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. jennyjenjen

    @11 You’re an idiot.

  2. Jennyjenjen

    @27 I can’t even tell you how calous and moronic your statement was. I can only hope one day you never have to experince the terror, pain and humiliation of rape, only to have the “inconvenience” of carrying the product to term. But judging by your name, you are a man and have ZERO right to speak about what a woman does with her body. Pregnancy due to rape is not inconvenient, it’s fucking cruel and inhumane punishment cast upon a victim. You would choose to have her victimized again and again I see. You make me sick. Your comment is the most offensive thing I have ever read on this sight.. Still Whites included.

  3. Marketta

    I’m getting tired of hating people just because the media tells me to. It’s becoming boring, yawn.

  4. Jesus

    God damn…people need to find something else to flip out on.
    hmmmmm…If only people were losing their homes or maybe if Iran and North Korea were powder-kegs waiting to explode or even if there was some kind of war raging in the middle east then maybe, just maybe we would have something important to talk about.
    I thought this was a fun website?!
    Now pray to me!

  5. ApacheRose

    @103–

    AND WE HAVE A WINNER!

    Really, people, the media has been working this shit for a while. Why don’t you try looking at things for yourselves? If you still don’t like it, at least your opinion will be YOURS.

  6. Tony Curtiss

    Wait, Sarah Palin said she hopes such men EVOLVE?
    She’s gonna get stoned out of her church for THAT.

  7. jim

    I wonder how the same people here contriving to blame Palin for Letterman’s being a ratings-seeking douchebag would respond if instead he’d called Michelle Obama a greasy fingered, fat assed, fried chicken eating gorilla. Or if he’d called Sasha and Malia a couple of tar babies. In that hypothetical, would Barry Obama be out of line to denounce him and demand an apology? Would it be wrong for supporters to call for his job? Because that sounds a lot like what the golden boy negroid Obama himself did to Imus in the aftermath of the Rutgers “nappy headed hos” situation…

  8. i m not dina u fat pigs

    @105 You need to be subjected to 20 hours of reality TV for reindoctrination.

    SuperFish, please delete his and post 103 as per our agreement.

  9. ApacheRose

    108–

    You’d like my post deleted? You would like me silenced?

    And you all say republicans are the fascists. You’re certainly not well acquainted with irony, are you?

  10. Yeah

    “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.”

    You have renewed my faith in you, Fish.

  11. MiamiJoe

    I think the most outrageous things about this whole incident are that: 1) The Palins are pretending that they thought the joke was about their 14 year old daughter. & 2) The media is letting them get away
    with it. The joke was about a public figure who wouldn’t be a public figure if she hadn’t already been “knocked up”. Nobody thought the joke was about the 14 year old. The Palins are trying to get publicity and the media is giving it to them. They’re no better than Heidi and whats-his-name.

  12. Been There

    Hey, #27, it’s not pregnancy women find so so inconvenient, but motherhood. Lonely, impoverished motherhood, without decent low income housing or adequate low cost daycare. Oh, and by some odd coincidence, the very people who want to force women to continue their pregnancies, those right wing losers, are also doing their darnedest to eliminate welfare, prevent access to birth control, make quality health care inaccessible, and everything else they can think of to ensure poor, uneducated, young women can’t manage motherhood without sinking into poverty and despair. Yeah, it’s just a TAD inconvenient. And using Bristol Palin as a poster child for abstinence is a ridiculous, illogical JOKE, and the Palins have brought the ridicule on themselves. Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

  13. Johnny

    #112 Stop your crying–the world doesn’t owe you anything. Pay for your own rapekits, too.

  14. Titter titter

    Ha ha! This is why any politician with a brain either 1) gets her teenage daughters on birth control or 2) has her get a quick, quiet abortion when she gets knocked up. Because they don’t want the teen subject to ridicule, along with having her education halted, and essentially her life ruined. BRISTOL MADE HER CHOICE, and public ridicule is just part of the package, just part of the price of being publicly sanctimonious. Enjoy!

  15. plethora

    At least we’re talking about citizens of the US having babies.. Anybody mad that you and I are funding many countrie’s lack of social services by supporting illegals coming here & dropping babies like loco man! We make it attractive for them to do so, as long as we allow “anchor babies” -let’s suck the entire population of Central America thru El Paso & TJ!! Let’s all go down together!

  16. 3878

    He’s got some tiny feet.

  17. Dr. John Thomas

    #97 So are you saying the left is intolerant to the rights of a third trimester baby but not to a murder? You didn’t explain why the left if concerned about preserving the life of a killer, but is okay with killing babies. I’m just sayin’.

  18. Duh

    #117, abortion does not involve “killing babies.” The stuff that gets scraped out is not a “baby”. It’s an embryo. Maybe, occasionally, it’s a fetus. But the products of conception are not babies. I can bring over a wailing stinky drug-addicted baby with dark skin that nobody else wants, for you to spend your time and money on for 18 years, if you want to get a good sense of what a BABY is.

  19. takethecake

    @117

    Yep. Deal with it. So long as Roe vs Wade is upheld (which it will be), you anti-abortion ppl can do nothing but cry. Boo on ‘unborn’ embryos.

    *cue the onslaught of trolling*

  20. angrydouche

    God I fucking hate this bitch. I don’t even care about her politics, this isn’t political, I just hate no-humor having cunt-holes who need constant attention on themselves. In the order of useless fucks that should have been taken care of in the third trimester via a hanger it goes:

    1.) Heide and Spencer Pratt
    2.) Sarah Palin
    3.) People who fucking post their political opinions on a GOSSIP page. Who the fuck cares what you think? Posting about politics online is more useless than sticking your own finger in your ass.

    @#blahblahblah: Here’s what I think about your opinion: You are dumb and shilling for the (insert political party here). Your wrong, I’m right. LALALALALALALALALA…yeah, get a fucking life and shut the fuck up, You know what’s on this site? Titties, bikinis and gay dudes that women love. That’s it, no one comes here for deep political discourse. Go masturbate to bikini pics or that Robert Pattinson douche and shut the fuck up.

  21. suzieq

    Is that Dave’s new wife in the picture behind him? Yikes!

  22. Jennifer

    @80. mandi – June 16, 2009 3:09 PM–”we’re not intolerant of the intolerable, we are intolerant of INTOLERANCE and that is a good thing. it means less hate generally.”

    Really?

    Then tell Natasha, who was posting in this thread, to stop throwing around the cunt word to disparage someone who’s “against” women’s rights. Because the last I checked, cunt is a pretty harsh word to use and isn’t exactly “anti-misogyny.”

  23. mandi

    @112 I use the term “we” loosely. Obviously I can’t speak for everyone.

  24. mandi

    sorry i meant @122 not 112. whoops.

  25. mandi

    @117 “#97 So are you saying the left is intolerant to the rights of a third trimester baby but not to a murder? You didn’t explain why the left if concerned about preserving the life of a killer, but is okay with killing babies. I’m just sayin’”

    I wasn’t actually trying to get into a discussion about abortion here. You said the left is hypocritical because we are pro-choice but also anti-death penalty. I was arguing that the right is just as hypocritical believing that murder is wrong… so let’s punish it with murder. Right or wrong… everyone is hypocritical at some point with something they believe. It’s called being human.

  26. me

    How can anyone believe the joke was about the 14 year old girl? No one’s ever heard of her; Bristol is the famous one. A comedian’s job is to tell jokes people will find funny. No one’s going to care about the girl no one’s heard about. It wouldn’t be funny. Obviously the joke was about Bristol, cause the knocking-up thing has happened to her before. I know I never would have heard Willow’s name if Sarah Palin hadn’t made a big deal about it–she confirmed which daughter was at the game. The public never would have made the jump to anyone but Bristol without her.

  27. Doober

    HAHAHA!!! Pussy!

  28. captain america

    “AMERICANS CAN RUN BUT THEY CAN’T HIDE”!!

  29. FACE

    I lost some respect for Dave on this one. A comedian is not obligated to ever apoologize for a joke that isnt outside the lines of social acceptance. Just because Palin doesnt like it, doesnt mean she can complain and get an apology. If shen didnt want that slut of a teenage daughter in the media, she should have not pimped her out in the campaign and lied about her ghetttign amrried to the sorry ass redneck. She trotted them out on stage at the convention like they were models of American values. What would happen every politician cried about jokes on their families? HOw many jokes have the Kennedys taken over the years? Have they ever cried about it? Yet another reason I wish this bitch would just go away.

  30. Rhialto

    After all it’s good she didn’t become president.She would have made us apologize all the time by wrong interpretations.

  31. proudconservative

    1) It makes me sad that liberals feel Ms. Palin and her children DESERVE this kind of treatment. They feel she deserves it because she is a conservative, therefore she is evil and deserves to be attacked. This is so sad.
    2) Don’t forget in addition to the awful comment about her daughter, Letterman referred to Ms. Palin as “slutty”. That’s just so classless, I can’t even believe it. And you libs.. don’t tell me for a MOMENT you would tolerate someone with a national audience calling Michelle Obama slutty.
    3) The reason she is “still in the spotlight”: ummmm, let’s see… how about Mr. Letterman devoted a segment of his show to her!!! She’s in the spotlight because he put her there! If she’s not that important, why do libs keep bringing her up?
    4) Folks in these comments who are defending Mr. Letterman, treating Ms. Palin and her children like this, and who are defending abortion are disguisting. Fish, I won’t be on your website anymore.

  32. gaids

    What the fuck is he wearing on his feet?

  33. Lash Larue

    Palin’s point is well taken, but only so far. David’s joke crossed the line and he sincerely apologized. Meanwhile, Bill O’Riley repeated called for someone to murder an abortion doctor and it happened, in a church no less. Whose speech is more inflammatory and dangerous?

    Sorry, but I see loss of life as a more significant concern than a drop in self-esteem.

  34. Lash Larue

    Palin’s point is well taken, but only so far. David’s joke crossed the line and he sincerely apologized. Meanwhile, Bill O’Riley repeated called for someone to murder an abortion doctor and it happened, in a church no less. Whose speech is more inflammatory and dangerous?

    Sorry, but I see loss of life as a more significant concern than a drop in self-esteem.

  35. shannon2

    I thought the republicans wanted to be more inclusive and especially reach out to younger votes?

    Being a humorless, reactionary tight-ass doesn’t accomplish this in my view.

    And, as a 15 year old New Mexican girl, I can say with a measure of confidence that I’d feel pretty safe around David Letterman with no fear of him attempring to rape me.

    Todd Palin, less so.

  36. mr.T

    Letterman’s a left-wing dick. If he made that crack about my daughter, 14 or 18, I’d kick his ass. Something you libs don’t get cuz you’re all fucking your underage daughters.

  37. rhetorical

    @mr.t

    yeah i’m fucking an underage daughter—yours!

  38. rhetorical

    how’s that for a low blow?

  39. ter-man

    The Palin’s are The Simpson’s
    Their daughter is a porn star, or should be
    Homer would have preferred that wacked, redneck piece of shit who fucked his daughter pregnant STAY with her, marry her, and continue to rod his little darling forever more, all because of a rather everyday teenage indescretion – - nice dad
    As for Marge, is this chick out of an old Stephen King novel? – evil incarnate masquerading as homespun hockey mom, with presidential delusions just wonky enough to convince her countrymen she’s on their side, when it’s so fucking obvious to anyone who’s read a book, even Stephen King’s, that she’s a vacuous, selfish, pandering, yuppie wannabe, nasty piece of trash —-
    Note to right wing apologist nutbars – The way this spectacle with “he who hasn’t been funny in decades” has been played out should put to rest any liberal media bias against your girl – - – during election, reporter should have asked the good Governor, when she stated that she read “the same newspapers as everyone else, you know.. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, L.A Times”, “Oh yes, and who do you enjoy reading – could you tell us which columnists, or writers whose opinions you find compelling, you know, just one, or two..?”
    Everyone in the fucking world knew she was bullshitting, she doesn’t read ANY of those fucking papers, and she should have been called on it – but the mainstream press is just like Letterman – Scared Little Pussies.

  40. Faceman

    @TSW: you’re such a douche. I enjoy snarky comments about narcissistic celebrities but find the endless rantings of left-wing wackos (such as yourself) so very tiresome. So tiresome, indeed.

  41. You all are bastards

    i love how everyone just rags on Sarah Palin’s ass and her family when they didn’t even do anything except attend a Yankee Game. However, when David Letterman acts like act like an obnoxious chauvinistic pervert its ok!

    Plain and Simple: Don’t throw a low blow to peoples children. It’s just unfair and wrong. Say what you want about the person, but leave their kids out of it. If it was Obama’s daughters the statement was about the country would be in a giant fit. these comedians need to know when to shut the hell up.

  42. 1. Kids should be off limits to jokes.

    2. Palin is a major hypocrite for her response to Letterman. She did run with McCain, a man who mocked Chelsea Clinton ON THE SENATE FLOOR! I think the Chelsea jokes must have hurt the victim much more than the Bristol joke. I always felt bad for Chelsea. If Letterman should call it quits over this than McCain should resign, and Rush should turn off the golden mic.

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