“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,” she said.
“Letterman certainly has the right to ‘joke’ about whatever he wants to, and thankfully we have the right to express our reaction,” Palin said. “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.”
And I don’t think that these guys are going to stop. Given that Letterman should have started with a “Sorry you were offended” last week, instead of smirking it off, well: I can see why they wouldn’t.
As I promised here, I watched this throughout (via Michelle Malkin), and I’ve decided that I don’t believe you. It’s because of the constant mugging for the camera, the frequent pausing for laugh lines, the phony forgetting of the husband and child’s name, the neglecting to mention that the first joke you recited – the one where you called a 14 year old a prostitute – was made the day after you called her mother a slut and cracked a joke about the 14 year old getting raped. And there wasn’t even a “sorry that you were offended” – which is the standard fake-apology that your type usually resorts to when someone complains. Instead, we got a “This is what I do.”
Yes. I suppose that it is.
PS: The hate apologetics that I’ve been getting from this episode have been fascinating: by all means, I invite people wanting to excuse this behavior to keep them coming.. So far I’m pretty sure that I’ve identified at least one impending divorce and two wrecked relationships from the subtext.
PPS: Dan Riehl has some more thoughts on the subject.
I’m not even remotely surprised by the gambit; as I privately emailed somebody last night, he had no other options than to claim that he didn’t know the true situation (although that was before it came out that he came back and made a similar joke the day after). I also promised that I’d give the response a fair hearing; which means that I’m going to hold off until I hear what he actually says, because right now the response that’s been leaked is both wholly inadequate and self-evidently incomplete.
But fair’s fair; maybe he’ll be believable when he says “I’m sorry.” Which is a sentence completely missing from the response to date.