word du jour: Knocked-Up

According to Merriam Webster’s learner’s dictionary (and everyone else in this country besides Todd Palin) “knocked-up” means PREGNANT not RAPED:

knock up [phrasal verb]

1 knock (someone) up or knock up (someone) informal a chiefly US impolite : to make (someone) pregnant She got knocked up. [=she got pregnant] b Brit : to wake (someone) by knocking on a door knocked him up at 6 a.m.
 
Just in case ol’ Todd is reading this the definition of rape is:
 
1 : an act or instance of robbing or despoiling or carrying away a person by force
2 : unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usually of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent — compare sexual assault, statutory rape
3 : an outrageous violation
 
So when David Letterman said that Sarah Palin’s daughter got knocked up by Alex Rodriguez, it was a bad joke.  It wasn’t even funny.  At all.  But he did not say that anyone should rape anyone.  In fact, rape was never even insinuated (unless you really want to stretch the statutory rape issue–which I don’t).
 
As far as the Eliot Spitzer remark, that was a slam against Eliot Spitzer not Sarah Palin or her daughter.
 
Then there ‘s the remark about Sarah Palin going to Bloomingdale’s to buy more make-up to “update her slutty flight attendant look”.  Well, now, that one was just funny.
 
 
 

6 Replies to “word du jour: Knocked-Up”

  1. In fact, rape was never even insinuated (unless you really want to stretch the statutory rape

    Willow is 14, Willow was at the baseball game with her mother, Letterman says the “knocking up” occurred at the baseball game, and an underage girl having sex with Alex Rodriguez is against the law and is most certainly statutory rape. Statutory rape may be a non-issue to you, but as a mother of a daughter, I would be going after Letterman for this perverted comment with a vengeance. And since I can’t imagine Willow wanting to have sex with a man old enough to be her dad, I think calling it “rape” without the “statutory” is not out of line.

    Children of politicians and celebrities should not be made the butts of jokes by any comedian. I thought the “kids are off limits” statement by Obama during the election was pretty clear and McCain agreed – both men agreed to it, which is commendable. Did Letterman not “get the memo,” or did he think it only applies to attacking the children of Democrats? Bristol just turned 18, so I guess Dave thinks she’s now “fair game” for every sordid slut joke he can muster because she had a child out of wedlock. But when he started on this, she was still 17. And his new wife bore his own child out of wedlock until they recently married… hypocrisy? Or does he joke about his slutty, prostitute wife on TV?

  2. Todd Palin is a tool. And a stupid fool. Had he done his job as a father, his underaged daughter – named Bristol, not Willow – would not have gotten knocked up while she slept with her underaged boyfriend under his roof. And, he would not have knocked up Sarah before they had their shotgun wedding… but we shant talk about that, shall we?

  3. @ Classic Film,
    Rape, statutory or otherwise, is a reprehensible and completely unacceptable act. However, that is not the point here. He made a very bad joke, which was not funny. BUT he never suggested anyone should rape anyone.

    The Palins are blowing this completely out of proportion.

  4. And let’s not forget that it was Sarah Palin who dragged her kids into the political arena for her own political gain. “See, family is so important that I’ve brought them all here for you to admire so you can say ‘awww’ and vote for me, instead of leaving them at home and in school. You betcha.”

    Letterman apologized publicly. Palin would have been better served by gracefully accepting the apology and moving on. To continue on and imply that Letterman is a pervert who hunts and screws minor girls simply cements Palin’s place among the lunatic fringe.

  5. “Statutory rape may be a non-issue to you, but as a mother of a daughter, I would be going after Letterman for this perverted comment with a vengeance. And since I can’t imagine Willow wanting to have sex with a man old enough to be her dad, I think calling it “rape” without the “statutory” is not out of line.”

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    Well, you apparently do not spend enough time thinking, classic. First, the video clearly shows that Willow was not at the game. And Sarah left before the 7th inning stretch. Plus, it was Bristol who got “knocked up.” Levi says that occurred under the Palin roof and with mommy dearest in the next room. Clearly, the joke was not aimed at Willow. Those who still think so are not doing any amount of critical thinking.

  6. ” I thought the “kids are off limits” statement by Obama during the election was pretty clear and McCain agreed – both men agreed to it, which is commendable.”

    ———
    In what alternate universe is the 2008 campaign still going on?

    In what alternate universe is Letterman part of anybody’s campaign or subject to chastisement by politicians?

    And in what alternate universe were any of the kids left alone during the campaign BY LATE NIGHT COMICS?

    About Bristol alone, there were dozens of late night jokes, from many, many sources. During the campaign. Made by people who were not politicians. Bristol, unlike the other kids, has kept a high profile, doing interviews and “advocating” abstinence. Of course she can expect to be made fun of.

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