s apology is genuine or not.

    The outcome? A bunch of people agreeing and calling him a liar!
    Perhaps I am the only one that finds this really troubling.

  • Tom Lehner


    David Letterman himself is the real joke – he is a typical liberal hypocrite and ever since he insulted your family I have stopped watching him. So I don’t care much about that individual but I sure support YOU

    Blessings to you and your family and don’t let that moron go on your case

  • BethfromCal

    Oh, blah, blah, blah……Glass house and all that. You just love to drum up the sympathy and fuel the hatred Bristol. If you didn’t do that, you and your mother would be page 100 on Google by now. IT’S OVER PALIN”S, quit grasping. What are you going to do next to keep your name relevent? Big Brother? The Bachorlerette? Celebrity Rehab? Maybe a whole new show, like Bristol Palin: GETS A JOB.

  • David

    Good post, Bristol.

    ## This apology, which he gave on air to his wife for his sexual relationships with staff members – was sincere. ##

    That was just a ‘Staged Event’ to hide the fact that Letterman is a Gay who is not ready to Come Out yet because it might Hurt the Ratings of his Show.
    Letterman and Chris ‘Tingle’ Matthews and Bill Maher are all Gay as well as being Trash-Mouthed Democrats.

    • BethfromCal

      Wow…you are a good little soldier Davy boy. I’m sure Bristol will give you a pat on the head for being a good bigot and homophobe!

  • http://www.facebook.com/christiannewsuk David Nisbet

    If I didn’t know Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, I’d probably be advocating for idiots like Letterman to be taken out and shot!

    • BethfromCal

      Wow…another palindrone wanting someone to die. Typical of the people who idolize them.

  • Aaron Thompson

    Jay Leno:

    “Governor Palin announced over the weekend that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter is five months pregnant. Oh, boy, you thought John Edwards was in trouble before, now he’s really done it!”

    • Sarah Johnson

      WOW, really? After you drag on about how Bristol’s post is sinful gossip on a ‘faith based forum’…you post a similar statement from Jay Leno? With no commentary either. Just ASKING for debate and ‘gossip’. Wow, Aaron, shame on you. Don’t know know that ‘nothing but hate comes from posts like this?’ The hypocrisy is incredible.

      • Diggertoo

        No. He is pointing out Bristol’s hypocrisy. Why go on about Letterman when every late night talk show host has taken pot shots at the Palin family? It certainly did not keep Bristol from appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel show in her DWTS days. Where was Bristol’s outrage when Willow was spewing anti-Semitic hate all over Facebook?

  • MiddleRoader

    When this joke came out, I naturally assumed that it referred to Bristol, not Willow. I still believe it referred to Bristol, because jokes are targeted for the audience, and the audience would think he referred to her. I remember, amid the uproar, discussing this with some work friends, and was surprised that most of them did not even know Sarah had another daughter named Willow! I think Letterman should have (and did) apologize for the misunderstanding, but I never thought he needed to apologize for that joke itself, as it was par for the course in late-night comedy. I really don’t think anyone was surprised that his apology was insincere, but I believe confusing the daughters was. And Bristol is insincere in her post as well. She appeared to accept (and take offense at) the fact that it was directed at her, but then she talks about his “lack of sorrow for his child rape ‘joke’. I’m not a big Letterman (or any late-night show) fan, but I felt he was singled out, possibly because he is a “notorious liberal.” I don’t know whether Bristol has appeared on Conan or Sat.Night Live, but to be philosophically consistent, she should add them to her “no way” list. To my mind, Conan was a worse offender. Ex: In Oct. 2008, a day or so before a hockey game in which Sarah Palin walked out on the ice with Piper (then 6) and Willow (13), Conan said, “Saturday night, Sarah Palin is going to drop the first puck at the Philadelphia Flyers’ hockey game. Then Palin will spend the rest of the game trying to keep the hockey players out of her daughter’s penalty box.” (Sarah appeared on the show about a year later.) SNL has done several skits over the years that hint at incest and child molestation that frankly, made me uncomfortable. In 2008, in a skit about a bunch of reporters descending upon the Palin family in Alaska, one of them asked, “What about the husband? [Todd P.] You know he’s doing those daughters. I mean, come on. It’s Alaska!” I realize it was satire; it was mocking the excessive media coverage, but still… (Sarah Palin appeared on the show one month later. ) In a later SNL sketch, Seth Meyers says “According to expense reports, Sarah Palin charged the state of Alaska over $21,000 for her children to travel with her on official business. In fairness to Gov. Palin, when she leaves them home alone they get pregnant.” Note “children”- plural, no ambiguity there. No outrage either.

    • Truth101

      The good old white boys had to do everything they could to get their Obama in the WH. What a bunch of sick fks.

  • NanaJ

    I do not watch David Letterman or Oprah. It is sad that so many people do.

  • Ishamael

    “A notorious liberal”? What kind of Christian talks like that? Shame on you Bristol..or whoever writes this blog.