This past weekend Sarah Palin and 14-year-old daughter Willow attended a NY Yankees game as guests of Rudy Giuliani.
On Monday David Letterman first was unfunny with a “Top 10 highlights of Sarah Palin’s trip to NY,” calling her, as Reclusive Leftist synopsized, “a crack whore with a ‘slutty flight attendant look'”:

Letterman followed up with this joke:

… and if those weren’t enough, this one on Tuesday:

… to which Palin responded with this statement today:

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.”

Letterman also issued a statement today, clarifying – sans apology – that he was not joking about Willow but about 18-year-old sister and teen mother Bristol. From EW.com:
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“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…” Letterman says on tonight’s show. “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.” Saying he hopes he’s “cleared part of this up,” Letterman extended an invitation to Palin to come on the show as a guest.

Now, while even Perez Hilton thinks Letterman was joking about Willow, I think Letterman was indeed speaking about Bristol.
That said, Bristol was only 17 when becoming pregnant and is still a teen – an admirable teen who chose not to abort.
Letterman’s joke was out-of-bounds, but for a bigger reason. Again, from Reclusive Leftist (pardon the color):

Folks, I spent a good portion of last year writing about this sh**. Remember the Sarah Palin rape jokes? Remember the “C***” t-shirts? Remember the boiling rivers of misogyny that poured from the so-called progressive blogs? Remember the feminism-free feminists who laughed right along?
This stuff metastasizes.
Sexism isn’t selective, and misogyny isn’t something that only applies to certain women. The dudes can’t tell the difference.
Every joke about raping Sarah Palin or her daughter is a joke about raping you.

And the reason jokes like this are acceptable? Sarah Palin is a pro-life conservative, yes, emphasis on pro-life.

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