Wednesday, June 10, 2009
It's been a long time since I've been so angry it caused me to cry. Sad enough to cry? Yes. Angry enough to cry? No time recently. But that all ended today.
As I left work and was driving, I was listening to "The Sean Hannity Show" on the radio, as I often do. In the segment I caught, Sean was vehemently decrying David Letterman's nasty joke about Governor Palin's 14 year old daughter being raped at Yankee Stadium, which I blogged about yesterday, his calling the governor "slutty," his comment that she did crack while in New York, and the comedian on the Today Show who said Sarah "is very much like herpes. She is not going away."
But back to David Letterman. Last night, he made another sexual joke about Willow, linking her to former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and prostitution. WHAT?! All this because Sarah Palin came to the Lower 48 to support a New York icon, participated in a fundraiser for our special needs community, supported our beloved New York Yankees, was gracious to everyone she encountered, and, no doubt, helped the New York economy in the process. Just the fact that she was here brought their hatred to the forefront once more?! No, just the fact that she exists stirs up hatred within them. I have said it before, and I'll say it again: The vitriol heaped upon Sarah Palin is demonic--plain and simple. This is not my attempt at hyperbole. These attacks are indeed demonic.
The tears were unexpected, a reaction to being overwhelmed by such filth. A 14 year old girl had to wake up to soundbites of an old man laughing about a professional athlete raping her on a baseball field. How sick is that?! As Hannity pointed out, Willow Palin didn't ask to be in the spotlight. She doesn't deserve to be so vilely treated. What is her crime? Being the daughter of the governor of Alaska? And what is her mother's crime? Loving her country enough to offer herself up for service? This is how we treat those who choose to serve? Yet we wonder why people with integrity won't put themselves out there. Look at how we treat them.
I guess my intense emotions were partly the result of feeling so helpless in the matter, wanting to do something about what was said, yet feeling my hands are tied and my efforts futile. There is no way anyone should get away with these comments even one time, and yet Letterman thumbs his nose at us by coming back with more. I'm just so disgusted, so angry, and I feel so utterly sad that this family has to endure this and to issue statements such as these:
"Any 'jokes' about raping my 14-year-old are despicable. Alaskans know it and I believe the rest of the world knows it, too."- Todd Palin
"Concerning Letterman's comments about my young daughter (and I doubt he'd ever dare make such comments about anyone else's daughter): 'Laughter incited by sexually-perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity aimed at a 14-year-old girl is not only disgusting, but it reminds us some Hollywood/NY entertainers have a long way to go in understanding what the rest of America understands - that acceptance of inappropriate sexual comments about an underage girl, who could be anyone's daughter, contribute to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others.'"- Governor Sarah Palin
David Letterman should be fired. Comedy is one thing, but he crossed the line. As Sarah pointed out, his comments make light of violent, criminal behavior forced upon women. How can this go unpunished?
Like I said, this literally brought me chest pain--heartburn, if you will--and I want to do something. I do not like David Letterman, and I do not watch David Letterman. I cannot, obviously, stop watching a show I do not watch, so boycotting his show is not an option. I'm overwhelmed that this kind of hatred is not only tolerated, but appreciated and deemed entertainment in this country--a country where, even after having such a historic election, resulting in our first partially-Black president, we still have such disrespect for women--another minority group, be they adults, as in Sarah Palin, or children, as in her 14 year old daughter. How sad. Yet Sarah Palin just continues to stand tall, and I find myself wanting to fight for her even more.
In the midst of the tears, something slightly ironic ensued. As I arrived at my house, I drove up to the mailbox. Guess what was in the box: a package from the 2012Draft Sarah Committee filled with more "Sarah Palin: President 2012" buttons and "Sarah 2012: A New Energy for America!" bumper stickers. I'm not kidding, and I didn't even know more had been ordered! In the midst of the heartburn, I felt a flutter of hope. Of all days to receive this shipment, I get it today! Coincidence? You decide.
Here's what David Letterman said about Willow and Eliot Spitzer: