David Letterman apologizes to Sarah Palin

June 16th, 2009 // 142 Comments

Amidst a media shitstorm, David Letterman officially apologized/caved to Sarah Palin last night for a joke he made about Bristol that was misinterpreted to be about the governor’s 14-year-old daughter Willow. The AP reports:

On his CBS’ “Late Show” on Monday night, Letterman said his joke about one of Palin’s daughters being “knocked up” by Alex Rodriguez can’t be defended.
He said the joke referred to 18-year-old Bristol Palin, not her 14-year-old sister Willow. But Letterman said it’s his responsibility that people believed that he intended to target Willow, who had attended a New York Yankees game with her mother.
“I’m sorry about it, and I’ll try to do better in the future,” he said.
The Alaska governor, in a statement issued Tuesday, said the apology was accepted “on behalf of all young women, like my daughters, who hope men who `joke’ about public displays of sexual exploitation of girls will soon evolve.”

Also, because Sarah Palin loves protecting women so much, she’ll continue to fight for them to pay for rape kits in Alaska and then be forced to carry their perpetrator’s baby to term. I would’ve just passed mandatory sandwich making legislation, but clearly, I’m not a modern-day Susan B. Anthony like the governor here. Well done.

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  1. hungryhippo

    fiiiiiiirst

  2. Tap

    Celebrities need to stop apologizing for shit. This is a free country. If David Letterman wants to insult Sarah Palin (who’s certainly worthy of insult), then he should go ahead and do so. And then when people call him on it, he can say, “Yeah, I insulted her. And no, I’m not apologizing.” BAM! Controversy over.

  3. bonkbonkbonk

    Well said, Superficial writer. Sarah Palin is not the champion of women’s rights that she thinks she is at the moment.

  4. Im a New Yorker and i was offended, I will not accept his apology until his 50 writers do the same…is Sara Palin nuts, and who voted for this woman….

  5. Fbomb

    I want to tattoo Fish’s final comment onto my knuckles and punch the bitch until even Alaskan men won’t fuck her.

  6. Erica

    I don’t exactly remember the actual joke verbatim, but wasn’t it CLEARLY about the 14 year old daughter? Since she was spotted at the Yankees game with Sarah?

    If that’s true, then it’s bullshit that Letterman has to backpedal that much. I understand he’s a public figure, but he’s a COMEDIAN. Comedians tell some pretty offensive jokes at other people’s expense. It’s not a threat of violence or anything, so what’s the big deal?

  7. steve

    When she was Mayor or Wasilla, the City charged women for rape kits. This is absolutely true.

    She thinks women should have to carry pregnancies due to rape to term according to her own past statements. This is even crazier than most of the gop thinks about ‘pro-life’

    When I ran into her in at SEATAC in 2007, she was looking at the supeficial type cosmo magazines at the Border’s Books.

    I could go on and on…

    -steve in AK

  8. Eddy

    Sarah Palin: The wife from the Handmaid’s Tale. Her goal in life is to achieve as much power as she can by advocating for the loss of women’s rights, and someday she will be a sad woman with no rights and no power.

  9. Bob Vila

    Palin hopes guys who make jokes like that will “evolve”? Doesn’t that fly in the face of her crazy creationist beliefs? Is she even a creationist? Am I talking out of my ass?

    Perhaps yes, perhaps no. But straight up, Palin needs to shut the fuck up. Why is she even being covered on national media anymore? Bitch lost, let her fade into obscurity, for Christ’s sake. (superficial writer guy, I’m looking at you. You and letterman)

  10. Heads should roll over there, Ive seen better writings from free cable access tv….

  11. Cartman

    Aww, the superficial writer hates women. Or is a flaming liberal. Neither is cool.

    Palin is a MILF. Letterman is an old piece of shit.

  12. Pregnant Xian Teen

    Yeah, that’s right, because the only person who gets to exploit Sarah Palin’s daughter is Sarah Palin! Her daughter’s unfortunate pregnancy is a huge boon to the Abstinence Movement, and it better not be used for anything else, you betcha.

  13. pleez

    let’s not make this into a political argument… a comedian insulted a clown…
    let’s leave it to the correct arena: the circus.

    thanks!

  14. chuck

    LOL…Palin just said evolve? I thought she was a bible bashing creationist.

  15. jujubee

    Politics aside, the joke was CLEARLY directed toward the 14 year old daughter, since the 18 year old wasn’t even there to begin with… so if Letterman knew Palin was there, and knew she had a daughter with her, he must’ve known WHICH daughter was with her.

    Now he’s saying the joke was “obviously” about the legal daughter, which it OBVIOUSLY wasn’t.

    You don’t like someone’s politics? Fine, but don’t fucking defend jokes about victimizing underage girls. That is the most fucking disgusting thing you piece of shit left-wing ideologues have said thus far. If i could hit Letterman with a fucking “get a clue” hammer, i would. Jesus.

    Before you go winging bullshit accusations of me on my politics, no, i DO NOT LIKE SARAH PALIN… i’m not going to allow my dislike of her as an EXCUSE to say fucking repulsive misogynistic things about her children.

    Advocating this kind of shit is like supporting the KKK because a black girl wouldn’t go out with you in Jr. high. It’s like you people think if you don’t like someone for whatever reason, it’s perfectly acceptable to throw their entire circle of acquaintances under the bus regardless of their level of involvement.

    Get a fucking clue, you disgusting pieces of shit.

  16. Long Memory

    Letterman’s joke wasn’t nearly as offensive as the stupid joke John McCain made, making fun of Chelsea Clinton’s looks, when she was 13 years old. I wish he hadn’t apologized, too. Seriously, if you invite teen pregnancy by neglecting your children and failing to instruct them in the proper use of birth control, prepare yourself for some comments when they get knocked up. I hope
    Sarah Palin “evolves” enough to teach her remaining children how to PUT ON A CONDOM! That will stop the jokes!

  17. ApacheRose

    Christ, people, Sarah Derangement Syndrome much? For all liberals want to talk “tolerance” they sure as hell don’t have much.

    Letterman hasn’t been funny in.. decades, and nobody should get away with talking that way about a 14-year-old girl. AND 14-year-old girl. Imagine the shitstorm if someone had said something even remotely as tasteless about one of Obama’s kids.

    Funny that Letterman likes to talk shit about Bristol Palin getting knocked up out of wedlock… didn’t ol’ Dave do the EXACT same thing? And he’s sure as fuck old enough to know better.

  18. ApacheRose

    Christ, people, Sarah Derangement Syndrome much? For all liberals want to talk “tolerance” they sure as hell don’t have much.

    Letterman hasn’t been funny in.. decades, and nobody should get away with talking that way about a 14-year-old girl. ANY 14-year-old girl. Imagine the shitstorm if someone had said something even remotely as tasteless about one of Obama’s kids.

    Funny that Letterman likes to talk shit about Bristol Palin getting knocked up out of wedlock… didn’t ol’ Dave do the EXACT same thing? And he’s sure as fuck old enough to know better.

  19. K.

    Sorry guys. There’s no evidence that Palin put into place the “rape kit” regulations and all the evidence points to the police departments charging insurance companies when it was possible, due to the high cost incurred by local government. I realize the facts aren’t always as exciting as myths, but I’m not here to entertain, but rather to educate:

    http://townhall.com/Columnists/AmandaCarpenter/2008/09/11/the_palin_rape_kit_myth?page=full&comments=true

    But I digress. David Letterman can joke about baseball players raping the daughters of people he disagrees with politically all he wants. People who don’t like it can just NOT WATCH. It’s pretty clear there were a lot of people who made it clear that they weren’t going to watch, which is why he apologized. “Freedom of Speech” doesn’t mean you are free from being judged accordingly when you say something REALLY stupid.

  20. FromOutofFrakkinNoWhere

    I would definitely love to knock Sarah Palin up, several times. It would be Me and Sarah plus 15.

  21. Don Imus

    I find it comical all you liberal fudgepackers called for my head when I told a joke. Liberal logic = Hypocrisy

    The I-man

  22. Michael Kingdom

    Is it possible to enjoy this site and have a brain too? Apparently not by the left wing lock stepping that goes on here.

    The left, which is the great defender of women, can’t stomach a woman that isn’t liberal.

  23. Zanna

    The joke was stupid because everyone knows A-Rod is gay.

  24. Kathleen

    @15

    Shut the fuck up, you tight ass bitch.
    It’s a joke made by a comedian on late night television. Don’t like it? Don’t watch it. There’s a reason why it’s on late. Get over it and remove the pole from your ass. I’ve heard much worse come out of other comedians’ mouths.

  25. skeps

    @22 to be fair this site has always been liberal, if you can’t laugh with your political opponent how could you enjoy this site, as you said?

    I’m neutral on the subject, the joke was clearly aimed at willow which isn’t fair she’s innocent in this, but Sarah Palin is an easy target for ridicule, no matter what your ideology is she has tried to pass some weird shit into legislation.

  26. #17 – I have your name tattooed on my parole form.

    #21 – Imus doesn’t talk about “libs” you douche. Nice try.

  27. Pepe

    Democrats:

    For dismembering live human beings in the womb since the 1970s!

    “She thinks women should have to carry pregnancies due to rape to term according to her own past statements. This is even crazier than most of the gop thinks about ‘pro-life’”

    It seems to be the most logical thing to do in cases of rape to kill the rapist as opposed to the resulting child. We’re so sorry women find pregnancy so inconvenient which explains why 40 million kids have been killed in the last few decades, but maybe its broads who need to toughen up

  28. mbg41

    As much as I despise Letterman, he shouldn’t have had to apologize. Just like Imus shouldn’t have had to apologize (or lose his job!!!!!!), etc, etc. But if the left wants political correctness then everyone should have to abide by it. What’s at
    issue here is the left only wants to demonize the political correctness that offends them. Thankfully the nation is finally starting to see through this hypocrisy. Hopefully, they’ll be able to see through Obama soon. It’s coming.

  29. Anon

    Anyone who believes it was about the 14yo sorry ‘ur’ old is buying into this bullshit.
    She knows full well it was about her daughter that can’t close her legs or use birth control and she didn’t like it so she’s twisting it so everyone thinks it’s about her 14′ur’ old so she can get revenge by turning public opinion against him.

    Also she’s implying the joke was rape when she really knows it’s likely if it was to happen it would be her daughter making ALL the moves.

  30. fearsarewishes

    @27

    Yo, Pepe.

    I am not interested in your Pope-influenced abortion ideas.

    Just mow my fucking lawn and move on.

    thank you.

  31. miau

    fish I love you.

  32. theantiyou

    #17 said – Imagine the shitstorm if someone had said something even remotely as tasteless about one of Obama’s kids.

    Well I can’t really imagine equating Obama’s children to Palin’s in regards to this joke because none of Obama’s kids were under aged whores who got knocked up.

  33. PROP8RULESCALIFAGNIA

    Palin 2012 !!

  34. obannion

    #28 I sure hope so…But I’m under the nagging suspicion that if Obama came out right now and told everyone he was Jesus they’d all turn into believers.

  35. theantiyou

    @27

    I’d like to know how many children who were a product of rape you have personally adopted…

  36. havoc

    Letterman hasn’t been funny in years….

    Palin, on the other hand, reminds me of those chicks on the cumonmyglasses.com website.

    What….like you don’t know what I talking about…..

    .

  37. Derek Jeter's Penis

    David Letterman did not have to apologize! Palin should apologize for being a HUMOR-LESS CUNT! Seriously! She is the reason why McCain didn’t get the vote for president…Because she’s a FUCKING RIGHT WING WACKO!!!!!!!
    The last thing this country needed was another Jesus loving freak telling us what we should think, read, watch,eat and feel. Look, I go to church, but the last thing I want is my preacher on tv every fucking day telling me what to do!

    Hey Dave, next time sack up and tell them to FUCK OFF!

  38. ApacheRose

    @26–

    What does that even mean, Rich? Should I be skeered? :-P

  39. addyction

    Let’s hope this is the end of the David Letterman – Sarah Palin feud. While last week Letterman apologized, it was in a snarky sort of way, and wasn’t accepted by Palin…
    Exclusive Video here:david letterman sarah palin joke

  40. friendlyfires

    1.) Letterman, you’re a big fat slobbering pussy.
    2.) Palin, you’re a dangerous hypocrite.
    3.) Gina Gershon in a bikini – god she is so hot
    4.) Willow is so going to get knocked up in three years, and Palin should get down on both knees and beg Letterman for an apology
    5.) BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN : Lindsey Lohan wanted by Scotland Yard

  41. Don Imus

    #26,

    WWHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSHH!

    I never said I talk about libs d-bag. All I’m saying is I think it’s funny that the libs want to give Letterman a pass and when I told a joke I had Sharpton, Jackson, Obama (that’s right, look it up) Rosie O’donnell and all the bitches from the View (except the hot one) wanting my head on a platter. It’s hypocrisy you can’t quite make up.

    The I-man

  42. addyction

    Palin 2012 ?!
    Let’s hope this is the end of the David Letterman – Sarah Palin feud. While last week Letterman apologized, it was in a snarky sort of way, and wasn’t accepted by Palin…
    Exclusive Video here:david letterman sarah palin joke

  43. person

    um there’s a story leaking the last couple days that another palin daughter is preggers.

  44. addict

    Palin 2012 ?!
    Let’s hope this is the end of the David Letterman – Sarah Palin feud. While last week Letterman apologized, it was in a snarky sort of way, and wasn’t accepted by Palin…
    Exclusive Video here:david letterman sarah palin joke

  45. Samson Obama

    *** BREAKING STORY! OBAMA’S BROTHER ARRESTED FOR RAPING KIDS! ***

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/13/world/europe/13samson.html

  46. Superfish..you’re an idiot…

    He should apologize. That joke crossed the line, maybe unintentionally, but it still did.
    Lettreman was a man about it and admited he was wrong unlike all you losers who can’t man up and admit if you messed up.

    @15 werd!

  47. #37 – No… just my way of saying hi… :-)

    #41 – Nope… still a stupid impression of Imus. Let’s look at your examples… Black, Black, Black, gay… dude, NEVER show your hand when playing poker… it just makes you a douche.

  48. Dread not

    The joke was a shot at Alex Rodriguez, with A Palin daughter used as the set up for the joke. But, Sarah Palin, unable to keep out of the cameras lens, jumped at any chance to remind America, the Wasilla Hillbilly’s are still lookin’ to shack up at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in 2012. Get the rockin’ chairs, white lightnin’, and banjos ready. That garden Michele O planted is gonna be a snow mobile track before too long, if, Sarah Palin has anything to say ’bout it. Yee-haw!

    *

    Just wait, it won’t be too much longer until the adult movie spoofs start up again. Look for titles such as, “I Did A Rod; Doin’ It Alaskan Doggie Style”, or Thunda From The Tundra; 30 Lays A Night.”

  49. Pepe

    Democrats:

    For dismembering live human beings in the womb since the 1970s!

    “She thinks women should have to carry pregnancies due to rape to term according to her own past statements. This is even crazier than most of the gop thinks about ‘pro-life’”

    It seems to be the most logical thing to do in cases of rape to kill the rapist as opposed to the resulting child. We’re so sorry women find pregnancy so inconvenient which explains why 40 million kids have been killed in the last few decades, but maybe its broads who need to toughen up

  50. spaceyQQQ

    Sara Palin’s a cunt & so are her ugly daughters.

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