Following David Letterman's controversial joke about Sarah Palin's daughter, conservative author Michael Patrick Leahy has created FireDavidLetterman.com, a Web site that encourages citizens to abandon watching the Late Show and cease purchasing any products from companies that advertise during that hour.
Leahy, who according to his Twitter page (http://twitter.com/michaelpleahy) is from Nashville, Tenn., is attempting a grassroots movement to disband the late-night king from his show with the "call three friends" method, writing on blogs, and calling local radio stations. Letterman recently joked on the Late Show that ex-Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's daughter was knocked up by baseball star Alex Rodriguez when the two attended a Yankees game last week. Palin attended the game with her 14-year-old daughter, Willow, causing speculation that Letterman was making a sexual insult against an under-aged girl. Letterman explained the joke on his June 10 episode, contesting that he was making fun of Palin's 18-year-old daughter Bristol, who recently had her first child.
FireDavidLetterman.com suggests that Letterman "violate[d] common decency with sexist insults of 14-year-old girl," and its mission statement reads "David Letterman Must Be Held Accountable For His Disgraceful Statements." Leahy has organized an event scheduled for Tuesday, June 16, at 4:30 p.m. for anyone interested in taking action against Letterman. The rally will be held at the Ed Sullivan Theater at 1697 Broadway in New York City.
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