Wednesday, June 17, 2009
If you can't say something nice...
While I was away on vacation last week David Letterman evidently said some pretty mean things. I honestly had no idea until Monday when I saw a story on the USA Today website. The only tv I watched last week was some of the NBA Finals. My friend Dino pretty much sums up my feelings about the whole incident on his blog here.
In addition to what Dino said let me add two things: First, I understand that anyone who tries to be famous has to accept being made fun of by late night talk show hosts as part of the territory, but their kids should be off limits. The kids have no control over the fact that their parents are in the public eye, and besides when did it become funny to make fun of anybody's kids? I understand that part of Dave's appeal has always been his willingness to knock down a notch or two any celebrity who took themselves too seriously, but this was different because of who the target was and because of the nature of the joke. The non-apology, that he claimed to be a real apology, which he offered a couple of days later only made him look like a bigger jerk to me.
Second, Dave has a new son named Harry. How would Dave feel when Harry is 14 or 18 (the age of Sarah Palin's daughters) if Conan O'Brien were making similar jokes about him? I doubt he would be willing to overlook it.
I know I'm a pretty simple guy, but it occurs to me that this whole incident wouldn't have happened if everyone involved had remembered the words of Jesus. You might know it as the Golden Rule, "Do to others what you would have them do to you."