After Rush Limbaugh took to his popular talk show and called Georgetown Law Student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” for testifying in Congress about access to contraception, women across the country sprang into action.
The pushback against Limbaugh’s offensive comments has been swift, and many sponsors have already pulled out of his show. At the moment, 12 advertisers and two radio stations have ditched Limbaugh, who issued a half-apology only after many of his advertisers already left. But the fight continues, political pundit Krystal Ball has started the Boycott Rush campaign to get all of the radio host’s backers to pull their support from his show.
After issuing his “I’m sorry if you were offended” half-apology over the weekend, Limbaugh again took to his airwaves to explain his “mistake.” Although he claims to have “mispoken” when he called Fluke a slut and prostitute and told listeners that she was “having so much sex” she needed to be paid for it, he went one step further when he claimed that he was being unfairly criticized for doing the same thing rappers do.
“Talk about a double standard,” Limbaugh said on air Monday. “Rappers can say anything they want about women [and] it’s called art. And they win awards.”
Considering rappers don’t have an entire political party by the throat (*ehem* Republicans), the comparison is not only ridiculous–because like it or not, music IS art–it’s also not an excuse. I doubt Limbaugh takes his cues from Luda, Lil’ Wayne or Drake, so to claim the rap defense is b.s, and even Don Imus–who tried the same line–isn’t buying it.
What I find interesting, however, is how swift the outrage over Limbaugh calling Fluke–a white law student–propelled many to action, while his disparaging comments against First Lady Michelle Obama and other African Americans has caused little outrage. But considering how often black womanhood is demeaned with very little pushback, I’m not surprised.
What do you think? Will more advertisers ditch Rush Limbaugh?