Thursday, June 11, 2009

More whining from oversensitive feminists

In no way do I step on women's rights; I'm as fervent an equalitarian for women's rights as you'll come across. I simply think that the feminist movement has long-since run its course, and there are fewer illustrations of just how ridiculous women's advocacy groups have become in these times of near-universal equality between men and women, than this ridiculous report. David Letterman is being blasted by women's advocacy group leaders for some admittedly crude jokes he made Tuesday night concerning Sarah Palin and her Jerry Springer-esque family. Really, when you can't take joke, even if it's a low-brow one, you really need to grow some freakin' skin.

Letterman has been under fire since he made several jokes about the Alaska governor and her daughter on his show Tuesday night, following a visit they made to New York City. In one joke, he characterized the former vice presidential candidate's style as that of a "slutty flight attendant." And in another, he joked that Palin's daughter had been "knocked up" by Yankees star Alex Rodriguez during the seventh-inning stretch of a Yankees game.

Critics jumped on Letterman soon after the show aired, accusing the comedian of making crass jokes about child rape because the girl who accompanied Palin to New York was her 14-year-old daughter, Willow, and not 18-year-old Bristol, who is the unmarried mother of Palin's first grandchild.

Letterman, on his Wednesday night show, addressed the controversy but stopped short of apologizing.

“We were, as we often do, making jokes about people in the news and we made some jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughter, the 18-year-old girl, who is — her name is Bristol, that’s right, and so, then, now they’re upset with me," Letterman said on his Wednesday telecast.

“These are not jokes made about her 14-year-old daughter. I would never, never make jokes about raping or having sex of any description with a 14-year-old girl. I mean, look at my record. It has never happened. I don’t think it’s funny. I would never think it was funny. I wouldn’t put it in a joke.”

Well said, Letterman. He didn't apologize, because quite frankly, he has nothing to apologize for. He didn't slander or libel anyone with malice aforethought; he just joked at the fact that the Palins have become some of the most ridiculous media whores we've seen in a while. When you're in that sort of spotlight, you forfeit your right to whine every time some low humor is addressed at you. End of story.


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