Originally Posted by Natalie_ca
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference. So unless Obama plans on rewriting the US Constitution...
Obama is already trying to rewrite the Constitution in regards to 2nd and 4th amendment rights, so that is a possibility. And considering Congress has suggested bailing out the newspapers which would make them gov't run... well there is your 1st amendment right there.
I think it's not about freedom of speech, it's about class. It's about allowing defaming females to be consider funny in our culture. To me it's saying that a young girl being raped is okay, as long as we do it with a wink and a nod. Letterman is appalling because he would even consider such vile humor.
If I had to break it down, typically in humor if we are talking about the sexuality of a male it's usually that he is unable to rise to the occasion, that the male being discussed is lacking... or even the reverse, that the male is virile. But in the humor it is about the male being "X,Y,Z."
When women are joked about, it is typically in either a victim or villain role. They are not the comedy by "being" the joke but what is either inflicted upon them or they inflict upon others. Women are usually referred to in derogatory terms.
What I see as a difference:
1)The joke was not that A-Rod is a stud whom every female wants to sleep with including a 14 year old girl.
2)The joke was a 14 year old girl was raped.
While I believe all speech is protected, I find it sad that people are willing to applaud Letterman making such crude remarks. Before I used to say that people who got offended are oversensitive and crybaby liberals. But after a few years out of college, I get why people are offended. Because there is an acceptance of degrading certain people.
If this was about Obama's daughters there would be outrage. During the election at my job people were joking around saying that Palin was a "this" and a "that" and many more horrible things. And all I said was "At least she doesn't look like a Klingon like Michelle," (and Michelle totally does!) and I was assaulted with vitriol from my coworkers.
And then the Miss California incident happens. Maybe she said something that was considered hate speech by the LGBT community - but it was totally inappropriate for everyone to give Perez Hilton a pass and letting him call her what he did. That's not okay, and every time we as a society continue to let it happen, the self esteem of young girls, and the respectability of females as a whole goes down.
I don't care if Letterman apologizes - an apology is nothing. I want him to be punished. I want people to know it is not okay to degrade the female sex in the way he did. Only then will women see real change in the way we are treated.