Anglican Samizdat

June 11, 2009

Letterman needs a new writer

Filed under: Politics — David Jenkins @ 5:47 pm

David Letterman’s jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughter commit the cardinal sin of comedy: they are not funny.

Here is the clip:

Sarah Palin understandably reacted negatively to being called a slutty flight attendant and having her daughter – either the 14 or 18 year old – used in an attempted joke.

I admit I like Palin and dislike Letterman; but I think political figures are fair game for comedy since humour is a God given gift for deflating the pretensions of the mighty – although I’m not sure he intended their daughters to be included.

In that spirit,  what really would be funny is the reaction that Letterman – who is, after all, more apparatchik than comedian – would get if he compared Michelle Obama to a slutty flight attendant and made sexual jokes about her daughters.


1 Comment

  1. David Letterman is a perfect example of the double standard promoted by the left. He feels he has the right to refer to a chaste married woman holding high public office as a slut and expects an audience to find it funny. What would happen if he referred to Gloria Steinem’s look as “slutty”? There would be a firestorm of feminist outrage! But it’s OK to go after the conservative pro family, pro gun Palin?
    And what about Letterman’s disgusting remarks about Palin’s underage daughter?
    Letterman needs his mouth washed out with soap. In any case, the silence on the left is deafening.

    Comment by Jim Muirhead — June 11, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

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