Friday, June 12, 2009

Letterman crossed the line but Sarah and Todd Palin are the ones guilty of victimizing their daughter

Alaska’s first family is pulling the classic “flop” move, unfortunately they are exploiting their 14-year old daughter and its beyond sick

When David Letterman told his joke about Sarah Palin’s daughter this week it crossed the line in that the children, even adult children, of politicians are supposed to be off limits.

While many of us assume that Letterman’s joke was about Palin’s 18-year old daughter, who is an unwed mother and has made herself a public figure by becoming a spokeswoman for an abstinence campaign, the Palin’s quickly claimed that Letterman was going after their 14-year old daughter.

"Laughter incited by sexually perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity aimed at a 14-year-old girl is ... disgusting,” said Governor Palin.

Todd Palin added, "any 'jokes' about raping my 14-year-old are despicable."

Hold up! Hold the F’ up! Letterman never said such a thing. He never mentioned a name, he never mentioned an age, he never mentioned anything about rape . . . THE PALIN’S DID!

I am watching commentators taking Palin’s side in this and as I have said Letterman deserves to be criticized, but he does not deserve the accusation of making jokes about raping the Palin’s 14-year old daughter.

Shame on the media for playing into Palin’s sick and calculating hands by allowing her and Todd to get away with accusing Letterman of something he did not do. Give them a forum to voice their displeasure but don't let them get away misrepresenting what was said.

If the Palin’s truly were outraged and concerned about their children they would have put a call into Letterman’s bosses at CBS demanded an apology and moved on. But instead they embellished an already off color joke to make it worse and in effort to leverage it for political gain.

This is a lot like a “flop” move made in basketball or soccer when a player dramatically flops when they make contact with an opposing player in an effort to look like they have been hurt in hopes that the player will get slapped with a penalty.

The tragedy is if the Palin’s didn’t draw attention to this joke by issuing statements, talking to Sean Hannity about it, talking THE TODAY SHOW about it, etc. this joke would have died at the water cooler the next day. While their 14-year old, or for that matter 18-year old daughter, would have heard about it they would not have had to witness a discussion of their sexuality or their rape dominating the news cycles. That good be good for the self esteem for either one of them, but evidently it is excellent for their parents.

Tell me who is the sick one in this is. The comedian who told an off color, tasteless joke or the mother and father who saw it as moment to exploit it, their daughter and the unwanted attention for political gain? Letterman told an off color joke. Todd and Sarah are the ones who twisted that joke into it being about a 14-year old being raped.

1 comment:

Warren said...

Excellent post.