Rush Limbaugh To Sandra Fluke: OMG JK!

Rush Limbaugh, conservative pundit and professional shit-stirrer created quite a controversy last week when he referred to an intelligent, educated woman arguing for women’s reproductive health as a “slut” and a “prostitute.” Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student was barred from testifying before Congress during the birth control debate. Instead, she participated in a mock hearing, giving a thoughtful defense of the new policy mandating that health plans cover birth control. This is where she earned the ire of the talk radio host.

In the media firestorm that followed Limbaugh’s offensive comments, even President Obama weighed in. He called Fluke himself to thank her for speaking out. Of course, he wasn’t the only one who jumped in the debate. Twitter was a buzz with some truly disturbing social commentary, expanding upon Limbaugh’s original remarks with even more vitriol. [tagbox tag="slut-shaming"]

Now, in a surprising turn of events, Rush has issued an apology of sorts. After losing three corporate sponsors from his radio program, Limbaugh apparently had a change of heart and released the following statement:

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.

I mean, I guess this is an apology. At the very least, it’s the best that we should expect to see from a man notorious for being offensive and “absurd.”

Not to beat a dead horse Mr. Limbaugh, but this might be the very reason that labels like “slut” and “prostitute” aren’t funny. They aren’t jokes. And if you were attempting to be humorous, you very obviously failed. Even worse, those who listen to you and trust your opinion probably weren’t joking when they criticized her appearance and suggested that she be sterilized.

Our culture has a problem with using this insulting descriptions of women as punchlines. Young men think it’s okay to joke with women using terms that are meant to degrade a female’s sexuality. If want to know how strong the word “slut” is in our national psyche, whisper it in a high school cafeteria. These words have power. By playing them off like a joke, Rush tells young men that it’s acceptable for them to describe females in this way, as long as their “joking.”

Do I think that Rush really meant to add a “JK” at the end of that whole “prostitute” business? No. I think it’s how he’s trying to solve a problem that’s costing him money. But if we accept this whole “I was just joking,” excuse, it makes it okay for others in the media to make despicable comments and then brush them off as failed humor.

Sandra Fluke might choose to accept Rush’s pseudo-apology. That’s her own choice. But as a woman and a citizen, I don’t accept that calling someone a slut is funny.

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    • Jen

      Rush is a fat, stupid piece of crap with a crippling addiction that makes him sound like a demented old man. JK. LOL!!

      • Amy

        A+

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    • Chas W

      Many women use oral contraceptives for medically-necessary reasons, none of which have anything to do with birth control. They may have endometriosis, fibroid tumors, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), or other far-from-uncommon conditions: for which their insurance companies are paying for appropriate treatment. As, in many cases, the law already requires them to do.

      Some aren’t having sex with men. They might be lesbians, or celibate, or are remaining abstinent prior to marriage.

      I wouldn’t expect Rush Limbaugh to know these things. It’s obvious he doesn’t.

      However I certainly would expect the mainstream media–covering this now-huge story–to report these facts. If not all, then: at least a few U.S. newspapers or TV networks, here and there?

      I have yet to encounter one. And I’ve been looking, and looking…

      Nor can I locate much of anything in Limbaugh’s response which sounds apologetic or contrite. Though he does sound frightened of the possibility his radio show will disappear, or become considerably less prominent. We can assume he paid close attention to the changing fortunes of Glenn Beck, Don Imus and Laura Schlessinger.

    • Nicole

      If it’s none of anybody’s business what we do with our bodies, then why is the issue of abortion such a hot topic. If it’s my body, and I’m allowed to do what I want with it – and you don’t want to know about it – why are you telling me that I can’t terminate an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy? You, Rush Limbaugh, are a hypocrite to the nth degree.

    • d sar

      yes she has the right to be a slut, but why shoudl the tax payer fund it? She is very rich, goes to an expansive university, buying a hundred pack of condoms per year should not be that expansive that she has to beg the government for money. I think it is very obvious that this was a liberal stunt to try to improve womens rights to have free birth control (men never have this), and the dumb republicans fell for it, they should have just told her that women can’t have free contraceptions untill men can.