By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog.
Gov. Sarah Palin says comedian David Letterman owes the young women of this country an apology for making an off-color (and unfunny) joke about one of her daughters getting "knocked up" by New York Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez while she was traveling with 14-year-old daughter Willow to New York:
"I would like to see him apologize to young women across the country for contributing to kind of that thread that is throughout our culture that makes it sound like it is OK to talk about young girls in that way, where it's kind of OK, accepted and funny to talk about statutory rape," she said. "It's not cool. It's not funny."
Letterman has said his joke was about Palin's 18-year-old daughter Bristol, who is an unwed mother (no name was used). Problem was, the Alaska governor was traveling with 14-year-old Willow. Palin said it took Letterman time to think of the "convenient excuse" that he was talking about Bristol instead of Willow.
I love to laugh but if Letterman and his writers think his one-liner was funny about any teenager, or grown woman for that matter, he's got a lot of thinking to do. I would go beyond what Gov. Palin said to say Letterman owes an apology to all women and beyond that, to all thinking Americans. And he needs a new writer.
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By Bonnie Erbe