Letterman: “Am I Guilty of Poor Taste? Yes”

Sarah Palin has been upset over one of David Letterman’s jokes during his monologue on Monday that was tied to a visit that she made to New York with her 14-year-old daughter Willow.

The host of CBS’s “Late Show” addressed the furor last night, telling the audience that the joke was aimed at her 18-year-old daughter Bristol.

In his joke, Letterman said, “One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game, during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.” 

Letterman said on Wednesday, “We were, as we often do, making jokes about people in the news and we made some jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughter [Bristol]… and now they’re upset with me… These are not jokes made about her 14-year-old daughter. I would never, never make jokes about raping or having sex of any description with a 14-year-old girl…. Am I guilty of poor taste? Yes. Did I suggest that it was okay for her 14-year-old daughter to be having promiscuous sex? No.”

On Facebook, Palin said of the joke, “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, contributes to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others.’ ”  

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