Rush Limbaugh, best known for his racist, homophobic, sexist and antagonist radio broadcast, has issued an apology to Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke for calling her a “slut” on his radio show this week, reports the Huffington Post.
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Fluke found herself the target of Rushy’s wrath because she was advocating for health insurance plans to cover the cost of contraception.
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Besides calling her a “slut,” he also called her a “prostitute” who should compensate men like him for paying for her birth control:
“So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch,” the darling of the Republican party said.
Experiencing a backlash from within his own party that never approached these levels when he was just plain old racist (surprise, surprise), the remarks prompted advertisers to leave in droves and even made President Barack Obama call Fluke to encourage her, saying that Limbaugh’s comments were “reprehensible.”
With his pockets in jeopardy, Rush did the only thing he could do:
“For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.
I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit? In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.
My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.”
Interesting, that he “posits that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom” when he has plenty to say about homosexuality. According to The New Civil Rights Movement, (though, I’d be curious to know what happened to the “old” one), Rush is known to intrude in bedrooms quite a bit. Check out one of his most homophobic quotes:
…let’s say we discover the gene that says the kid’s gonna be gay. How many parents, if they knew before the kid was gonna be born, [that he] was gonna be gay, they would take the pregnancy to term? Well, you don’t know but let’s say half of them said, “Oh, no, I don’t wanna do that to a kid.” [Then the] gay community finds out about this. The gay community would do the fastest 180 and become pro-life faster than anybody you’ve ever seen. … They’d be so against abortion if it was discovered that you could abort what you knew were gonna be gay babies.”
While it is great that Limbaugh has been chopped down to size by a woman fighting for equality, this situation does beg the question:
Where was all this outrage when he was calling the POTUS a “bi-racial oreo” or his recurring character, Bo Snerdley, who touts that he is certified to speak on Black issues because he has a “heavy dose of pure, unadulterated organic slave blood” before proceeding to speak with perfect diction then shifting to “ebonics” so the “hood” can understand him?
What about when he told a Black woman caller to “take the bone out her nose and call him back?
Or how about when he said that the NFL looked like a shoot-out between the Bloods and the Crips without guns?
Or when he said that Black people are only “12 percent of the population, who the hell cares?”
The dollars were rolling in.
So, while it’s great to see the voice of the GOP grovel, it’s quite revealing to see exactly what conservatives feel is “taking it too far.” It’s also interesting to see that Rush is more concerned with his money than standing by his “principles.” The man is bought and paid for just like the “prostitutes” he referenced in his statement.
As if anyone ever doubted it.