Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Governor Sarah Palin had this to say about David Letterman's apology last night for his comments about her daughter:
"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."
Governor Sarah Palin
The Fire David Letterman Rally took place as scheduled today in New York in spite of the apology, and many are still outraged because, apparently, David Letterman still doesn't seem to get it. What do I mean? Well, Letterman didn't really apologize because what he said was disgusting, perverted, and demeaning to women; he's just sorry that people misunderstood which daughter he was actually referring to! And, of course, he did not apologize at all for calling Governor Palin's appearance "slutty." You can watch his apology here.
In any case, Governor Palin is a class act, and I had no doubt that she would accept what Letterman managed to muster in the way of an apology. Some say she should have rejected it. However, they ought to know Sarah isn't that kind of person. And as a Christian, she, no doubt, feels compelled to forgive, even in a situation like this that had to cut deeply.
Now that we have come to another phase of this week-long issue, I want to address something. I have heard comments--as recent as today even--that Sarah should never have responded to Letterman's remarks, should have just let them roll off her, shouldn't have dignified his demeaning sexism with a comment. Now, I'm all for rolling with the punches and not addressing everything that gets thrown at you, and we all know that Sarah endures a lot of unfair criticism about which she never utters a word--just continues to walk in integrity. But this was not the time for that approach, and both she and Todd realized that. I will go so far as to say that not only was it right to slam Letterman for his comments, but it would have been wrong not to. See, Sarah didn't respond to Letterman as the former VP nominee. She didn't respond to him as the current governor of Alaska. And she certainly didn't respond to him as a potential future candidate for the presidency of the United States of America. Sarah responded to David Letterman as a mother. And Todd Palin issued his own statement as a father. Todd's comments were just as important, for any man worth his salt would have no choice but to address the person who made such comments about his "baby girl," which is what daughters are to their fathers no matter how old they are. For the Palins to have remained silent after an old man joked about the sexual abuse of their daughter would have been unthinkable. Now that we've gotten that straight, let's move on.
Whether you feel Letterman's apology was sincere or not, whether or not you think it was enough, one thing is certain: It was pressure applied by people like you and me that led to Letterman's apology last night. There is no substitute for grassroots efforts. They work. Remember that--because this won't be the last time you'll be needed.