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. Natasha

    Fish if you care about women’s rights so much and hate “ironic racism” why don’t you actually contribute to girls NOT shoving their fingers down their throats and stop with the casual misogyny and body shaming you push EVERY FUCKING DAY.

  2. POTIS

    I’m curious how many people would be falling on Letterman if it was Obama’s daughters that the joke was aimed at instead of Palin’s.

  3. Fbomb

    @15

    Hey ass-hat. The problem we have with Palin is that she’s ignorant, dangerous and can’t seem to stay the fuck out of the spotlight. She’ll jump at any chance to make herself relevant. Her daughter was used as the setup for a joke. Nothing more. If she doesn’t like it she should never have accepted the nomination and should have never stepped into the spotlight and began spouting some of the most ignorant and hateful shit we’ve ever heard.

    When the church she attended burned down she even had the nerve to make THAT about herself. She said “I’m sorry if my involvement in the election had anything to do with this.” Isn’t that cute. Simultaneously making it about HER and making thinly veiled accusations that some “Real America” hating libs or dems may have started the fire. Nice.

    Bitch, please. She needs to fucking die–bulldogged from the back of a snowmobile by a fucking polar bear and then having her empty skull slowly crushed in its jaws while her brood of failure look on.

  4. pappy smeary

    this whole thing is such bullshit, what a bunch of fuckin ass clowns

    1rst: the joke was in no way “out of bounds” even if it was referring to the 14 yr old. It was not offensive.

    2nd Palin has to use any oppurtunity to get her moose cunt onto the airwaves so that she can sell some more books or something else since no one takes her serious anymore, she is tantamount to a spencer pratt, a publlicity whore

    3rd Letterman, do your balls sag so low that you have forgotten about them? WHAT A PUSSY!!

    4th O’Reilly had on a facial expression interpreter to interpret the facial expressions of letterman making the apology and palin accepting it – holy fucking shit

    jesus christ, i am ready to move to Mexico – what happened to us??

  5. pappy smeary

    this whole thing is such bullshit, what a bunch of fuckin ass clowns

    1rst: the joke was in no way “out of bounds” even if it was referring to the 14 yr old. It was not offensive.

    2nd Palin has to use any oppurtunity to get her moose cunt onto the airwaves so that she can sell some more books or something else since no one takes her serious anymore, she is tantamount to a spencer pratt, a publlicity whore – and no one has called her out on it

    3rd Letterman, do your balls sag so low that you have forgotten about them? WHAT A PUSSY!!

    4th O’Reilly had on a facial expression interpreter to interpret the facial expressions of letterman making the apology and palin accepting it – holy fucking shit

    jesus christ, i am ready to move to Mexico – what happened to us??

  6. obannion

    51 well said actually…we’re here, fish, because we like the casual misogyny and body shaming, so don’t get all uppity and lecture-y on us about women’s rights

  7. Natasha

    #56 well you’re a cunt but at least you’re a consistent cunt.

  8. ApacheRose

    #52-

    Showing some more of that good old liberal humanitarianism and tolerance they’re so famous for…

    Christ, people, get a grip. Or some meds. You don’t have to like her or anyone else, but don’t you think the vitriol is a little over the top?

    #47-

    Hi Rich!

  9. nate

    the joke was clearly about A-Rod, and apparently (if palin and letterman’s apology are to be believed) the joke was meant to imply that he would rape a 14-year old girl if one got within a three hundred foot radius of him.

    Where’s his apology?

  10. izzo

    Just so you douche bags get it right Letterman has these things called
    “writers” they write the jokes. Sarah Palin is a fucking whack job. The only redeeming quality she has is that her daughters are fu*kable. Oh no she’s 14
    well in Palin years thats only 1 1/2 years to motherhood

  11. Natasha

    #56 Oh, just to be clear I still have absolutely no respect for you, and dearly hope you dive on a punji stick.

  12. michael kingdom

    @ 25 I do laugh along with my political opponents.

    Anyway, people target her because she’s not as slick as seasoned politicians. Look at Biden. He looks like the crookedest used car salesman.

  13. jenh

    Dammit DAve, stop saying you’re sorry! It was a mean but funny thing to say. And you are mean but funny. I fee;l sorry for Bristol Palin: she got pregnant to get away from her mother and here she is stuck at home with not only her baby, but Palin’s ,babysitting while Mom is trying to get out of Alaska. Then ol Todd chimed in, making Bristol go on a tour of “abstinance” telling kids not to be a big slut like her. Bristol needs to run away!!

  14. Miles

    Palin will grab at anything to stay in the spotlight. She should just fuck off. If Letterman has anything to apologize for it should be for wearing tassel loafers and white socks with a pinstripe suit. Wotta douche. At least he wasn’t posing with one of his pathetic frat boy cigars. He’s a big shitbag cliche.

  15. Don Imus

    #47…I guess I’m with #37. Your posts don’t make any fucking sense. I must have struck a chord with my original post because the only reply was from a mental defective.

    I-man

  16. Miles

    I won’t even mention that barf-inducing tie.

  17. hopefully we won’t hear from peggy hill for many months now…

  18. Phil

    Letterman should apologize to A-Rod!

  19. baxi69

    Ignorant Superficial. Does killing the baby of a rape victim, help the victim of the rape forget she was raped? Let the child live and choose the option of giving the child up for adoption, but don’t kill the child and create another innocent victim of an evil crime.

  20. Dr. John Thomas

    The open-mindedness of the left is on full display. Always for freedom of speech, unless you disagree with them. Always for women’s rights, unless you’re a woman who doesn’t agree with them. Always for tolerance, unless you are considered intolerable. The irony is amazing.

  21. #54 – I agree. The manufactured controversy reeks of the Speidi-ing” of the US. Al Roker needs to give Palin the smackdown too.

    #52 – Yea, I heard that on the radio this morning too, except Palin isn’t president… get an original thought. Even Bush never paraded his daughters around like a fucking Mommy Dearest wacko with a mandate from God.

  22. Zeituni Obama

    HEY PEOPLE!!!

    Wouldn’t this joke have been ***TWICE AS FUNNY*** if it were about Samson Obama instead of A-Rod and Sasha Obama instead of Willow Palin?

    NOW THAT”S HUMOR!

  23. GOP2012

    #53- ok so that means that Obummers high yellow little cunts are fair game too, right? I mean since he accepted the job and all.

    Everyone of you liberal leftard fucks owes Don Imus and apology AND his fucking job back.

    Hypocrit’s every damn one of you fucking morons, keep drinking the kool-aid so you can be blissfully unaware of the damage Obie is doing to this country.

  24. LillyGreenTea

    I-Man, you can joke about whatever you want and you have the right to do it. Same with Letterman. Maybe what he said wasn’t tasteful in the least but worse has been said in the name of humor. Sarah Palin has taken it too far and she needs to get over it. It’s done, let it go.

    On a side note, people like you would gladly take the right of free speech away from people like me. But we wouldn’t do that to you. Which means we obviously have more respect for you than you do for us.

  25. #74 – Imus has his job back you idiot.

  26. Anon

    Silly me for thinking this was about a joke.

  27. Chrissy

    Please research the issues before maligning Sarah Palin’s positions. There was a law in several cities in Alaska that required the victim to pay for their rape kit. No one in Wascilla was ever charged for their rape kit. Not one person. And when it came to light that some cities had that law on the book, it was changed statewide by the state legislature (by the way, in all the testimony before the committees, not once was the city of Wascilla used as an example.). Sarah Palin had NOTHING to do with that law being on the books. And Sarah Palin has never said that she would change abortion laws to restrict women who have been raped from having an abortion. Not once did she say that was her position or that she would try to change our laws to reflect that position. Yes, she is a part of Feminists for Life but again, not ONCE has she said she would change our laws in regard to abortion.

    And by the way, Susan B. Anthony was 100% pro-life. Again, please do some research before maligning women. This is supposed to be a funny site, right? Completely distorting Palin’s stances on issues certainly isn’t making me laugh …

  28. mandi

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

    that’s because conservative views are generally not women-friendly. liberal women don’t understand why another woman would support political ideas that oppress. It’s like a gay republican… or a pro-life, hunting democrat. weird is all.

  29. mandi

    #70 “The open-mindedness of the left is on full display. Always for freedom of speech, unless you disagree with them. Always for women’s rights, unless you’re a woman who doesn’t agree with them. Always for tolerance, unless you are considered intolerable. The irony is amazing.”

    we’re not intolerant of the intolerable, we are intolerant of INTOLERANCE and that is a good thing. it means less hate generally.

  30. Gumby

    Why’s everybody such a pussy? Palin’s ok to trash, but not sleazy John Edwards, sleezy Kennedy family, hypocrite Pelosi, illegal home loan Barney Fwank and please not Obama-siah & his tax-cheating cabinet posse. 57 states, teleprompter up his ass, walks thru windows, expensive NYC AF1 jet scare, what’s wrong people….wake up! Guess what, the idiot is us. House & Senate have their own retirement system, no Social Sec system for them, no sir. Wake up idiots!

  31. GOP2012

    #76- Really? Seen his TV show lately? Me either.

    He lost a lot of money, was off the air for months and does not have what he had before the race baiter’s had a tizzy fit.

    Letterman deserves the same because what he said was even more offensive than ‘nappy headed ho’s', if what Letterman said was ‘just a joke’ then so was what Imus said, but the hypocrisy of the left won’t allow that because the target was a conservative woman- even your messiah said the families are off limits, listen to your holy one.

    And Letterman is still full of shit, in his response he first says that he didn’t know anyone was with Palin at the game and then goes on to say that he did, however, check to make sure her daughter was 18.

    So riddle me this Batman, why is he checking the daughters age if he had no idea ‘anyone’ was at the ball game with her except Giuliani?

    And is it really so much better that he said this about an 18 year old rather than a 14 year old? Really? That makes it acceptable?

  32. Baxter Pancake

    Poor Conan.

  33. Chelsea Handler

    Late night hosts should have he freedom to make off color jokes. But lets be consistent. No one should fly off the deep end when I joke about ass-raping Letterman’s son or how R. Kelly was invited to the White House and promptly tried to pee on the Obama girls. It’s just a joke.

  34. MrChips

    I think we’re ignoring the most important question: Is that beast standing behind Letterman his wife? If so, I suspect this whole controversy is unrequited love and he jacks off to Palin on a daily basis.

  35. #82 – The way you wackos attempt to conflate completely unrelated circumstances to somehow prop up your misinformed positions is beyond idiotic. So, by your rationale, John McCain should no longer be in the Senate for his Chelsea Clinton joke. And I heard all that same crap you’re spewing on the radio this morning too… except they have a team of researchers so their points sound original, where you’re a bullshit Xerox. Do yourself a favor: stop being a fucking sheep and stop regurgitating all that junk being force fed into your malleable brain like Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube. Also, you may want to upgrade your television service. Imus has been on RFD-TV for some time now and (gasp!) he speaks favorably about Obama too. Dick.

  36. Deacon Jones

    Well,

    I guess the one silver lining for Republicans is, at least the headline stories involving sex scandals are getting back to straight sex acts….

  37. #76. yes I know you idiot, but his career will never be the same. I never said he permanantly lost his job, but that his career was ruined, which it was……. you idiot.

  38. Fbomb

    @74

    Yeah, it does. I was glad to watch Oberman, Maddow, the Daily Show and Cobert when they were slamming the Bush administration and I’m glad to watch them now that they’ve got their criticism, humor and parody focused on Obama. See, the majority of us libs and dems or whatever you want to label us–know how to take as well as give when it comes to criticism, humor and parody.

    Also–who the fuck is Imus? No, seriously.

  39. Dr. John Thomas

    @79

    What the left refers to as the intolerance of the right is actually more representative of the moral relativism of the left. What are seen as long standing principals by the right are considered impediments by leftists. The left protests the life of a murderer being taken by the death penalty but has no problem pulling all but the baby’s head from the uterus and sucking its’ brains out and calling it a late term abortion. Therein lies the hypocrisy of the ‘tolerant’ left.

  40. Anon

    we don’t get the Colbert report over here anymore.
    I’ve had to go back to watching the daily show.
    It’s not as good.

  41. I’d seriously put it in Sarah Palin’s butt while her daughter watched and masturbated. I mean her younger daughter that is. She can abuse her little man in the boat while I bury my liberal cock 9 inches into her mom’s bowels while burning an American flag and smoking pot. I might even perform an abortion on a teenage prom-queen with a rusty hanger. Then when it’s all done, I’ll apologize for being so rude to her daughter by unloading three gallons of leftist seed all over her face.

    To be fair though, I’ll allow Michele Obama to be the fluffer girl in the interim between orgasms. I’m not particular, they are all just bitches I wanna fuck…nothing political about it. It’s douches on the left and right that politicize everything. I may be a liberal, but I’m all about equal opportunity sexual humiliation. What I really want to do is punch every douche-fuck in the throat that pushed for David Letterman’s dismissal over a late night joke. Get over yourselves you useless fucks, it’s called freedom of fucking speech. If Imus wants to be a racist fuck, let him. If Miss California wants to be an intolerant sheep of the religious right, let her. If David Letterman wants to make a joke about ANYONE he feels like, let him, just please, shut your fucking useless mouths before I put 9 inches of honky liberal flesh into your throat.

  42. BEAM

    Palin jokes are so hip and edgy. Letterman is at the vanguard of comedic genius.

  43. Don Imus

    #86

    Once again…WWHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSH!

    No one ever said I was a lib. All people are saying is you euphorians on the left are giving Letterman a free ride because of who his joke was aimed at. There’s no consistency with you feebs. Do yourself a favor and quit typing or I’m going to have to apologize all the mental defectives I compared you to.

    I-man

  44. whattheshit

    Letterman should not have apologized. John McCain should apologize for unleashing that ungodly bitch on the national political stage.

    Anyone who couldn’t see this was a clear jab at the knocked up (and legal) daughter is a fucking retard who should have their life revoked for being so profoundly stupid.

    Just goes to show you that Republicans have NO sense of humor. It’s fine when every talk show host on the air spends 8 years running down Clinton/Gore, but as soon the Bush/McCain/Palin jokes started, every TV personality was New York/Hollywood liberal elitist. Then they’re the first ones to call bullshit on ‘Political Correctness’ when Rush or O’Reily or one of the other vultures go on a right-wing rant in the name of ‘Journalism.’ Seriously, get a life you idiots or do everyone else a favor and just kill yourself.

  45. mandi

    #90 then everyone’s a hypocrite. murdering a murderer is ok? that makes no sense either. what i mean is… people who hate other groups of people to the point where they want to deny them basic human rights… that is intolerance that the left is intolerant about.

  46. dawnalex

    What is this fascination with Sarah Palin??
    No one was talking about John Edwards, Jack Kemp or Lloyd Bentsen 7 months after they lost the election for vice president so why do we keep hearing about Sarah Palin and her daughter?

  47. mandi

    #30 ummmm i love you.

  48. ApacheRose

    #96–

    Exactly what planet are you on? These idiots are STILL making Bush jokes, because “they can’t find anything funny about Obama”. I get that. I don’t find him funny at all, either. Biden, however, is comedy gold.

    And that’s all beside the point anyway. The problem was his remark about an underage girl – shouldn’t matter whose daughter she is. It’s sick. And A-Rod deserves an apology, too.

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