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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

David Letterman Apologizes For 'Perception' Of His Perversion- Updated, Video Added

Headlines scream that David Letterman apologizes again for his perverted joke about 14 year old Willow Palin, which he claimed in originally was a "joke" about Bristol Palin, Sarah Palin's older daughter.

First off, as we showed via video, his first apology was no apology at all, it was just more fodder for him to tell another bad joke and secondly, this apology was because his "intent" wasn't what people who heard the joke "perceive", therefore he is sorry.

CBS publicity gave TVWeek the transcript of his remarks:

"All right, here - I've been thinking about this situation with Governor Palin and her family now for about a week - it was a week ago tonight, and maybe you know about it, maybe you don't know about it. But there was a joke that I told, and I thought I was telling it about the older daughter being at Yankee Stadium. And it was kind of a coarse joke. There's no getting around it, but I never thought it was anybody other than the older daughter, and before the show, I checked to make sure in fact that she is of legal age, 18. Yeah. But the joke really, in and of itself, can't be defended. The next day, people are outraged. They're angry at me because they said, 'How could you make a lousy joke like that about the 14-year-old girl who was at the ball game?' And I had, honestly, no idea that the 14-year-old girl, I had no idea that anybody was at the ball game except the Governor and I was told at the time she was there with Rudy Giuliani...And I really should have made the joke about Rudy..." (audience applauds) "But I didn't, and now people are getting angry and they're saying, 'Well, how can you say something like that about a 14-year-old girl, and does that make you feel good to make those horrible jokes about a kid who's completely innocent, minding her own business,' and, turns out, she was at the ball game. I had no idea she was there. So she's now at the ball game and people think that I made the joke about her. And, but still, I'm wondering, 'Well, what can I do to help people understand that I would never make a joke like this?' I've never made jokes like this as long as we've been on the air, 30 long years, and you can't really be doing jokes like that. And I understand, of course, why people are upset. I would be upset myself.

"And then I was watching the Jim Lehrer 'Newshour' - this commentator, the columnist Mark Shields, was talking about how I had made this indefensible joke about the 14-year-old girl, and I thought, 'Oh, boy, now I'm beginning to understand what the problem is here. It's the perception rather than the intent.' It doesn't make any difference what my intent was, it's the perception. And, as they say about jokes, if you have to explain the joke, it's not a very good joke. And I'm certainly - " (audience applause) "- thank you. Well, my responsibility - I take full blame for that. I told a bad joke. I told a joke that was beyond flawed, and my intent is completely meaningless compared to the perception. And since it was a joke I told, I feel that I need to do the right thing here and apologize for having told that joke. It's not your fault that it was misunderstood, it's my fault. That it was misunderstood." (audience applauds) "Thank you. So I would like to apologize, especially to the two daughters involved, Bristol and Willow, and also to the Governor and her family and everybody else who was outraged by the joke. I'm sorry about it and I'll try to do better in the future. Thank you very much." (audience applause)

He is still trying to pretend his joke was misunderstood.

The text of his so-called:

"One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez," he hesitates for his laughs, then says "you can see how'd that would be awkward."

Letterman claimed he was referring to the 18 year old daughter and as I said before, that might have been bought if not for one simple fact.

Bristol Palin was not at the game with her mother... 14 year old Willow Palin was.

There you have it... Letterman apologizes because people perceived his joke and "misunderstood" his intent.

Or, maybe he apologized because CBS has been catching flack, enough so that they have even lost an advertiser already and the complaints keep coming in.

Embassy Suites, part of the Hilton Hotels Corp., yanked their advertisement off of CBS's site even though they weren't an advertiser on Letterman's show itself.

"We received lots of e-mails from concerned guests and we assessed that the statement that he made was offensive enough to our guests and prospective guests that we elected to take the ads down," Walker said. She declined to release the cost of the ads.

[Update] LA Times' Top of the Ticket provides video of Letterman. (Shown below)

[Update] Sarah Palin accepts Letterman's apology.

Of course it's accepted on behalf of young women, like my daughters, who hope men who 'joke' about public displays of sexual exploitation of girls will soon evolve.

Letterman certainly has the right to 'joke' about whatever he wants to, and thankfully we have the right to express our reaction. And this is all thanks to our U.S. military women and men putting their lives on the line for us to secure America's right to free speech - in this case, may that right be used to promote equality and respect


Video- Letterman's Non-Apology, Palin's Response

Palin On Letterman's 'Perverted' Jokes

Is Letterman A Closet Pedophile?