This is no defense of David Letterman or his behavior. But I keep in mind:
- Letterman has never made any pretension of being Christian or of upholding Christian values.
- He married just this spring after over 10 years of a more-or-less monogamous relationship (obviously somewhat less).
- He's lived his life getting laughs for making light of serious stuff and pushing the edge in any way permissible (egged on by adoring audiences).
- Once it was clear what he described as his own "creepy" behavior was going to cause harm to himself and his loved ones, instead of covering it up or excusing it, he came out with it publicly and straightforwardly (unlike so many others, even in Christian circles).
- I was watching the night he made his statement (unaware what he was doing) and I think the audience laughed more out of not knowing what was coming, what to do, or how else to respond. I don't think their laughter and applause was somehow excusing or supporting his "creepy" behavior. They were there for levity; they got an unexpected jolt of reality. They laughed nervously, it seems to me, somehow trying to support someone doing/saying something very difficult and awkward.
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