Monday, June 15, 2009
David Letterman has finally gotten it. It took him a week, but it looks like he's gotten the point. Either that, or the thousands of calls to CBS or David Letterman's advertisers opened his eyes. Either that, or Embassy Suites's (part of the Hilton Hotels Corp.) removal of its advertising from the CBS website has helped him see the light. Either that, or the Fire David Letterman Rally planned for tomorrow outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City brought clarity and revelation. Whatever the reason, he has taped a formal apology for his comments about Governor Palin's 14 year old daughter, Willow. Now, whether the rally will be called off or not remains to be seen. Some say to let it go since he's apologized. Others say this isn't about this one incident but a series of sexist, perverted comments about Governor Palin, that he took too long to issue the apology, and that a message must be sent that people mean business--so on with the rally. We shall see what happens.*
The apology won't air until later tonight, but I must admit to feeling a sense of victory. How can that be when this whole thing is one huge mess? I, myself, have been shocked, angry, brought to tears, and aggressive in my phone call to CBS. What victory can be felt here then? I'll tell you: I see so clearly the potential of the grassroots effort. I see with 20/20 vision the power of a people who refuse to look the other way when injustice is among us. I see incontrovertibly a dogged conviction rising up in people that right is right and must be defended. And I joyously see a rejection of passivity, fear, and indifference.
Yes, I see it--and it gives me hope.
*Further update: The apology has now been aired, yet The Fire David Letterman Rally is still scheduled.