I’m frankly, pleasantly surprised about this. The National Organization for Women has come out – strongly – against David Letterman and his vicious misogyny:
The sexualization of girls and women in the media is reaching new lows these days — it is exploitative and has a negative effect on how all women and girls are perceived and how they view themselves. Letterman also joked about what he called Palin’s “slutty flight attendant look” — yet another example of how the media love to focus on a woman politician’s appearance, especially as it relates to her sexual appeal to men. Someone of Letterman’s stature, who appears on what used to be known as “the Tiffany Network” (CBS), should be above wallowing in the juvenile, sexist mud that other comedians and broadcasters seem to prefer.
CBS now has a major problem on its hands. Letterman is radioactive if NOW has come out against him. Will they do the right thing and dump him? We’ll see. But kudos to NOW for refusing any cover for Letterman.
Now comes an interesting question. Will the lefty blogs that leapt to Letterman’s defense today now spin and twist away from their earlier positions? Will The New Republic back off from its sniggering “she deserved it” position?