It’s been a little while since I have written anything on the political front, but this incident in the last few days drew me out again.
To bring everyone who may not know up to speed, on the David Letterman show a couple days ago, Mr. Letterman was doing his typical Top 10 list and this time it was about Governor Sarah Palin’s trip to New York. One of the items on the list was “Bought makeup at Bloomingdales to update her ‘slutty flight attendant’ look”. Well, if that wasn’t bad enough, he also talked about how there was one awkward moment in the Yankee game for Mrs. Palin when in the 7th inning her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.
These poor (and I mean real poor) attempts at humor have put Mr. Letterman under some fire over the last few days and rightly so. These jokes are perverse. They aren’t funny, they are mean and they are just more of the same of the type of attempts to hurl one insult after another at Mrs. Palin since she became a national figure last fall. But they weren’t directed at her, they were directed at her kid. A kid-who is 14.
Now, Letterman did make a rather lame attempt at an apology the next day. Apparently, he was under the impression that it was not Mrs. Palin’s 14 year old daughter with her, he thought it was her 18 year old daughter. As if somehow, joking about sexual activities of an 18 year old daughter was more acceptable – simply because this young lady was pregnant out of wedlock? How does this make sense?
I will be honest. I like Sarah Palin. I don’t get why so many people have such unadulterated hate for her. I don’t like President Obama’s viewpoints politically, but I don’t hate him. Sarah Palin is a governor of a state that is from what I’ve been told is doing much better than many other states in the union. She seems to be good at her job. She certainly energized the GOP campaign last year. (although admittedly, that was easy to do with the lackluster campaign John McCain ran but still!) Does the hatred stem from the fact that she is a strong, politically motivated woman who doesn’t buy into the liberal feminism point of view? Can feminism only exist on one side? Are all women supposed to be pro-choice, anti-gun, etc, etc.?
But that’s fine. Governor Palin is a public figure and is fair game. And during the campaign she made some blunders. I cringed with the rest of the country in her Katie Couric interview. But she’s human and I get that. Are we seriously saying that this woman is less intelligent and more apt to make blunders than Joe Biden? If there’s ever a man who needs to not speak in public it would be our current Vice President. But I understand, people don’t agree with Mrs. Palin’s political viewpoints and so as we are a free country, it is fair game to go after her.
Simply put though…keep her kids out of it. None of them are fair game. Simply because a woman believes in abstinence but has a daughter who chose something other than that does not make it fair game to go after the DAUGHTER! In all honesty, I don’t get going after Governor Palin for this either. I believe in abstinence and will teach that to my children. But I also understand the reality that there is the possibility that they may make a choice other than what I teach them. Will I be disappointed if that happens? Sure. But, I’ll still love them and will be there for them no matter what. That’s what the Palin family appeared to do and for people to go after her like they have says more about them than her.
I have girls myself. One not much younger than 14. And if I heard a joke like that made against one of my kids, personally, the gloves would come off. Kids should not be a part of the political process. Both parties should stay away from them. The Obama kids should be hands off, as should the Palin’s, Chelsea Clinton, etc, etc.
I realize we live in a free country and Mr. Letterman should be able to say what he pleases. But freedom of speech does not mean freedom from the consequences of what was said. I personally will never watch another Letterman show again (not that I watched many anyways). Mr. Letterman should be ashamed of what he said, and if anyone thought it was humorous or ok, then shame on you as well.
NOTE: This was originally published by myself on my old HubPages account on 6/11/2009.