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Conservatives Call For Boycott of Letterman Advertisers—Embassy Suites Says It Has Pulled its Ads from CBS.com.; A Blogger’s Eloquent Defense of Dave

Jun 15, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Some conservatives and conservative groups are calling for a boycott of marketers who advertise on David Letterman’s late-night talk show on CBS because of the jokes he told about Sarah Palin and her family last week.

One of the advertisers targeted last week was Hilton Hotel Corp’s Embassy Suites, because its ads appeared on the page for "Late Show with David Letterman” at cbs.com. Conservative Blogger Chris Wysocki says he contacted Embassy Suites and received this email reply:

From: Dawn Ray [Dawn.Ray@hilton.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 2:00 PM
To: Chris Wysocki
Subject: Embassy Suites Sponsorship of the David Letterman Show
Thank you for your email. Embassy Suites is not a sponsor or advertiser of the David Letterman show. Several online ads appeared on a series of web sites, including cbs.com, among many others. These ads have since been taken down. The appearance of the ads on the CBS network web site does not suggest we condone or agree with Mr. Letterman’s views or comments.
We sincerely appreciate your email.

Separately on the Letterman front, TVWeek’s Joe Adalian, on his blog, offers an eloquent defense of Letterman.

—Chuck Ross

62 Comments

  1. Forget Palin. This country has lost its sense of humor. Leave Letterman alone. I may boycott products/services of companies that boycott Letterman.
    Give me a break in
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  2. I’m sick and tired of this. Plenty of jokes similar to Letterman’s were told before, but why the “outrage” against Dave, and why now? Don’t believe me? Check out this excellent rundown: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannyn-moore/top-10-reasons-sarah-pali_b_215468.html

  3. I agree, this country has totally lost its sense of humor. BTW, in case they haven’t noticed, finally after 8 years of misery, the Right is out of power. Go away, please. Don’t care where you go, as long as you Go Away.

  4. As I have mentioned in several blogs, in my opinion Ms. Palin is not only a has been politically, but she is an opportunistic “pig with lipstick” when it comes to covorting her children when it is in her own political interest. Her husband is p-whipped and has no class nor balls when it comes to standing up to this woman who is so incredibly full of herself and who only Sean Hannity and a group of uneducated hicks drool all over. Dave apologized which is more than President Bush has done or did while he was in and has been out of office. I can’t stand this woman…Go back to Alaska and see if you can salvage your approval rating..The End.

  5. Why Letterman? Why Michael Richards? Why Mel Gibson? Why Iasiah Washington? He messed up with an audience of many generations and he was wrong. He should be knocked up side the head. Sorry Dave, find a new gig. Maybe Sirus will pick him up. Then Long Beach Resident you can pay to hear Dave and all will be right with the world.

  6. There are enough targets in the media for jokes. Leave the children out of this.

  7. So you’re saying it’s OK now to start making jokes about the Obama children and other children of Democrats as well?
    Are all family members of politicians now fair game?

  8. I think we all need to boycott advertisers that pull out of davids show instead. As a liberal movement, we can really harm Hilton Hotels and Embassy Suites for distancing themselves by listening to the conservatives.

  9. Where were these conservative hypocrites, with their hue and cry for a boycott, when Rush Limbaugh called Chelsea Clinton a dog?
    Where were they when Ann Coulter suggested that Jews were religiously “imperfect?”
    Why did they take the day off when Michael Savage outrageously claimed that autistic kids were “brats” and “idiots” and that autism, itself, was a “racket” and a “fraud?”
    No wonder the two-faced dirt-bags lost as badly as they did in the last election – and small wonder if they never win another election in this country ever again.

  10. You put your kids out there, parade them around as exemplars of your family values and hold them up as something to emulate, then yes, they’re fair game.
    Say what you will about Obama, he didn’t do that. They sat as a family for one interview during the campaign and he said he instantly regretted it.
    You don’t want your kids in the spotlight, then keep them out of it.

  11. What is wrong with people?? I was watching Letterman that night and didn’t even notice the joke! Why are people so uptight? We’re not puritans anymore, and haven’t been for a long time. I would boycott Sarah Palin, but how does one go about boycotting NOTHING!

  12. I think the whole thing has been blown out
    of proportion and as soon as everyone goes
    about his/her business the better! He has
    apologized several times. He put his big foot in his mouth and this time he really
    made a huge mistake! Don’t you think he knows that?

  13. The Dawn Ray email from Hilton.com as shown above is just another example of corporate cowardice and general lack of ethics when it comes to caving in to threats of boycotts over social issues. This predictable reaction was used over 20 years and since by the Moral Majority to censor mildly liberal TV’s sitcoms because social conservatives they didn’t like them. Change the channel and stop policing others! A poor joke is only that. I think we may think twice before stayingg again at Embassy Suites. Your ad censorship is a “double edged sword” Miss Ray.

  14. Laughable those that say they are sick and tired, leave Dave alone..that is until their child is attacked and then they are incensed, angry, lashing out…this is no normal joke and proves Latterman is a hate filled bully..I hope the ahole is fired. He isnt funny and hasnt been in years.

  15. Hello my friends, it is i. mr kim:
    We must all get together and Boycott (Embassy Suites) One My wife went in to see how much it would cost her to rent rooms for the week her brother lukifuc and his wife are coming for a visit so they need hotel room, we would have the room but my no 5 bastard son tokoni and his wife are staying with us right now. nothing we can do about it now. I keep telling his fat wife, i tell her like this: Hay, fat bitch! pick up your 5 yard of pantie off the bathroom floor. This is the 9 time i will be replacing the door frame in the past 6 months. my wife had to go to the Refrigerator store to buy an extra one. The other day she got stuck in the bath tub, two inches from bottom. The boys from the fire house came hooked up a what you call it, picker of cherrys, i think thats what thay called it and it broke in half, my nabor mr chow asked what kind of metal you people using, pot metal? sign on the side say: lift 2,500 lbs. so i go over to my wife minglee and say; hay fat bitch broke the picker of cherry, next time she sit at table for over 4 hours you kick her ass off. between you and me squint eye look like droop eye. Mr kim make joke! ha ha funny! Mr kim wonder why bathtub seen wider, also Leave Letterman alone Mr. kim think he funny
    if you can`t take a joke once in while you turn in to a little sissy and cry to mommy, like sissy boy ho live next street over from mr kim, he cry like little bitch, but on other hand he make Mr Kim laugh every day; it no wonder America going to shit in hell basket.
    Everybody becoming to sissy and way to sensitive. Remember to much soy turn you fag boys.i think Mr kim laugh at all of you! oh! Mr kim forgot about blog; boycott Embassy Suites price to high, Give Mr kim a break, Mr Kim not pay 300.00 a night. Brotherinlaw lukifuc & wife can pay My kim no a fool

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