By Emily Geiger
Dave, Dave, Dave.
To quote Jay Leno, what the hell were you thinking?
First, I have to say that, though I don’t normally watch David Letterman at night, but I happened to see The Show last Thursday with The Confession.
And I was really disturbed by it. I saw a commentary that basically said what I was thinking. The only thing creepier than David Letterman talking about having sex with female employees is having an audience laugh and clap when hearing the news.
Awkward. And disturbing.
There are some things that you have to give an honest apology for, like suggesting someone’s 14-year-old daughter was impregnated by a major league baseball player and sleeping with your employees. Stuff like that, you just can’t play for laughs.
This really did remind me of the whole Letterman/Palin debacle. First came a half-baked apology. And then, despite saying that you weren’t going to talk about it anymore, another relatively more sincere apology a few days later.
Although, he’s still playing the “I’m the victim” card. Note to Dave, the “I’m really sorry I brought all this crap down on my family and my employees and it’s all my fault” card would play a lot better in this scenario.
The thing that struck me last Thursday was when Letterman said that he now had to protect his family and his job, and the whole time I’m thinking to myself, “Then maybe you should have kept it in your pants.”
Seriously, you are a wealthy man in an allegedly committed relationship. If you want to keep your money and your family, you can’t be doing crap like this.
Like it or not, sexual harassment is a major concern here. We know that one of his conquests got an extraordinary amount of airtime. Did the women who didn’t sleep with Dave miss out on that opportunity because of this “special” relationship? Did some of these women feel pressured into this since he was in a position of authority over them?
Now we’re hearing mixed reviews with some people claiming the Late Show was a female friendly place to work, and others are saying that Dave was extremely flirty, it was well known that he slept employees, and he even kept a “love den” with a bed hidden away in the Ed Sullivan Theatre for his workplace trysts.
The thing that amazes me is that, while some women are raising questions about his behavior, others, who claim to be feminists, seem to be not at all bothered by it.
“I don’t really care who someone sleeps with as long as it’s not coerced and as long as there’s not some explicit or implicit promise of favors or the like,” Kim Gandy, former president of the National Organization for Women, said. “It’s another adult — it’s not a minor. If that’s all it is, he’s a single guy and he had a fling.”
Barbara Walters also defended her “good friend” Dave on The View, even when others were raising legitimate questions about his conduct.
Nevermind the bizarre and uncomfortable work environment all this created for other women who were probably wondering if Dave would set his sights on them next.
Back in June, my reaction to Dave’s inappropriate conduct was, “Hmm… I guess he really is a dirty old man.”
And now I know I was right.
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