Rush Limbaugh claims the advertiser boycott isn’t hurting him, but today on his show he did what passes in Rush Land for a Female Appeasement Apologist Tour, of course without apologizing.
Rush is attempting to distract from the issue at hand by claiming that Democrats aren’t for women because they let Hillary Clinton lose the nomination to a “skinny black guy”. This statement alone proves that Rush doesn’t understand feminism or the notion of equality, since egalitarianism for all is a tenet of feminist ideology. But the real point here, aside from the usual Rush project and distract muck, is that Rush is scared and he thinks that by having a bunch of women call in to his show, it will prove that he’s not a hate-monger against women.
This is clearly just a frantic ploy by Limbaugh to show his advertisers that women are not offended by his demand that all women on birth control make a video of themselves having sex and upload it so he can watch. Rush’s message to sponsors is, “Hey, check it out, these women don’t mind if I call them sluts and demand a video of them having sex in exchange for birth control!”
Listen to an example of one of his female callers here courtesy of Media Matters:
Transcript from The Rush Limbaugh Show:
RUSH: We’re gonna start Columbia, South Carolina. Naomi, a southern Christian woman who’s looked down upon by Washington Democrat women. It’s great to have you on the program.
CALLER: Thanks, Rush. When I heard those clips that you played I was absolutely furious. I am a white working woman. I am not a racist and I’m not stupid. Those women are doing so much to put us back decades by letting us being victimized, thinking that we can’t control our own bodies and we have to have someone else pay for our birth control, that I can’t see what’s going on in our society today —
RUSH: Let me tell you something.
CALLER: — and that I’m clueless.
RUSH: Naomi, these women — not just the women, the Democrats in the Beltway — are truly the ones who are out of touch. Joe Biden was hosting a dinner for the Chinese, the ChiCom vice president equivalent, and they were drinking $250 bottles of wine and eating New York strip steaks. And Biden’s talking about how the Republicans are out of touch with the middle class. They have no idea what the middle class is like. Now, I want to play this Karen Finney bite again for you. Karen Finney, this was last night on MSNBC. I want you to react to this, Naomi. She was very upset. You women in these primaries last night, you put the economy ahead of the health care Republicans want to take away from you.
Audio clip of Karen Finney
RUSH: What do you think of that, Naomi?
CALLER: She’s an idiot.
RUSH: She’s talking about you.
CALLER: She’s an absolute idiot. How are we supposed to pay for health care if we don’t have an economy or people working and producing and earning to pay for it?
RUSH: Well, Obama’s gonna give it to you. Don’t you understand? Obama’s gonna give it to you. That’s the whole point. You think health care’s gonna be free.
CALLER: Yeah, he’s gonna “give it to us” all right, Rush, but he’s not gonna give it to us like that.
RUSH: Are you an angry white woman?
CALLER: I sure am, and I’m very angry, and I hope that she gets hurt all the way to the White House. I hope her feelings are hurt all the way to the White House, because I don’t think there’s a candidate conservative enough for me, quite frankly. But I’m voting for ’em, whoever it is.
RUSH: What’s it feel like? I really wonder. What’s it feel like to have these Democrat women speak of women as all the same, being monolithic? Like, every woman is supposed to hate Republicans, understand that Republicans are wanting to deny you your birth control pills and that you’re not supposed to care about the economy. You’re supposed to care what they tell you to care about. I mean, you’re obviously an intelligent woman. You’re an independent thinker.
CALLER: I’m furious. It feels… It feels… I get so angry, Rush, you can’t even imagine how angry I get.
RUSH: Brazen condescension.
CALLER: If you sit down and talk with them, they’re brainless. And because they are being dictated to by mainstream media, by other liberals, they’re not paying attention to what’s going on in the real world. You’re absolutely right. They’re out of touch. They’re completely out of touch. I want to know who does their shopping, who does their earning.
RUSH: They have an arrogant condescension toward you and other Republican women, particularly white southern women. And you could hear it in Karen Finney’s voice. She had arrogant condescension and a curiosity. How can you be so stupid? How can you not see what’s going on? Karen Finney is declaring a war on Republican women, it sounds like to me. I didn’t know — I suspected but I didn’t know — that there was a woman’s section on the Democrat Party Plantation, either.
A nervous Rush is eagerly trying to make the point that not all women agree that birth control should be paid for by insurance companies. He must think we don’t see him moving the goal post from his comments on the issue to the issue itself.
The advertisers are not boycotting Rush because of his point of view about birth control; they are boycotting him because while discussing his opinion, which he has every right to do, he repeatedly and on multiple occasions, used ugly words like slut and prostitute about not only a private female citizen but about all women on birth control. They are also boycotting him because he pushed it even further when he demanded sex tapes from women who want their health insurance to pay for birth control.
Rush won’t say it, but it’s clear that he’s scared. Radio stations are losing money by airing his show and advertisers are jumping ship. There’s no other reason for him to try to falsely equate the Democratic Party with the Republican Party on women’s issues or for him to try to co-opt female callers in a transparent effort to prove that he is not offensive to all women.
But no one has argued that he is offensive to all women; he may well have callers who are female who approve of his usage of words like “slut” and demands for sex tapes in exchange for birth control. The advertisers are saying that Rush has offended enough of the population that they do not want to be associated with him any longer.
In the free market, the advertisers get to pick where they want to spend their money and they no longer want to spend it on Rush Limbaugh.
Rush Limbaugh is desperate to smear others with a projection of his own racism and sexism, but it’s not going to work this time, no matter how many times he says “Democrat Party Plantation” or how many women call into his show to agree with him. Rush has never pandered to an issue like this, and it just goes to prove how frightened he is.
The boycott is hurting Rush. The free market is taking out the trash.
Ms. Jones is the editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA.
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