Following a week of back and forth between CBS late night comic David Letterman and Sarah Palin over a crude joke he told about the Alaska Republican governor’s daughter, the Olive Garden restaurant says it is cancelling all of its scheduled ads on Letterman’s “Late Show” for the rest of the year.
In an email to a Letterman critic obtained by POLITICO, a spokeswoman for the Italian restaurant chain wrote that “there will be no more Olive Garden ads scheduled for ‘The Late Show’ with David Letterman in this year’s broadcast schedule,” citing the talk show host’s “inappropriate comments.”
This seems pretty stupid to me as a business decision. I doubt there are many on the left with a Malkinesque yen for boycotts or that many politically aware types on the left eat at Olive Garden anyway, but I this seems like a polarizing move that may alienate some consumers.
Update. If this is real, it may be the best PUMA blog ever.
Update. If it amuses you, here and here are the contact pages for Olive Garden. I’ve never eaten there, but I was curious to hear more of an explanation from them about this.