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Please to be clearing up confusion now thank you. [Mar. 6th, 2012|09:20 am]
Marissa Lingen

I am confused, so I turn to you, o livejournal, to help me.

Why are advertisers pulling their ads from Rush Limbaugh's show?

Specifically, why were any advertisers who cared even a little bit if he had any shreds of humanity left still advertising on Rush Limbaugh's show in the first place?

Of course it was horrible of him to call that poor woman a slut for daring to have a friend with such poor judgment as to get ovarian cysts and possibly even to choose to use birth control herself. He is a terrible human being who uses his radio show for terrible things. But here is where I get confused: what year is this? I know it's disorienting, what with Newt Gingrich running for president and all, but seriously, what year is this? In what universe might someone look up and say, "Wait! Rush Limbaugh! Not a contributor to civil discourse after all? Not someone we wish to associate our product with? Well, I never! Why didn't someone tell me? I thought he read the weather."

("Slutty feminazi showers that hate white people are brewing over the Northeast this weekend, probably to ruin capitalism....")

Sleep Number? Sears? Where have you been for the entirety of my adult life and incidentally much of my childhood? Rush Limbaugh has been this bad for quite some time now. Yes. This bad. Really exactly this bad. Why is now the time to notice? I guess better late than never, but...this late? Really? And you want a cookie? It's going to be one of the floor cookies the dog turned her nose up at, guys, because the rest of us? The ones with at least one neuron firing? Were well aware.

[User Picture]From: lollardfish
2012-03-06 07:51 pm (UTC)
Here's what a writer named Sandra Fluke, you may have heard of her, has to say:


She agrees with you.

"As an act of trolling, the "slut" remark has obviously backfired a bit. Intended merely to injure, provoke, and scandalize, it has been seen as sufficiently worrisome to launch an advertiser boycott. Quicken Loans, Citrix Systems, Legal Zoom, Sleep Number, Sleep Train, Pro Flowers, Carbonite, and most recently AOL have all pulled their ads from his show. All of them are hypocrites and most of them are liars. AOL, for instance, announced today that it was ending its relationship with Limbaugh because his "comments are not in line with our values."

This is preposterous. It would be tedious to rehearse the endless parade of deeply, calculatedly racist and sexist things that Limbaugh has uttered over the years. But suffice it to say that there is no conceivable rational value system for which the epithet "slut" is out of line but every other horrible thing Limbaugh has said in the past is "in line." Each and every one of Limbaugh's advertisers made a deliberate decision to underwrite the show and career of a man who does things like call a 31-year-old law student a "slut" for discussing her family planning needs. The fact that he has done so is neither surprising nor noteworthy, and their decision to pull their advertisements is disingenuous pandering."
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[User Picture]From: netmouse
2012-03-06 11:33 pm (UTC)
While Sandra Fluke's name is at the op of that article, I think that's a topic indicator, not the author. Further down there's a byline indicating the author is John Cook.
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[User Picture]From: lollardfish
2012-03-06 11:35 pm (UTC)
Oops. Well, it's still well said. You're right though! :)
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[User Picture]From: netmouse
2012-03-07 02:33 pm (UTC)
The fact that the author mentioned Sandra Fluke in the third person tipped me off.

But, yes, it's a nice piece.
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