Imagine turning on the television to your favorite talk show, and watching the host crack jokes about President Obama’s daughters being raped and impregnated at a baseball game during the seventh-inning stretch. Can you even begin to fathom the legitimate outrage that President Obama and his family would feel, or how the liberals would prepare for the inevitable war against the host and conservatives in general?
This week, David Letterman made several crude and heartless jokes regarding Governor Sarah Palin and her daughter on the Late Show with David Letterman. He described Gov. Palin’s style as that of a “slutty flight attendant,” and he even had the gall to attack her daughter viciously, saying that it must have been an “awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game,” when “her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.” The outrage from the left has yet to be heard.
Regardless of your political stripe, I think we can all agree that this has definitely crossed the line. Letterman’s jokes were at best, insensitive, and at the very core, they show the true hatefulness of his attitude towards women. His comments were highly offensive to Palin’s daughter, and to anyone who has ever dealt with the pain and trauma that come as a result of being a victim of rape. Rape is not “joke” material, as it involves a selfish man who has a warped view of women, and therefore has no qualms about abusing and objectifying women’s bodies to meet his own disgusting “needs.” This attack is not only against Sarah Palin and her family, but also against women’s dignity as a whole. As a woman, I am deeply disturbed by Mr. Letterman’s misogyny. How far have we reverted, that we allow a so-called “comedian” to make rape into something that will get him a few laughs at someone else’s expense, on national television, no less?
It is one thing to disagree with Palin’s politics, and another thing entirely to make vulgar jokes about her family when thousands of people are watching. Letterman apologized, but only for the joke about Palin’s daughter, and not the one about Sarah Palin’s style being that of a “slutty flight attendant.” However, Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America, says that the apology is not enough. “It’s worse than poor taste; it reflects ugliness in him. He would never say something like that about a liberal woman. But rather than deal with issues and ideas, he denigrates her as a human being. The “apology” is not enough. He needs to change his attitude and prove his attitude has changed. He needs to show Sarah Palin the respect and dignity that she deserves.”
Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Director and Senior Fellow of CWA’s Beverly LaHaye Institute said, “David Letterman only apologized after he found out the daughter he ridiculed was Governor Palin’s 14-year-old daughter who attended the baseball game, not her 18-year-old daughter. Evidently, in Mr. Letterman’s world it is okay to make jokes about sexual violence against someone’s daughter, as long as the child is over 18. All women and parents should be outraged at this callous attitude towards rape.”