Apology Not Accepted: Why Rush Limbaugh Must Pay For His Attacks On Women

Rush Limbaugh didn’t take any responsibility, or admit that his attacks on Sandra Fluke were wrong. For this reason, the boycotts must continue until Rush Limbaugh is forced off the air.

Here is the full text of Limbaugh’s “apology:”

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.

Limbaugh claimed it was not his intention to personally attack her, but what would we call this from his show on Friday, “The president tells Sandra Fluke (chuckling), 30-year-old Sandra Fluke, that her parents should be proud. Okay. Let me ask you a question. I might be surprised at the answer I would get to this question. Your daughter appears before a congressional committee and says she’s having so much sex, she can’t pay for it and wants a new welfare program to pay for it. Would you be proud? I don’t know about you, but I’d be embarrassed. I’d disconnect the phone. I’d go into hiding and hope the media didn’t find me. See, everybody forgets what starts this, or what started this whole thing. Or maybe they don’t! Maybe that’s normal behavior on the left now, for all I know.”

To the conservative mind, that may have been considered humor, but the mentally healthy among us construe his remarks as a personal attack.

Does Rush think that none of us remember that he called Sandra Fluke a slut? On Wednesday, Limbaugh said, “What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke [sic], who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We’re the pimps. The johns, that’s right. We would be the johns — no! We’re not the johns. Well — yeah, that’s right. Pimp’s not the right word. OK, so, she’s not a slut. She’s round-heeled. I take it back.”

Is there any man or woman in America who would sit by and laugh as any important woman in their life was called a slut? If this was said to me about my partner, I wouldn’t be laughing. I’d be punching somebody’s lights out. The term slut is used to demean and morally judge women for the same behavior that men engage in without impunity in our society. The term is designed to denigrate and injure women. It is not funny.

The real back breaker for Limbaugh came on Thursday when he said, “So, Ms. 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. And I’ll tell you what it is. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”

On Friday, advertisers started to leave. Sleep Number, Legal Zoom, Citrix and Quicken Loans all bailed on Limbaugh’s show. If right wing hosts have learned one thing from the sudden and quick demise of Glenn Beck, it is that once the advertisers start to go, your days are numbers. Beck still had got ratings, yet he still got canned by Fox News because they literally had to give away the advertising on his program. Corporate media only cares about profits. Once those profits vanish, the right wing host will soon find himself out of a job.

Rush Limbaugh didn’t apologize to Sandra Fluke. He was apologizing to his advertisers. Sure Limbaugh said he was sorry to Ms. Fluke, but his apology is actually a classic conservative apology non-apology. Limbaugh took no personal responsibility for his statements. He used his press release to defend and spin his points.

Limbaugh never admitted that he was wrong. He apologized for a, “poor choice of words,” not for dragging a woman’s reputation through the mud and muck of misogyny. This wasn’t an apology. It was damage control.

The fact that the mainstream media is willing to give Limbaugh’s “apology” a free pass is something that we all should be ashamed of. Rush Limbaugh didn’t just insult Sandra Fluke. He insulted every woman in America and every man who tries every day to battle and overcome the sexist attitudes that he is fed beginning at birth through his social and cultural interactions. Men and women are different and those differences should be enjoyed, but different is not the same as unequal.

What Rush Limbaugh and his Republican counterparts are trying to do is put women back in their place. They want to undo the century of progress that has been made. They are coming for your medical care and your bodies now, and we don’t stand with our sisters now, soon they will come for their right to vote and own property.

I can’t speak for Ms. Fluke and I would never presume to speak for the women of this great country. I can only speak for myself and say to Rush Limbaugh, apology not accepted.

***Don’t let Limbaugh off the hook. Keep pressuring his advertisers until they are all gone.

32 Replies to “Apology Not Accepted: Why Rush Limbaugh Must Pay For His Attacks On Women”

  1. “In order to make somebody laugh,you have to be interesting, and in order to be interesting, you have to do things that are mean. Comedy comes out of anger, and interesting comes out of angry; otherwise there is no conflict.” -Producer Brian Grazer (“Splash”,”Arrested Development”,etc.)

    “Comedy is not pretty.” -Steve Martin

  2. I feel sorry and disgusted towards any culture where you have to be mean to be interesting.

    The funniest people I know weren’t mean. Most of what passes for comedy these days is unfunny… the so-called “comedians” need to go back and study the masters. Vulgarity and denigration may get laughs from the jaded, but they turn others off.

  3. But Rush isn’t funny and people are not laughing with him…people laugh at him. They laugh at him is because it is the right thing to do; one must always laugh in the face of evil.

    Rush Limbaugh is common man evil, not funny…

  4. Sid Ceasar and his cohorts were a screech, and they were never mean. Quite a few vorpal wits have targeted pomposity, but they would never have directed this kind of defamation at a common citizen trying to give serious testimony to Congress. The kind of thing Rush uttered is not called humor in the eyes of the law. It is (since doubtless recorded) libel per se, and Ms. Fluke, who was never a public figure until he made her one, does not have to prove damages to own Rush and Clear Channel both. Since she appears to have been speaking in connection with her work at Georgetown Law School, her school may have a case also.

    As for Rush, his contraception must be cheap. All he has to do is buy finger cots in bulk, and they shouldn’t be too awfully big for him.

  5. How can you make an apology for two words while repeating the whole rest of the slanderous monologue? The whole story was a misrepresentation of what Ms. Fluke said. Then he took his story and carried to an extreme. That in NOT an apology,.

  6. Thank you, Jason! Sandra Fluke does not accept limbaugh’s non apology
    and neither do 45(so far) former sponsors of his hateothon.

    http://thinkprogress.org/media/2012/03/02/436852/rush-limbaugh-advertisers/

    Bill Maher was dead wrong when he tweeted Liberals should accept Limbaugh’s “apology” or they would look bad. What’s he smoking? Whatever, it’s bad. It was a further insult on the American People’s intelligence.

    PoliticusUSA is unique..we need you!

  7. Sid Caesar. Great example.Got any others that aren’t from 50 years ago,grampa? Face it; most people like biting humor and satire, they just don’t like it directed against things they like. If there’s a legal case against him, the law is an ass.

  8. Clear Channel needs to be sued for harboring him. It’s not like they had no foreknowledge of his propensities: he has mocked children and cripples crudely, and he has made no secret of his hatred for women. They had plenty of time to restrain or replace him. Imputing prostitution to a woman has long been defamation per se, to which the only defense is that she is, in fact, a prostitute. Ms. Fluke was never a public figure until Mr. Limbaugh’s imputation made her one. His obloquy has further endangered her: Pamela Geller and her followers have advocated sexually mutilating her, and there are likely to be several thousand among the audience who could, in fact, commit violence. If the head of a one-campus student advocacy group cannot give testimony to a Congressional committee without incurring the most unpleasant risks to reputation, physical integrity, and life itself, then our legislative process will become even more deleterious to the public commonweal than it is.

  9. Wanted to let you all know that there will be a march against the war on women April 28th in every capital in the country and DC.Go to facebook and look up,United Against the War on Women” and find your state and sign up.Everyone should do this and plan on joining the march.Spread the word far and wide.
    Glad to see you back up but do not like this new format at all.and only one new article after almost a week being down,What’s up with that?

  10. I have reference to my godson, a soldier of twenty-four, who has stated he won’t even watch “comedy”, which has replaced cleverness and wit with cruelty and vulgarity. If you have doubts about either his intelligence or his manhood, why don’t you express these misgivings to his face?

  11. That’s not true…look at Sam Kinison. He was fat, wore a trench coat like a perb, was a born in to an evangelical preaching family who was scorned by a woman (no one knows) whom he loved deeply…he was a very edgy comic who also got in trouble for his remarks on women.

    Rush is not a polished, stage-performing comic…well, he is in a perverted sense…I digress, Limbaugh is not a “funny man” who does schtick…wait a minute…OK, HE thinks he’s funny.

    Limbaugh twist the meaning of entertainment to fit his Humpty-Dumpty world whereas humanity sees him as a putrid lump of vile hate with addiction issues; not funny.

    Hasn’t anyone every told you, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” Rush hates; human with boundaries, consciousness and live in reality picks up it as this is on how he “says it”…

  12. Great timing too, as #OccupyMayDay, also known as the May Day General Strike (#m1gs) will be just a couple days later. The two can be tied together.

    Is there a website or subreddit for this?

  13. Way to be supportive on a site that runs without corporate money after they’ve been attacked for two weeks. You’re lucky they’re here at all.

  14. Would love to hear from the current MRS. Limbaugh on what she thinks of Rush’s latest tirade. Is this how he treats the women in his life ? I pity his poor mother!

  15. Hey,take it easy,Rey;I’m just joshing you. I like “Your Show of Shows” (and Carl Reiner’s “The Dick Van Dyke Show”), but those ARE old. And, look, YOU write “As for Rush, his contraception must be cheap. All he has to do is buy finger cots in bulk, and they shouldn’t be too awfully big for him.” That’s good,mean humor!(I got a chuckle).
    Rush thinks he’s funny; a lot of people don’t. To say his bad joke is “an attack on all women” is hysterical and hysterically funny.

  16. OK, I’ll name non-vulgar comics, Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, to name a few who don’t work blue. There’s a hell of alot more of them out there.

  17. It’s unfortunate that serious issues get thrown off the table because somebody decides to throw around a bunch of bombast. The issue isn’t Limbaugh. It isn’t Fluke. It’s about how to manage contraception and whether the public purse should be involved.

  18. So explain to me Bill Cosby’s success…….
    Rush is nothing but a bully who never got the chip on his shoulder knocked off in a way he’d have learned from.
    Screw him and everybody else, republican AND democrat, who thinks that washing the shit stains out of babies’ diapers(that includes the kids’ fathers, too) for less than minimum wage is exalted work, best performed by women.

  19. Sorry to sound nonsupportive.I still have slow dial up and this new format takes forever to load.But I still love this blog and will suck it up and read it and share stories I read here.And yes,I too am glad they are back up.

  20. There is a certain comedy that comes from the noir side but it is hardly evident in general! Limpbaugh was never funny…caustic, venal, bullying but not humorous by any stretch..except to those who share his bigotry, bullying, uneducated vitriol!

    Keep the pressure on :

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002369972

    do not let the msm put it on the backburner to protect the slime!

  21. I think it would be far more accurate to say that the real issue is if poor (and even middle-class) women will get the same chances and opportunities that the rich have.

    For rich people, a hundred dollars isn’t that much. For poor people, it might be a week’s income (or even more). Requiring that insurance covers birth control means that the poor won’t be forced to have children they can’t afford to take care of (or who would have a hard time doing so), plus there are too many people on this planet anyway. Birth control is the BEST way to reduce the population or at least keep it from growing any more.

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