October 18, 2009

More dwelling on creepy old guys

Let's dwell on Dave for a few minutes - that would be Letterman.

Creepy old guy preying on young - young enough to be his daughter's & grand-daughter's - female staffers over a period of decades.

Oddly, many pieces have been *careful* to report Letterman's assertion that he has been faithful since his marriage - a marriage, as it happens, to one of his former staff. What almost every report omits is that Letterman was in a relationship with his now wife for at least 23 years - and that he got married in March 2009. Yep. That would be all of seven months ago. His claims, therefore, of faithfulness since his marriage take on a dark tinge of self-serving spin.

Yes, perhaps after having had young women on-tap at his place of work for decades makes his seven months worth of fidelity a truly exemplary achievement, but, jeebus, really, pull the other one dude.

"The single most distasteful aspect of this episode is the deliberate stocking of the “work” environment with receptive “playthings” for Dave’s amusement, like a sultan stocking his harem. Letterman never needed to set foot outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre to procure female company.


While women like Birkett and Regina Lasko, his former staffer, now wife, were complicit, it does have a hideously repellent feel to it."


An ugly old guy, with a house in Dubbo and a bit of savings or a job is a very attractive proposition for some young thing in Asia or Russia, or even Australia. It's relative and it has ever been thus. There will always be young women prepared to overlook the repellent factor so as to have their life circumstances enhanced by the perceived power and wealth of some old guy. And it's only ever men of relative power or wealth who attract these young women. They don't seek out unemployed 50 or 60 year old's living in a housing commission flat. Do all those old geezers understand this, or do they truly believe that they're *special*, that they're so attractive and virile that women of all ages - but mostly young! - find them inherently irresistible?


What does the Letterman story tell us about Dave? Only that, despite his fame and wealth, he is so pathetic and inept at finding or wooing women, and so incompetent at intimacy, that his sexual and emotional needs had to be met with a never ending supply of young women on his payroll.


Here's the only intelligent piece I've read so far, which is written by one of Letterman's former writers ... not a long piece and you won't feel tawdry when you're done -


Moral of the story: Is Letterman hurting anyone?




5 comments:

  1. There's another issue that I find a bit interesting (and unfair really) and that is with the right kind of PR this whole situation can be dealt with in such a way to make Letterman look good. As with Clinton, he can be presented as the mischievous naughty boy. The old "boys will be boys" defence.

    Unfortunately, women caught in similar situations don't get the same chance and tend to get branded with some pretty uncomplimentary terms that can be career ending.

    As was asked to me recently, what really is the difference between a stud and a slut?

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  2. Yes Dan, all true.

    Letterman has been, mostly, very savvy in his handling of this situation.

    Firstly, by going straight to the police - dah, what kind of idiot in real life would trust a blackmailer? So, he wasn't dumb enough to make-like a TV character, despite $2M being loose change to him.

    Secondly, by being the one to break his own story. Doesn't get better than that. He was his own exclusive.

    His lame and not convincing public apology to his wife was bungled,but that's an issue he'll be dealing with at home for months, if not years to come.

    Impossible to imagine a women getting the same sort of fawning treatment that Letterman has received.

    Didn't that female pollie in Tassie fess up, before it became public knowledge via other means, to the affair with the chauffeur? We know how well that turned out for her. Suicide attempt, lost her job. Yep. Certainly career ending.

    I do find it creepy that Letterman is being treated like some naughty little boy. Oh, and he's also presenting himself that way, playing it up, in fact.

    Except that he's not a little boy and he hasn't merely been a little bit naughty. The guy is into his seventh decade. He's a creepy old guy preying on young women, because he can. It's not cute, it's not endearing. It's not even original.

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  3. "What does the Letterman story tell us about Dave? Only that, despite his fame and wealth, he is so pathetic and inept at finding or wooing women, and so incompetent at intimacy, that his sexual and emotional needs had to be met with a never ending supply of young women on his payroll."

    Couldn't have put it any better, Caz.

    "Except that he's not a little boy and he hasn't merely been a little bit naughty. The guy is into his seventh decade. He's a creepy old guy preying on young women, because he can. It's not cute, it's not endearing. It's not even original."

    Exactly!

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  4. Anonymous5:36 PM

    Nothing new here; DL is just one of the many who simply can't help themselves. If we don't pay attention he may go away.

    It's all so boring boring boring (and predictable).

    There ya go - he's gone.

    j

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  5. I actually think Dave is well worth paying attention to Justin, primarily because, as an anecdote of the real status of women even in 2009, it's stark, unambiguous.

    Too often there's enough muck-racking of the women involved in these sexual-exchange for status situations that everyone (happily) ignore the subtext, preferring to accept the habit of women being labeled ambitious little scrubbers.

    One hundred years: women have barely come far at all, and male opinions of them have not evolved an iota. It doesn't go away.

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