Finally, a few feminists wake up from their frigid state of blissfully ignoring the frequent attacks on conservative or Christian females, to come to a near defense of one of their black sheep sisters, Sarah Palin. Even NOW recognizes that the cowardly Palin-taunting, classless comedian, David Letterman, needed to be rebuked. It’s about time. You know Letterman crossed some kind of chasm, if it caused NOW to come down on him on behalf of a woman such as Palin. After all, Palin is the absolute antithesis of the feminists' ideal of womanhood.
Chris Good wrote in an article, “NOW condemns Letterman,” for theAtlantic.com, “After this week's flap between Sarah Palin and David Letterman, which started when Letterman cracked a joke about Palin's "slutty flight attendant look" and another about her daughter getting "knocked up" by New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, the National Organization for Women (NOW) has condemned Letterman's jokes and is asking its supporters to write to CBS and voice criticism.”
Also. Letterman made NOW’s newly updated Hall of Shame. Here is a portion of why Letterman was nominated for this highly undistinguished award.
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.
The sexualization of girls and women in the media is reaching new lows these days -- it is exploitative and has a negative effect on how all women and girls are perceived and how they view themselves. Letterman also joked about what he called Palin's "slutty flight attendant look" -- yet another example of how the media love to focus on a woman politician's appearance, especially as it relates to her sexual appeal to men. Someone of Letterman's stature, who appears on what used to be known as "the Tiffany Network" (CBS), should be above wallowing in the juvenile, sexist mud that other comedians and broadcasters seem to prefer . . .
“. . . Face it: David Letterman, late-night entertainer turned partisan hack and hit man, has a deranged obsession with Palin and her family that has crossed into rank bigotry and hatred. If the CBS network cares about basic standards of decency on public airwaves and if it cares at all about bolstering its shrinking audience, the network honchos will get Letterman a therapist pronto . . .
“. . . Letterman reminds me of the lecher at the school bus stop. Or the aging creep lurking in the dirty magazine section at the 7-Eleven. Attention, CBS: Get him help now.”