By Emily Geiger
I find it funny that when conservative women start treading on men’s turf, it’s liberals who start attacking in a highly sexist manner.
The latest in this ongoing saga involves some hugely inappropriate comments made by David Letterman about Sarah Palin… and her 14-year-old daughter.
Letterman’s recent comments have included a statement that Palin was in New York shopping to perfect her “slutty stewardess look.” I mean, really, doesn’t Dave know how politically incorrect that is? They’re now called “flight attendants.”
But seriously, can you imagine the uproar if Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh had commented on Michelle Obama’s often sleeveless style by calling it “slutty?” I don’t think I’ve ever seen Palin flash as much skin as Michelle, but I guess there must be a double standard there.
How about sex jokes about the Obama girls? Would that be over the top? Of course it would. But apparently that standard doesn’t apply to jokes made by Letterman about Palin’s 14-year-old daughter.
Letterman recently joked in his opening monologue that Palin visited Yankee Stadium, sitting in “far, far right field” with Rudy Giuliani. “They had a wonderful time,” he continued. “The toughest part of her visit was keeping Eliot Spitzer away from her daughter.”
Letterman also commented that it must have been “awkward” when, during the seventh inning stretch, Palin’s daughter got “knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.”
Letterman now claims that he was referring 18-year-old Bristol Palin (who was home in Alaska with her baby). However, only 14-year-old Willow Palin accompanied the governor to the baseball game.
“Concerning Letterman’s comments about my young daughter (and I doubt he’d ever dare make such comments about anyone else’s daughter): ‘Laughter incited by sexually-perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity aimed at a 14-year-old girl is not only disgusting, but it reminds us some Hollywood/NY entertainers have a long way to go in understanding what the rest of America understands – that acceptance of inappropriate sexual comments about an underage girl, who could be anyone’s daughter, contributes to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others.'”
I think this is an excellent point. I have written before about the over-sexualization of young girls in our culture today. What Letterman said was appalling, no matter which daughter he was talking about. You don’t talk about any woman that way, especially if the only reason you are doing it is because you don’t like her mother.
Don Imus got fired for calling some young women (who were approximately 18-23 years of age) “knappy-headed hos.” I know there are racial connotations to those remarks, but isn’t it also outrageous to make hateful sexual comments about a person because of their political and religious beliefs? Or their parents’ political and religious beliefs?
I find Letterman’s excuse ridiculous. Does he wait around outside the high schools so that when a girl turns 18, he can give her the verbal equivalent of pelvic exam? ‘Cause it’s okay now when it wasn’t okay yesterday?
Letterman’s comments evidence an underlying lack of respect for women. He should apologize for that instead of making excuses and trying to justify making sex jokes about a child of the governor.
But, hey, we all know about Letterman’s pervy side. He just proved it yet again.
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