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In a previous letter to you I talked about the ordeal I went through getting my ex-partner David’s hospital bills paid by his company’s insurance company after he was injured on the job a few years ago. I offered this personal anecdote as an example of how to fight back at Corporate America when it’s in the wrong, but think it’s important to tell you and your readers more of the story to illustrate how important persistence is in dealing with large corporations that require time and relentless commitment before your message finally sinks in.
This is all, of course, pursuant to the ongoing boycott of David Letterman’s sponsors in relation to the jokes he made on June 8th and June 9th about the hypothetical statutory rape of 14 year-old Willow Palin by 33 year-old Alex Rodriguez during the seventh inning stretch of the Yankees game the minor child Palin daughter attended with her mother, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Today, we learned that The Olive Garden, Hellmann’s Mayo, and Embassay Suites are the first three advertisers to pull their support for David Letterman and his brutalization of young women in such sexist, misogynistic, and vulgar terms. Letterman offered up a weak “apology” riddled with excuses and justifications for his odious behavior (which in my book doesn’t amount to an apology at all — the way David’s mother, Louella, my ex-mother-in-law, used to apologize for the various terrible things she routinely did to me by saying, “Well, I’m sorry if you found that offensive, BUT…”). The moonbats, Obots, and trolls then came out in full force chanting, “it’s over! He said he’s sorry! Move on!” just when the tide’s turning and both Corporate America and Letterman’s handlers realize they’ve got a big problem on their hands.
The same thing happened to me in the three month letter-writing war I waged against what I’ll call the Mutual Benefit Insurance Company and David’s employer at the time, a retail giant I’ll call Boxco: just when we started to make some traction and get concessions out of Mutual Benefit and Boxco, Louella started telling David we should just give up, because we were never going to win, and were spending so much money on postage. “Besides,” Louella concern-trolled to David, “Mutual Benefit offered to pay 25% of the bills, and that’s better than nothing.” I reminded Louella that paying 100% of the bills was better than settling for 25%, and Louella scoffed, “Well, if YOU can get THEM to pay 100% of David’s bills then I’m a monkey’s uncle.”
More like a cankerous and stinky baboon’s butt, in my opinion, but you see what I had to deal with for three years while living with David and being part of a relationship that including not just he and I, but also a very opinionated, perpetually wrong septugenarian long distance back in Richmond Heights, Ohio.
David’s hospital bills were $15,000, after having a seizure while at work operating some computer equipment, then cracking his head open on a work station as he fell to the floor and was knocked unconcious. His supervisor made the decision to call 911 before David regained consciousness, and he was in the emergency room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (the most expensive in downtown Chicago, while other more affordable options were available) before he ever came to. From there, he was whisked through a dozen different MRIs and CAT-scans, racking up a bill in the thousands. The doctors decided, after a few hours, that those initial scans were all inconclusive, so they scheduled him for another round of scanning over the next two days, requiring him to rack up the majority of his hospital bill in what amounts to one of the world’s most expensive hotels.
David’s work called me, as I was his emergency contact person, and mercifully Northwestern gave me no trouble for being David’s male partner: I was allowed to see him, consult with his doctors, and make decisions about his care the same way I would have if we were a heterosexual couple instead of two gay men. David’s mother meddled in all of this from afar, the same way she would have, undoubtedly, if we were a heterosexual couple as well (and instead of being the unctious cartoon Louella, she was Pearl Slaghoople, or some equally cartoonish derivation thereof). Louella was 80% of the reason David stayed in the hospital as long as he did, while both he and I decided he was fine to go home (and that the hospital was just trying to rack up a bigger bill). David listened to Louella, however, and thus began the $15,000 battle.
And let me tell you, the hospital wasted no time in billing David. His injury happened on a Monday, and he was in the hospital until 330pm on Wednesday (we later found out that if he had been released at 259pm he would have only been billed for half a day on Wednesday, instead of the whole day that he was charged…which I’m SURE was just a coincidence). By Friday, we had the first of the many bills that arrived, with each doctor and specialist billing David separately.
Being a project manager, I just handled the process the way I would a landscape or construction project I worked on: treating each doctor as a subcontractor and bundling all their invoices into a binder as I began prep to fight this case. Also in project management mode, I spent hours at the library researching governing statutes and used a friend’s LexisNexis login to bone up on governing statutes and relevent precedents covering worker’s compensation and employees being seriously injured on the job, through no fault of their own, while operating work machinary in the course of their normal job duties.
I found at least three cases where various workers had seizures while operating work machines and somehow injured themselves, resulting in trips to the hospital after employer’s called ambulances. Just like David’s case. In all these instances, including one that happened at a bakery and another in an office where the machine in question was a computer, the employee’s medical bills were 100% covered by worker’s comp — just as David’s should have been.
Because, not being able to afford insurance at the time (and not being covered by my insurance in Illinois because this state does not require employers to treat two male partners like two heterosexual spouses), if given a choice, David would have either gone to the cheapest hospital he could find or would have gone to an Urgi-care center or Minute Clinic to get another opinion before committing to spending thousands of dollars on tests that ended up all being “inconclusive” (which, to me, still suggests the hospital believed all along those tests were doing nothing more than helping to pay for the new 128-bit GE CT-scanner that cost Northwestern a bundle).
The insurance company started denying David’s claim as soon as the bills started coming, and the very day a denial of payment would come in I’d use everything I researched to hit back, refuting everything the insurance company said. I quoted directly from both case law and federal/state statutes to show Mutual Benefit and Boxco why, precisely, they were wrong in denying this claim — further pointing out that under federal law both companies could make themselves open to civil suit on our part for willfully, capriciously, and arbitrarily denying a valid worker’s compensation claim and, thus, adding more needless stress to an injured worker.
Essentially, that law’s in there to prevent behemoths like Mutual Benefit from denying, denying, denying claims until an injured worker is bankrupt, homeless, or dead and the insurance company never has to pay out on its claim. If a claim is deemed valid by the worker’s compensation board — which David’s was, in all three hearings that were held — and a company just keeps denying it without substantive reason, the penalties were something like thousands of dollars for each act of capricious denial.
And there I was, keeping track of all those instances, writing a letter a day right up the bureaucratic chains at Mutual Benefit and Boxco. First, I wrote to just David’s claim supervisor, Maryann…and after I realized the game she was playing, I figured out who her supervisor was, and who that person’s regional manager was. Every letter I wrote I copied to two people above the person i was writing to — so that not only would the recipient realize I meant business, but she or he would wonder what those in the regional office were saying about what was going on in that department.
I just kept writing and writing and writing, with another letter of denial coming every day.
And every time I wrote, I included copies of all the letters I wrote beforehand as well.
Our living room became an assembly line for these letters. I had stacks and stacks of paper, all piled neatly, always ready to go. When I’d finish a new letter, I’d print out 30 copies, then work the assembly line to include copies of all the paperwork before it, with CC: to the entire C-suite at both Mutual Benefit and Boxco.
Then, I moved onto the Boards of Directors of both companies…and then I started CC-ing the local media in all the cities where these companies had offices. Of course, I was also copying the state and federal worker’s comp and labor department officials on all of this too.
Towards the end of the three months it took to get all of David’s medical bills paid, I had two pages of CC-ed people on each letter. I think the last batch of letters we sent out had 50 people copied on it.
Now, not everyone got every letter even if they were copied on it — that’s a little trick I pulled on Mutual Benefit. I would ALWAYS copy certain important people, like David’s claims supervisor and the CEOs of the companies, but then I’d pick 5 out of all the people I CC-ed to send actual packets to. Since I was mailing packets every day, I’d typically hit everyone on the list with at least one packet, so if they were in communication with one another, someone was always receiving SOMETHING. I just made it look like they were all getting every packet.
Just to make these people realize that the letter writing was never going to stop unless they did what they were supposed to do and paid David’s medical bills in full.
I also kept track of what I spent on the printing and postage of all the correspondence to convince them to do what they were supposed to do anyway, because as I understood the law if these people willfully, capriciously, and arbitrarily denied David’s claims and forced us to spend so much out of our own pocket to get them to do what they were supposed to do anyway, they should reimburse us.
Despite Louella every day saying I needed to just give up and accept the 25%, then 50%, then 75% that Mutual Benefit offered to pay of the medical bills, I held out for 100% payment (and ultimately received that, with a $1,000 settlement to cover our costs incurred in the investigation and resolution of this claim).
Louella wanted us to give up at 25% and kept telling David it was hopeless.
I knew we weren’t done yet, and that we had to be persistent.
Louella wanted us to give up at 50% and kept telling David I just needed to shut up.
I knew we weren’t done yet, and that it takes weeks before Corporate America takes anyone seriously.
Louella wanted us to give up at 75% and kept telling David that “Mutual Benefit is sorry, just tell him to move on to something else, that obsessive little French f***” (which is what she often called me).
I knew if we just kept up the assembly line that Mutual Benefit and Boxco would soon do whatever it took to stop the letters from coming.
And I was right.
So, I tell you this to remind everyone that David Letterman’s advertisers will indeed desert him, but the pressure must be kept on them to do so. It’s been about 9 days since Letterman made his vulgar “joke” about the statutory rape of Willow Palin by Alex Rodriguez. In just 9 days three major sponsors have abandoned Letterman.
Just imagine what his sponsorship deals will look like after 18 days…27 days…a full 30 days.
Maybe you can convince Mars Candy, Kelloggs, and Johnson + Johnson to drop him like Olive Garden, Hellmann’s, and Embassy Suites did.
I bet at least one of those will dump Letterman before 30 days is out.
But, the real victory will never fully be known because no matter how many sponsors actually drop Letterman publicly, the ad execs will surely use 30 days’s worth of boycott letters to negotiate much-reduced ad rates from CBS in the future. So you could be hurting Letterman in ways you will never understand, just by standing up against this leftist political activist and showing Madison Avenue and the CBS execs that he can’t get away with this misogyny anymore.
So, I remind you that nothing good has ever come from listening to trolls and Louellas. They either don’t know what they are talking about, or they want you to fail, for whatever reason. They also smell bad, have horrific teeth, and are twice-divorced publicly shamed adulteresses who live in glass houses and throw a lot of stones (at least in the case of my Slaghoople former mother-in-law, anyway).
Keep the pressure up, and see for yourself that determination and perseverence pay off big time in the end.
Consider this an open thread for the David Letterman Protest Rally taking place today from 430-630pm outside the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York.
If you are going, bring your cameras and take as many pics as your camera can hold, including video of the protest. IMMEDIATELY get to a computer as fast as you can and load the video up to YouTube and the pics up to Flickr or Facebook. The MSM won’t cover this protest, so it’s up to you to do the job journalists stopped doing when the MSM became Dr. Utopia’s State TV and Ministry of Propaganda.
We have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen at the Protest Rally today.
There could be hundreds of people, or there could be thousands, or just dozens. We have no idea how many will show up. There was not a lot of time to organize this, so we’ll see if the Tea Party spirit prompts people to turn out and make their voices heard in large numbers today.
Right now, we’re thinking about the ramifications of a lot of things, including:
(1) Will Republicans follow through on this, or will they fall into old habits, get distracted, and move onto other things before Letterman is really raked over the coals, Imus-style? Concern trolls have been everywhere the last day or so, insisting “I agree Letterman is disgusting and was wrong, but I think it is time to move on as we really need to talk about healthcare now”. That’s what a concern troll does: it’s a person working from a script with an agenda to de-motivate you on the Internets (that series of pipes and tubes, of which you are viewing now).
Concern trolls are expertly deployed by the Left to dampen Republican (and moderate Dem, as the case may be) spirit. Concern trolls breed Eeyores, those people who say things like “It’s hopeless! We might as well stop because they are never going to fire Letterman! We are wasting our time and it is better to just do nothing and complain about things quietly to myself!”
One of the most glaring instances of the difference between Republicans and Democrats happened back in August of last year on the first pub crawl Democrats for McCain did with the Chicago Young Republicans here. We actually did this in Boystown, the way we always did pub crawls to recruit volunteers for Team Hillary efforts, and we were so surprised we got about 25 CYRs (all straight) to come out to Boystown with us and join forces to recruit volunteers for McCain (netting about 50 solid volunteers, in the most unlikely of places according to the MSM). Well, the bars were packed that night and at almost every one of them the CYRs would take a look at the line and say, “Oh, that’s too long. I can’t wait in that line. Let’s do something else.” And we would remind them, “The line moves fast. This bar is the biggest in town, with a lot of people in the 30-50 age group we want, who would be most likely to give McCain a shot if we talk about tax issues, spending, and McCain’s stance about earmarks”. But, the CYRs never wanted to wait for anything, and would instead want to go to a small bar down a sidestreet that was empty (which equals lowered potential for recruits) than wait in a 10 minute line to get into a bar where we had the potential to talk to over 1,000 people all in one place.
Consistently, this is something we, as moderate Dems, notice Repubicans do. As a group, they don’t understand the value of patience or persistence. They give up if there is a long line, or get distracted down a side street instead of focusing on the main event. Will that happen today, where people start listening to the MSM “to just stay home, this is over, he said he was sorry, move on” or will they stand their ground and turn out to decry sexism and misogyny and stand up for Palin? We’ll see at 430pm EST.
(2) If the numbers are large, in New York City, of all places, Republicans need to realize just how special Sarah Palin is. There is no other Republican who can motivate people to fight like she can. Could you imagine people organizing a boycott and protest in response to an attack on Bobby Jindal, Charlie Crist, John Huntsman, or Mitt Romney? That’s not going to happen. Ever. There are a lot of Republicans we know here in Chicago who say things like, “Palin will get attacked. Tina Fey will come out of retirement and end her campaign. Palin will become a joke.” We remind them of what the Left did to Ronald Reagan prior to the 1980 campaign. They called him stupid. They made jokes about him and the monkey he co-starred with in that Bonzo movie. They said he was just a lightweight, not very good actor. And now he’s a Republican icon.
Well, we believe you’ve got a new icon in Palin, but most Republicans don’t realize it yet. Not only does she have charisma and appeal to regular Americans, but she motivates people like us, moderate Democrats, to stand up on her behalf (something she does much, much better than Reagan ever did). She also comes packaged with WONDERFUL natural marketing potential as a candidate: a red/white/blue moose decal everywhere and other Alaskan-themed images, at once reminiscent of Teddy Roosevelt and also the American pioneer spirit…but also the kind of personality and vitality that would allow her to use a rockin’ song like “We’re Not Gonna Take It” as her campaign theme…because after 4 years of socialism, that is exactly what Americans are going to want to hear, and Palin’s exactly who more than half of them are going to want to hear it from.
A big showing for Palin today would be a surprise for many people…and could, four years from now, be seen as the germination of her presidential bid…in the same way that the MSM likes to use Dr. Utopia’s address to the DNC in 2004 as the launch of his own campaign so far in advance.
There is something truly special about Sarah Palin the MSM and Left does not understand. We don’t claim to understand all of it either. We have no idea what’s going to happen today, but know Letterman and his ilk on the Left are already galvanizing Sarah Palin into an icon she would never have become without their constant barrage of attacks.
We hope enough people turn out today to rattle CBS, David Letterman, the DNC, the Liberal Left, The Olive Garden, Mars Candy, Kelloggs, Johnson + Johnson, and the rest of Leterman’s sponsors so that they not only think twice about attacking the Palins in such ugly terms again, but also hesitate to attack women in general in these vulgar, sexist, and misogynistic terms anymore.
In a few hours, we’ll know what sort of turnout there is, and can then begin to piece together what it all means, but there certainly is a lot to think about…and a ready-made theme song to set it all to:
In case you are living under a rock somewhere, we hope Republicans out there all see the Alinsky-Al Sharpton style methods work: over the weekend, two of David Letterman’s sponsors apparently dropped him: Embassy Suites and Hellmann’s Mayo (still waiting on confirmation on that one, but it’s been appearing in emails to people from Hellmann’s corporate all morning).
These are not some of the four biggest advertisers of Letterman’s like Olive Garden, Mars Candy, Kelloggs, and Johnson + Johnson, but it’s a great start.
CBS obviously felt the heat and instructed Letterman to make another statement regarding his jokes about statutory rape. Once again, instead of just saying he was wrong, admitting his staff wrote a joke about a 14 year-old being statutory raped by 33 year-old Alex Rodriguez, and then tried to claim he was actually “joking” about “some other Palin daughter” thousands of miles and several time zones away, Letterman hemmed and hawed and tried to excuse his behavior.
Well, there is no excuse for his behavior.
Just as, to the Left, there was no excuse for Don Imus’ behavior.
Imus apologized after calling the Rutger’s female basketball team “a bunch of nappy-headed hos”. Al Sharpton heard that comment and, Adam West style, immediately slid down the race-baiter pole to his top-secret race-baiting cave deep beneathe Harlem, where his rally signs, protest banners, and legion of wailers and screamers are always revved up and ready to go. No sooner had the words left Imus’ mouth, it seemed, did Sharpton begin his march in front of the cameras, rolling around on the floor with a hue and cry for Imus to be fired.
Sharpton may be a lot of things (a crook, a liar, a snake, a cheat, a shameless race-baiter), but he man is a GENIUS when it comes to holding the MSM accountable for what he personally feels is RAAAAAAAACIST.
You can agree with Sharpton or not. You can think his tactics are childish and ridiculous — and we would agree with you. But, there’s no one who can deny Sharpton’s effectiveness. If forcing corporate America to its knees were an Olympic sport, Sharpton would be Michael Phelps, though hopefully not squeezed into anything manufactured by Speedo.
Ironically enough, Republicans most often remind us of the Gore Recount campaign back in 2000 whenever they are up against the MSM. Have you seen the HBO movie “Recount”? It’s worth a watch just for the depiction of Warren Christopher and Donna Brazile as the two most bumbling and asinine advisors a presidential candidate ever had. At some point in the movie, someone notes that Gore’s team “brought a knife to a gun fight”, because Christopher and Brazile kept saying how undignified this or that was, or how they were going to take the high road here or there, and how they had all these other bigger battles they needed to fight.
Yap. Yap. And more yap.
Meanwhile, at Bush HQ, Rove, Baker, and the Republicans actually operated effectively. As James Carville notes on his speaking engagements with Rove, “Bill Clinton would have won in 1992 with or without Carville, but Bush would never have won in 2000 without Rove”. A truer statement was never made, and largely this all boils down to the way the two camps approached that 2000 recount.
The other night, a group of friends was talking to us about another movie, Showgirls, with Elizabeth Berkley and many others whose careers have never recovered. The movie is terrible, but 99% of the people in it act their parts like they’re in a Royal Shakespeare production — all except Gina Gershon, who knows just how awful a movie she’s in, and revels in it. Everyone else pretends they’re in a much better movie than they’re actually in, but Gershon alone gets it.
Republicans got it back in 2000. They brought Uzzis to the knife fight.
Republicans got it back in 2004. Say what you want about Rove, but he masterfully rolled that election.
And then, after having won the White House for two terms in a row, Republicans wandered off into a fog and forgot where they were and what world they are living in. Rove is your Gina Gershon, but instead of following his example, you’ve all been pretending you are things you are not, living in an alternate reality whenever you try to pretend the MSM’s bias isn’t important and that you needn’t counter it each and every day to keep the moonbats in check.
There is absolutely nothing more important than hitting back HARD every time the opponent takes even the slightest swing at you.
Boy, does Al Sharpton ever know that. He declared all-out-war on CBS and its advertisers over the nappy-headed hos remark. Sharpton could not possibly care less about the Rutgers basketball team. We doubt he’s thought much about it since. But, it was an opportunity for him to flex his muscles and remind the MSM that any jab at the black community would be addressed with a loud, angry, take-no-prisoners mob.
Republicans, and women, need to realize that as repugnant as Al Sharpton is, the man is certainly effective. And did we mention repugnant. Because he is. On both counts.
And the great irony is that if Republicans and women both co-opted Sharpton’s playbook, and kept asking themselves “what would Al Sharpton do?” whenever they are confronted by something like David Letterman’s putrid statutory rape jokes, Al Sharpton and his fellow race-baiters like Spike Lee, Jesse Jackson, James Clyburne, Eric Holder, and John Lewis would all be sizably diminished.
As things stand now, Sharpton and company are the only ones who stand up to the MSM with sustained and dedicated effort to pressure sponsors and executives alike to hold on-air “talent” (a term used as loosely as possible) accountable to standards of behavior Sharpton and company themselves set.
You want fair and balanced media? Then put a little Sharpton in your life. Shake that rump. Rev up those pipes. Bellow and bluster and scream out at the obvious bias in the media, directing all your volume at the sponsors. If you take down the sponsors, you take down the networks. It is that simple, and it is what Sharpton has been doing now for over 20 years.
The same is true for women: you want an end to sexism and misogyny? You want political activists like David Letterman to be as afraid of making statutory rape jokes as they are about telling jokes about a watermelon patch or fried chicken? You want the MSM to be as afraid of being called sexists and misogynists as they are positively terrified of being labeled RAAAAAAAACIST?
Then you need to follow Al Sharpton’s example and HOLD THE SPONSORS ACCOUNTABLE. In turn, they will hold the networks accountable, which is something Al Sharpton has always known and has proven on more than 100 occasions to be true.
As much as you will hate to admit it, “What would Al Sharpton do?” is a question we ALL need to ask ourselves when dealing with the MSM media and the agenda it’s pushing for the radical socialist Left.
Remember, today is the protest against David Letterman’s particular brand of sexism and misogyny in New York City. For everyone who watched the MSM, Dr. Utopia’s campaign and surrogates, and every pig political activist like Letterman rip apart Hillary Clinton, Geraldine Ferraro, Sarah Palin and other women in last year’s presidential election, this is your chance to fight back and in a loud, clear voice put corporate America and the MSM on notice that women (and the men who support them) — just like the black community under Al Sharpton when it perceives racism afoot — can band together whenever sexism and misogyny appear.
And speaking of Al Sharpton, you need to keep asking yourself, “what would Al Sharpton do?”. Concern trolls are loose everywhere saying, “don’t go to a protest, this is over now, Letterman kind of apologized, I have other things to do”. Did Al Sharpton give up after Don Imus apologized (and apologized sincerely, too, we might add, unlike Letterman)? No, Al Sharpton kept the pressure up until Imus was fired.
David Letterman should be fired as well. The pressure must be kept up.
Because the boycott is working. Very publicly, Embassy Suites announced it’s dropping Letterman’s sponsorship because of the negative reaction Letterman’s vulgar jokes about statutory rape received from a vocal public.
The Olive Garden, Mars Candy, Kelloggs, and Johnson + Johnson are three of David Letterman’s biggest sponsors: what’s their stance on jokes about statutory rape? How do they feel about a political activist going on TV and making such crude “jokes” about one of Sarah Palin’s daughters, and then repeatedly justifying himself by saying he “didn’t know he was doing anything wrong?”. That’s not an apology. An apology takes ownership of what was done, and does not excuse it — because, frankly, with the amount of news coverage Sarah Palin’s trip to New York had there is no excuse for Letterman not to know it was 14 year-old Willow at that baseball game. The “joke” Letterman told about 33 year-old Alex Rodriguez “knocking up Sarah Palin’s daughter during the seventh inning” makes no sense if it’s not about the Palin the daughter who was in close proximity to Rodriguez at that game. We all know A-rod’s a big stud, but even he can’t impregnate someone who’s thousands of miles away, like Bristol Palin, the 18 year-old daughter of Palin (and it would still be disgusting and below the belt if Letterman actually DID mean to tell his joke about Bristol).
Our biggest criticism is that Republicans give up at everything so easily. It is so rare to see conservatives put up any sort of fight in the culture wars. Every day, we keep hearing Republicans say this or that doesn’t matter, or that they don’t pay any attention to Hollywood. But, the truth is AMERICA pays attention to Hollywood. America treats comedians as newscasters. The jokes they tell become engrained in the cultural fabric that impacts people’s thoughts: once a “joke” gets into pop culture, it becomes “true” to most people. Take for instance Tina Fey’s “I can see Russia from my house”. Every day, someone uses this line to slam Sarah Palin’s intelligence, not knowing she never even said this.
The reason things like this stick is because Republicans are so myopic they never push back against any of this stuff, because “it doesn’t matter”. So, the Left lobs these “jokes” at Republicans, Republicans never fight back, and the Left then creates the meme upon which the next election will be played and conservatives are always forced to play catch-up, without ever making any ground or winning.
David Letterman long ago stopped being a comedian and is indeed a political activist. His job, and the job of his peers in the MSM, is to take down Sarah Palin so that she is not a viable candidate for president in 2012 against Dr. Utopia. When Palin is successfully eliminated, these clowns will go to work on the next most promising Republican, creating “I can see Russia from my house” jokes to eviscerate them too (and, considering the fact the MSM is pushing people like Bobby Jindal, Charlie Crist, Mitt Romney, and John Huntsman to be the Republican nominee in 2012, it won’t be hard for them to top what Tina Fey did to Palin in 2008, that’s for damn sure).
If you don’t take a stand here and now, this will just keep happening over and over and over again.
Double your efforts and get Olive Garden, Mars Candy, Kelloggs, and Johnson + Johnson to join Embassy Suites and dump David Letterman.
Send a message to the MSM that there’s a new strategy in the culture wars employed by Republicans: and it’s called getting off their lazy butts and actually DOING SOMETHING for a change.
Spend the money for a good cause and FedEx letters to all the companies you can, straight to their C-suite: yes, it is expensive. Will those letters get to the Board? Yes. Will they read those letters? Yes — because you went to the expense to actually FedEx them a document that can be tracked, which you have a record of them receiving.
If not FedEx, then register-mail well-written letters asking what Olive Garden’s corporate stance is on jokes about the statutory rape of a 14 year-old.
If not register-mail, then slap a 44-cent stamp on a well-crafted, no more than three paragraph, one page letter letting Mars Candy know it’s going to be Hershey from now on in your household because you can’t support a company that helps keep David Letterman on the air.
If not a piece of mail, then send a FAX to Kelloggs letting them know that a company which dropped Michael Phelps like a hot potato after one bong hit sure seems to think statutory rape is funny with its continued public support of David Letterman.
If not that FAX then call Johnson + Johnson and tell them that Procter & Gamble will become your family’s choice for household goods since J+J has decided to keep the lights on at the Ed Sullivan theater by standing by David Letterman as he wallows in sexism and misogyny, then makes weak excuses for his behavior that are so very easily refuted (as we do not believe for an instant he and his staff of dozens of people had no idea it was 14 year-old Willow Palin he was “joking” about Alex Rodriguez statutory raping at the Yankees game).
If not a FAX then burn up the phone lines hitting Letterman’s major sponsors hard today.
If you are going to the protest, make sure your signs call out Letterman’s ADVERTISERS so corporate brand managers look at the protest and see signs like this everywhere:
Give those brand managers nightmares, and more sponsors of Letterman’s nightly pigfest will yank their ad dollars, teaching CBS a valuable lesson as it’s in the process of negotiating to keep Letterman on the air another 2 years (which is already 20 years past his prime).
Fill the protest in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater today with as many jabs at Letterman’s corporate sponsors as possible, and then watch others john Embassy Suites in yanking their support for this misogynist who thinks he’s so clever in his weak excuses for jokes about statutory rape.
If not now, then when do you intend to stand up for women?
If not now, then when are conservatives and moderates going to get off their lazy butts and push back against the David Lettermans, Tina Feys, Jon Stewarts, Jay Lenos, and other political activists on the Left — who every day promote the Liberal Agenda, creating the meme under which elections operate, without so much as a peep from Republicans?
When are Republicans going to wake up and see that unless you take a stand against the Left and its MSM cheerleaders, you will continue to lose the culture wars that ultimately decide elections?
We hope that day is today.
At 430pm in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City — where we hope there will be a large crowd out supporting decency and pushback against misogyny.
Because this is about much more than Sarah Palin. This is about what these creeps did to Hillary Clinton last year, what they did to Geraldine Ferraro in 2008 and 1984. What these creeps do to just about any woman who dares to run for office.
And it will never change unless we all band together across party lines and do our part to inflict as much damage on David Letterman’s brand as possible so that the next Tina Fey or Letterman who decides to morph from comedian to political activist will take pause before awakening this unlikely coalition again.
No more sexism.
No more misogyny.
No more David Letterman.
Enough is enough, already.
WHERE: New York City, Ed Sullivan Theater, 1697 Broadway
PURPOSE: To protest Letterman’s joke about statutory-raping Willow Palin and his sexism and misogyny in general
*Note: They need as many people there as possible taking video of the protest and getting it onto the web as quickly as possible. The MSM will cover for political activist Letterman, of course, and will refuse to show any of this — or will try to diminish what they do show. So getting as much of the truth out there on the Internet is important.
Spread the word to anyone you know who is within 4 hours of New York City.
Sarah Palin is a supporter of the Tea Party movement, so if you were part of the Tea Parties please use your networks to bring people out tomorrow to protest David Letterman’s perversions and misogyny at the Ed Sullivan Theater.
FACT: On June 8th, 2009, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin attended a New York Yankees game with her 14 year-old daughter Willow, the only one of her children in the state of New York with her.
FACT: On June 8th, 2009, political activist David Letterman made a “joke” about the Palin daughter attending the New York Yankees game (which could only mean 14 year-old Willow, as she was the only Palin daughter there), claiming she was “knocked up” by Yankees player Alex Rodriguez during “the seventh inning stretch”.
FACT: Alex Rodriguez is 33 years-old.
FACT: Sexual intercourse, required to “knock up” Palin’s daughter, between a the 14 year-old at the Yankees game and Yankees player Alex Rodriguez during the seventh inning stretch, as Letterman described, is statutory rape in New York and every state of the union.
FACT: On June 9th, Letterman went on to suggest Willow Palin, 14 years-old, should become one of disgraced former Governor Eliot Spitzer’s prostitutes.
FACT: Throughout the week of June 8th-12th, Letterman repeatedly made sexist, misogynist, and sexual references to Governor Palin, calling her a “slutty flight attendant”, saying she was in town looking for crack cocaine, cast her with antisemitic aspersions, and consistently degraded her in gender-based terms.
FACT: Johnson + Johnson is a major sponsor of David Letterman’s television program, which he uses to promote the liberal agenda, which includes the degradation and misogynistic attack on women. Among the products Johnson + Johnson advertises on David Letterman’s nightly pigfest are Aveeno and KY-brand personal lubricant.
FACT: Without Johnson + Johnson’s support, David Letterman would have no TV program with which to attack and demean women.
Questions: What is Johnson + Johnson’s corporate stance on the statutory rape of 14 year-old girls by 33 year-old baseball players?
Does Johnson + Johnson find this joke funny?
Has Johnson + Johnson reviewed tape of the June 8th and June 9th David Letterman shows and determined the content therein is in keeping with the Johnson + Johnson mission statement, brand identity, and consumer outreach strategy?
Does Johnson + Johnson believe sponsoring a show that exhibits such venom and misogyny towards women is the best place it can spend its advertising dollars?
Please ask these questions and include these facts in letters written to the following board members of Johnson + Johnson, one of David Letterman’s largest advertisers (remember, FedExes directly to these people get their the next day and they are guaranteed to see them; letters written and send USPS will also reach them eventually; FAXes to Johnson + Johnson are the third most effective means of reaching the board; calls to Johnson + Johnson are the next best way to reach them; emails to companies are generally disregarded and will most likely bounce back, so they are the last resort when trying to reach a company the size of Johnson + Johnson).
(1) William C. Weldon, Chairman of the Board, CEO
(2) Dominic J. Caruso, VP Finance and CFO
(3) Russell C. Deyo, VP, General Counsel, CCO
One Johnson + Johnson Plaza
New Brunswick, NY 08933 USA
Remember, putting pressure on three of Letterman’s biggest advertisers (Olive Garden, Mars Candy, Kelloggs, and Johnson+ Johnson) is more effective than diluting the heat to the dozens of companies that advertise on Letterman. Getting 3 or 4 large companies to stop supporting sexist and misogynist Letterman for “joking” about the statutory rape of a 14 year-old will have a big impact on CBS. We do not believe Letterman will be fired, because his joke was not racial, and the only time political activists like Letterman are fired for “jokes” are when they are racial in nature. Sexism and misogyny is largely ignored in this country — partly because women (and the men who support them) are not as effective at maintaining boycotts and pressuring corporate America the way Al Sharpton and the black community are.
Please use this open thread to report any new developments regarding Letterman’s advertisers, but post any new advertisers you spot or new addresses you find at the David Letterman Advertisers thread: this way, all those addresses and sponsor names are always in one place.
What else is on your mind today?
Besides the developments in Iran, we’re disgusted to see the photos on Drudge Report of terrorists Dr. Utopia released from Guantanamo Bay and sent to Bermuda: and there they are, splashing in the ocean, having a marvelous time.
All the while, so many Americans can’t even dream of going to a place like Bermuda…and the families of those killed on 9/11 and in other attacks by Islamists are still struggling to stay afloat financially without their loved ones.
But, Dr. Utopa believes terrorists deserve to live in luxury, soaking up the sun, and enjoying the cool breezes off the ocean.
It’s despicable…the change we can believe in.
UPDATE: Mark Steyn asks the question: Why is it funny for Letterman to joke about the statutory rape of Willow Palin, but yet the Left never mentions the inconvenient fact that Dr. Utopia’s brother, George Obama, is a rapist who’s been banned from ever entering Great Britain again? Shouldn’t this be comedy gold in Letterman’s world, too? Because rape is so damn funny, according to Letterman, CBS, and The Olive Garden, Mars Candy, Kelloggs, and Johnson + Johnson.
UPDATE #2: Great take on Palin never backing down. And, also, a call for everyone to stand with her against the liberal left’s attacks — if not now, then when? Or are female politicians forever to face misogyny and sexism from the left with no one to back them up? The reason these clowns like Letterman do this is because we don’t join forces across the aisle to stop it. Democrats are silent when Palin is attacked. Republicans are silent when Hillary is attacked. If we teamed up to shut people like Letterman down, then NO WOMAN WOULD BE ATTACKED THIS WAY, and instead we could focus on issues that matter. THAT’S WHY it’s important to stand with Palin now…and then stand with Hillary together the next time this crap is pulled on her, too. Just like with the black community, if we put aside our other differences and rally together when “one of our own” is attacked, the MSM will grow terrified of ever joking about statutory rape or slutty flight attendants again.
Please add any new advertisers you spot on either Letterman’s show or on his website to the thread above so that we can keep a running list all in one place, instead of spread out over multiple threads.
Use today’s thread for any updates you may have heard about any of Letterman’s sponsors.
h/t to Pumapac.org for the following photoshops of some of Letterman’s advertisers, reflecting their support for Letterman and his misogynistic, pedophilic jokes about a 14 year-old girl being statutory raped by Alex Rodriguez during the seventh inning of a New York Yankees game:
We need photoshops done for Mars Candy products (Snickers, Twix, Milky Way, Mars Bars) and Johnson + Johnson products as well. Take their logo and add a new catch phrase, such as “Snickers: the snack you crave when you’re done laughing about statutory rape” or “Johnson + Johnson: household products for people who think the statutory rape of 14 year-olds is funny”.
Give the brand managers nightmares, and the advertisers will clip their support for Letterman. Once that happens, CBS will be forced to do something about the sexism and misogyny Letterman wallows in on his late night pigfest.
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals is headquartered in Madison, NJ and is one of the largest research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare product companies in the world. It is also, by way of Centrum vitamins, one of David Letterman’s sponsors for The Late Show with David Letterman. Every Centrum vitamin you buy helps keep the lights on in the Ed Sullivan Theater, where on June 8th 2009 David Letterman treated statutory rape as a laughing matter when he “joked” that 14 year-old Willow Palin, the only Palin daughter who attended a baseball game that day, was “knocked up” by 33 year-old Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees during the game.
“Knocking up” a 14 year-old girl is statutory rape.
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Centrum vitamins support the exploitation and brutalization of young women by buying ad space on David Letterman’s program and website.
WRITE TO WYETH AND LET THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE KNOW THAT YOU WILL NOT PURCHASE THEIR PRODUCTS SO LONG AS THEY CONTINUE TO SUPPORT STATUTORY RAPE OF MINORS BY WAY OF THE DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW:
C-Suite Executives of Wyeth:
(1) Bernard Poussot – Chairman, President, CEO
(2) Timothy P. Cost – Senior VP, Corporate Affairs
(3) Gregory Norden – SVP and CFO
(4) Jeffrey E. Keisling – VP Corporate Information Services and CFO
Use this address:
PO Box 237155
New York, New York 10023
and also send letters to the above executives at this address:
5 Giralda Farms
Madison, New Jersey 07940
Also, FAX Wyeth letters at: FAX (973) 660-7111
Call Wyeth at Phone: (973) 660-5500
Email Wyeth at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to GUARANTEE these executives will read your letter, FedEx it to them at the Giralda Farms address. FedEx-es are rushed directly up to the executive’s office.
Writing letters and mailing them through the USPS is the next best option: those letters will be processed by the mailroom and will ultimately reach the executives.
FAX-ing is also a great way to get your complaint to Wyeth. All of these options generate paper at the company that Wyeth must deal with.
Calling Wyeth comes after FAX-ing in terms of what will have an impact.
Emails are the weakest way of reaching Wyeth, but are stil a way to get your point across if you can’t do any of the above.
Be polite, professional, and keep asking Wyeth how it could support a program like Letterman’s where the statutory rape of 14 year-olds is treated as comedy material. Ask what Wyeth’s corporate policy is on statutory rape, and inquire whether the June 8th episode of David Letterman’s show is indicative of how Wyeth feels about women.
What is their corporate stance on the statutory rape of a 14 year old at a baseball game, which David Letterman (and, most likely, men like him in groups such as NAMBLA) think is hilariously funny? If these companies continue to advertise on The Late Show after Letterman so vulgarly said that New York Yankess player Alex Rodriguez, 33, “knocked up” Willow Palin, 14, the only Palin daughter at the New York Yankees game June 8th that Letterman was “joking” about, then these companies support the exploitation and brutalization of minors by helping to keep David Letterman on the air.
How does corporate America justify keeping the lights on at the Ed Sullivan theater for Letterman to brutalize children?
How do companies who stand with David Letterman explain to their customers that they knowingly and deliberately pay for Letterman’s platform that encourages the exploitation of minors?
Why should parents continue to patronize companies that sponsor a man who thinks the statutory rape of a 14 year old girl by a hulking 33 year old man is funny?
The addresses for David Letterman’s sponsors are at this link: we believe focusing on directing all complaints towards three big advertisers like The Olive Garden, Mars Candy, and Kelloggs is the most efficient use of time and resources as thousands and thousands of letters sent to these three companies will have more of an impact than thousands and thousands of letters diluted amongst the hundred or so advertisers who rotate spots on Letterman.
Take down three of Letterman’s biggest sources of income, and CBS will take notice and be forced to make changes going forward to protect their revenue stream.
Please add any new sponsors you saw on last night’s Letterman in the thread linked above so they can continue to be all in one thread for easier reference.