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People are celebrating the advertiser exodus of Rush Limbaugh's radio show.  Limbaugh, as noted previously, called Sandra Fluke a slut on his show for saying she should be provided with contraceptives under Obamacare, then saying he wanted to see video of anyone who took government funded contraceptives having sex to "pay" for it.  (Hmm...since contraceptives are given to people under age, does this mean Limbaugh is soliciting child porn?  Why, yes.  Yes, he is.  At least the logic behind this is sounder than his own for how the taxpayers are pimps or johns.)

Limbaugh, who has always said the Left was trying to silence him and he speaks unafraid, was still spouting that bullshit as the D's and several R's told him to apologize for being stupid.  But his defiance suddenly vanished when advertisers started bailing.  Over the weekend, he apologized to Fluke.  He has since been trying to convince everyone his apology was sincere.  After all, if you can't trust the apology of a misogynistic fascist, who can you trust anymore?  It is important to note that it was not social pressure that motivated Rush to swallow his pride and apologize, it was the loss of revenue to his show, which meant his show would be canceled and he'd have to get a real job like the rest of us.  I don't know about you, but the thought of Rush Limbaugh asking me, "You want fries with that?" fills me with glee that borders on orgasmic.

Everyone is cheering that advertisers are showing some principles and that Limbaugh is finally being reeled in.  Great stuff, right?

Wrong.

Look out, boys and girls, here I come!  Duck and cover, bitches!

Overlooked in all this celebration is one basic fact -- the advertisers are bailing NOW.  Limbaugh has been saying mean, intolerant, racist, sexist bullshit since the day he started his rise to prominence under Bush Sr.  And NONE OF THEM HAVE DECIDED TO STAND UP FOR PRINCIPLES UNTIL NOW!  For example, where were their principles when Limbaugh was showing footage of Anita Hill while singing, "My hands caressed you, my hands explored you?"

Limbaugh has been transmitting a message of hate from the beginning, and none of these companies had a problem with it until this weekend, when the public suddenly wasn't letting Limbaugh slide on his insanity.  Only now do they see associating with him as dangerous to their business and are doing something about it.  Make no mistake -- had Limbaugh targeted Nancy Pelosi instead of Fluke, none of this would be happening.  So do NOT applaud these companies for growing some backbone.  If they had any backbone, they would have bailed years ago.

Actually, the above ties in with another point.  These advertiser bailouts are actually reinforcing negative female stereotypes.  Ask yourself this -- Limbaugh has picked on women all through time, from Anita Hill to Pelosi to Molly Ivins to anyone who stumbles into his crosshairs.  And yet, what is causing the backlash?  Sandra Fluke, a college co-ed.  Fluke has shown herself to be an articulate speaker, a sharp thinker, and more than capable of defending herself.  And yet, everyone is white knighting her AND NOBODY ELSE, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO NEED BACKUP AGAINST PEOPLE LIKE LIMBAUGH.  Part of what made Women's Lib acceptable was when Gloria Steinem became the face of the movement.  The difference between her and the others before her?  She was pretty.  She actually fed into ideas of defending nice girls that guys would like to score with but keep attacking the others because they can't possibly offer anything.  The defenders of Fluke are doing it out of guilt or fantasies of riding to her rescue, NOT BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

Long story short?  Everyone congratulating yourselves on bringing Limbaugh to heel?  You're actually doing it in the worst way possible.  Don't be so proud.

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clionona
Mar. 7th, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
Wow. For the first time I really have to disagree with you here. We diverge in our thinking on two points. First, people are not riding to Sandra's rescue, and we're not pissed simply because Rush attacked someone young and attractive like Sandra. We're screaming because we're pissed. We're pissed because when he called her a slut, he called all of us sluts. For the first time, Rush's hate became very personal for a lot of women. Secondly, the fact that people let Limbaugh slide for so long does not take value away from people finally taking a stand. Any action against bigotry is a good thing.
4shatteredstars
Mar. 7th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Well said.
sinetimore
Mar. 8th, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
Nah, not exactly the first time we've disagreed, just the first time we've disagreed so dramatically over something important.

I'm mostly writing because I don't want you to think I'm ignoring your comment or are upset with you. I like to let people have their say, and I'm glad that you are comfortable enough to have your say with me.
4shatteredstars
Mar. 7th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
Well, sometimes these things take time. Just because something took time to happen doesn't mean its any less of a good thing. Honestly, I had no idea who Rush Limbaugh was until this whole debacle. Its an awareness thing, I think.
sinetimore
Mar. 8th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
Well, you have an out as far as being unaware of Limbaugh. Longtime bashers like me have been telling these companies about him and his offensiveness for years. Basically, the companies weighed what they expect to lose in sales from us against what they can gain from the people who actually listen to Limbaugh and decided it was worth it.

You and Clionona raise valid points, but I can't shake my anger over how, to my mind, there is no reason these actions shouldn't have been taken earlier.

If you want a good idea of what a jag off Limbaugh is, hie yerself to the library and look for a book called "The Way Things Aren't" by Fairness And Accuracy In Reporting. It covers a brief period of Limbaugh's show and demonstrates how he makes things up or just flat out lies.
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