Sarah Palin brought her "bad monologue jokes are ruining young girls all across America" outrage parade to The Today Show this morning, and she brought along something special: her own ba-dum-pum inappropriate, perverse, just disgusting joke featuring her 14-year-old daughter.
"Ugh. If we must, Matt." Ugh, I guess if we must talk about the only thing I keep talking about in order to get attention, Matt.
Did you catch Palin's joke? It was in the statement the Palins released in response to Letterman's invitation to appear on his show. Perhaps it was lost in Matt Lauer's delivery (I'm sure if Sarah herself had read it, it would have killed—she knows funny):
The Palins have no intention of providing a rating’s boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show. Plus, it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman.
Well, that is just disgusting. How dare this so-called politician make such a crude tasteless joke about a 14-year-old girl! "Jokes" like that one remind us that some Wasilla/Anchorage 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—but really couldn't because, let's face it, the only reason she's included in the joke is because her attention-seeking mother trots her out in front of the cameras so often—contributes to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others.
Of course, you could argue that the joke was about Letterman, not about the 14-year-old daughter…or you could interpret it as a joke about Willlow beating up Letterman, as Sarah Palin suggested to Matt Lauer. But I think you'd have to be extremely naive to believe the very convenient excuse of Sarah Palin, or really anything she says.