by Janet Crain
Just for the record I was horrified and appalled by the Chelsea jokes. She was a child at the time. I have repeatedly said I condemn such remarks and would never make a joke about the Obama girls.
Hang down your head, David Letterman,
Hang down your head and cry,
Make a joke about my daughter,
Poor boy, you're going to die!
Offender: David Letterman on "Late Show with David Letterman"
Media Outlet: CBS, aired 6/8/09
The Offense: Late night TV host David Letterman "joked" that during their recent trip to New York, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter "was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez" during a Yankees baseball game. The next night Letterman said that the hardest part of Palin's trip was "keeping Eliot Spitzer away from her daughter."
NOW Analysis: After two nights of "jokes" at the expense of Palin and her family, Letterman tried to explain himself and offer something of an apology. On his June 10 show, Letterman said he was referring to Palin's 18-year-old daughter, Bristol -- not the 14-year-old daughter who actually accompanied Palin on her New York trip. Letterman said "I recognize that these are ugly" jokes. NOW agrees. Comedians in search of a laugh should really know better than to snicker about men having sex with teenage girls (or young women) less than half their age.
© Janet Crain
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