At one time, I used to watch David Letterman. Back then,his humor was something new and different, and he was actually funny. Maybe because there are so many other choices on TV now, I don’t watch any late night talk shows. They’re not all that funny to me anymore. Dave just rehashes the same junk over and over. He’s old and boring now. Even worse, his desperation to win the ratings race has just shown his lack of substance.
Trying to show how hip and liberal he is with the Hollywood crowd, he jumped on the “attack Sarah Palin” bandwagon. Before most of America even knew who the hell she was, the airwaves and the blogosphere were just filled with the most vitriolic hate for this woman and her entire family. I never really understood the personal attacks on Governor Palin. There are plenty of conservative politicians; with the exception of GW Bush and Cheyney, I have never heard of any other attacked and picked apart like she was. And I thought liberals liked strong assertive women?! Oh, that’s right. Only when they’re defending their philandering husbands or being good little first ladies aiding their man’s career.
Anyhoo, old Dave thought he’d make a tasteless joke about one of Palin’s daughters. I’m sure he thought it was OK, since the media was so nasty toward the Palins. The governor and her daughter were attending a baseball game in New York and Letterman actually thought it would be funny to say that one of the baseball players “knocked up” the young 14-year old daughter who accompanied Palin. He also made some reference to Eliot Spitzer, implying that this poor innocent young girl was like one of Spitzer’s call girls. Like that’s funny, Dave? How is that funny? He later made a lame apology saying he thought the daughter that attended the game was 18-year-old Bristol. Like, does that make it funnier? Bristol has gotten a raw deal from the liberals also since she decided to take responsibility for the child she conceived rather than abort it.
No matter what your political persuasion, I think it’s perverse and disgusting to denigrate a child. You just don’t need to go there. Kids should be off-limits when it comes to political attacks or lame attempts at late-night humor. Even President Obama agrees with that.
Shame on you, Dave. You’re a dad now yourself. How would you like it if your little Harry was insulted by some mean-spirited comedian looking for ratings? It was sickening when Chelsea Clinton was insulted. It’s appalling that the Palin children are joked about. Can you even imagine the uproar if those two innocent little girls in the White House were the brunt of such ignorance?
While Letterman has the right to spew his tasteless jokes, child advocates have the right to call for a boycott of his sponsors. Here is a listing for anyone inclined to do so.