If there were no Sarah Palin, would the media have anything to write about? Doubtful. Now the Alaskan governor is reportedly feuding with David Letterman after he poked fun at her and her family on The Late Show.
Letterman's jokes at Palin's expense included the following:
- He referred to her "slutty flight attendant look" during his "Top Ten" list (see video clip above).
- He joked that when they visited Yankee Stadium with Rudy Giuliani "They had a wonderful time...The toughest part of her visit was keeping Eliot Spitzer away from her daughter" (a reference to the disgraced former New York governor who was caught with a prostitute).
- He also joked that their daughter was "knocked up" by Alex Rodriguez during a baseball game.
Palin called the "slutty flight attendant" comment "pathetic," and both she and her husband issued scathing statements in response to the jokes about her daughter. (I thought Letterman was referring to the Palins' 19-year-old daughter, Bristol, but they understood it to be their 14-year-old, Willow.)
According to People.com, Todd Palin said: "Any 'jokes' about raping my 14-year-old are despicable. Alaskans know it and I believe the rest of the world knows it, too."
And, Sarah Palin said: "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.'"
What do you think? Did Letterman go too far? Or are the lives of public figures like Alaskan governor Sarah Palin fair game for entertainment purposes?