Gov. Sarah Palin told The Today Show this morning that she continues to be offended by David Letterman’s joke “about the statutory rape of my 14 year-old daughter.” Interviewed by Matt Lauer, Palin referred to Letterman as a “so-called comedian” and said his humor “erodes a young girl’s self esteem.”
Meanwhile, last night on the Late Show, Letterman made one joke in his opening monologue about the ongoing controversy, saying, “I think everything’s fine now: She called and offered to take me hunting.”
Palin’s remark to The Today Show suggests she still doesn’t get the idea that Letterman’s self-admittedly “cheap” joke — that during a Yankees game, “her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez” — had nothing to do with rape, nor was she buying Letterman’s premise that he wasn’t referring to 14-year-old Willow but to 18-year-old Bristol. Lauer cited a remark from Palin’s spokesperson: “It would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman.” “Are you suggesting David Letterman can’t be trusted around a 14-year-old?” Lauer asked. “Take it the way you want to take it,” said Palin. “It’s from the heart.” Lauer then asked, “But is that [comment] also not in bad taste?” “No, it’s not,” said Palin.
What do you think? Has this controversy gone on long enough, or will it continue?
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