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Sarah Palin accepts David Letterman's apology



After David Letterman groveled for forgiveness on Monday nights show for his crass joke about Sarah Palin's daughter being impregnated by Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, Palin has begrudgingly accepted his apology. Can we all please move on with our lives now?

The Alaska governor, in a statement issued Tuesday, said the apology was accepted "on behalf of all young women, like my daughters, who hope men who 'joke' about public displays of sexual exploitation of girls will soon evolve," the AP reports. "Letterman certainly has the right to 'joke' about whatever he wants to, and thankfully we have the right to express our reaction. And this is all thanks to our U.S. military women and men putting their lives on the line for us to secure America's right to free speech -- in this case, may that right be used to promote equality and respect."

Nice; thanks for turning a crude one-liner into a campaign issue. Letterman said Monday the joke referred to 18-year-old Bristol, not her 14-year-old sister Willow. But Letterman said it's his responsibility that people believed that he intended to target Willow, who had actually been at the game.

It was "a coarse joke" and "a bad joke," Letterman told viewers (watch video of the apology above). "But I never thought it was (about) anybody other than the older daughter, and before the show, I checked to make sure, in fact, that she is of legal age, 18."

"The joke, really, in and of itself, can't be defended," he said. he finished his statement by saying, "I'm sorry about it, and I'll try to do better in the future."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:41am]


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