The most extreme radical right-wing Conservative Republican talk show host is Rush Limbaugh who has been at the forefront in spewing racist comments and bigoted remarks especially concerning President Obama. A couple of weeks ago, I published an article entitled, “Rush Limbaugh Continues His Race-Baiting Attacks on President Obama.” Although many of Limbaugh’s comments have been “over the top,” none have been as reprehensible as the recent comments he made when he called Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student, a “slut” and a “prostitute” for publicly advocating that employers cover contraception in their health plans. Rather than apologize for his hateful comments, Limbaugh “doubled-down.” Limbaugh said that he would “happily buy [Sandra Fluke] all the aspirin she wants “to put between her knees in lieu of contraception. He then expanded his offer to the entire university:
“A Georgetown coed told Nancy Pelosi’s hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex they’re going broke, so you and I should have to pay for their birth control. So what would you call that? I called it what it is,” he said. “So, I’m offering a compromise today: I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want.”
Fluke’s testimony at the House Democratic hearing was certainly not as Limbaugh claimed that she’s “having so much sex she’s going broke buying contraceptives.” She told the story of her friend who had an ovary removed because the insurance company wouldn’t cover the prescription birth control medication she needed to stop the growth of ovarian cysts. Limbaugh is accustomed to making up his own “facts” but his disgusting tirade continued to accelerate insisting that if women want their contraception covered, they should post pornographic videos of themselves online. “So Miss Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here’s the deal,” he said. “If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.” Limbaugh might have a passion for pornographic materials to go with his repulsive thought process.
Limbaugh has a huge listening audience estimated at about 20 million people, many of them women. Although he placates to the extreme right-wing of the Republican Party, it is a mystery to me why any sane Republican woman would tolerate such condescending remarks from a man. I imagine that most of Limbaugh’s audience either use or have used contraceptive devices. Since he is now on his fourth wife and apparently has no children, he has probably been a candidate for contraceptive devices unless, of course, he practices abstinence or simply “can’t man up.”
Seventy-five members of Congress sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner expressing their anger at Limbaugh’s remarks and calling for Republican leaders to speak out. None have. I guess the leaders in the Republican Party are just too cowardly to speak out or basically not interested in defending women’s health issues especially regarding contraception. House Speaker John Boehner within the past few hours has repudiated Limbaugh’s comments.” Repudiation is good, but attacking the sources of his revenue has greater implication.
Limbaugh’s comments elicited such fierce condemnation that a campaign began on Twitter to ask Sleep Train to pull its commercials from Limbaugh’s show. Sleep Train, one of the biggest mattress retailers in the country, has been targeted in the past for advertising on Limbaugh’s show.
Several advertisers announced today that they were pulling their commercials from Limbaugh’s radio show because of his inflammatory comments. Mattress store Sleep Train said that it would no longer advertise during Limbaugh’s top-rated show following days of outrage over Limbaugh’s statements about Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown student who was denied a chance to speak at a Congressional hearing about birth control.
“We are pulling our ads with Rush Limbaugh and appreciate the community’s feedback,” the company tweeted.
Also today, another mattress company, Sleep Number, tweeted through a spokeswoman that it had also pulled its ads from Limbaugh’s show. “Recent comments by Rush Limbaugh do not align w/our values, so we made decision to immediately suspend all advertising on that program.”
Quicken Loans also pulled its advertising by tweeting, “Due to continued inflammatory comments– along w/valuable feedback from clients & team members– QL has suspended ads on Rush Limbaugh program.”
Other advertisers including ProFlowers are also fielding angry messages on Twitter. “Rest assured, your feedback is heard. We heard about the comments and we will reevaluate our marketing plan.” –Cori. “We would like to assure you that we do not endorse the views expressed by Rush Limbaugh. We understand your concerns and value your feedback.” According to Think Progress, eHarmony has also been fielding complaints and have said they are considering taking action as well.
Rush Limbaugh is by far one of the most disgusting and vile radio talk show hosts and should be fired. His racist rants and disgraceful commentary over the years has been extreme and I believe has adversely affected the Republican Party. One can readily understand why his first three wives dumped him. Before long, his fourth wife, Kathryn, will probably realize the despicable personality Limbaugh is and will probably do what the previous three did, but that’s just my take.
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