Rush Limbaugh is an American radio host, hosting “The Rush Limbaugh Show”. Just like reading in “Mass Media in a Changing World”, Limbaugh is a typical shock jock. His show includes political commentary, as well as commentary that crosses the line.
Sandra Fluke is a student at Georgetown University Law Center as well as a women’s advocate. Having a friend that suffered from ovarian cysts and was in need of contraceptive hormones but could not afford it, Fluke decided to stand up for the cause and speak before Democrats about the inadequate coverage of birth control by the university’s health insurance plan. She stated that low income women in the university could not afford the pill, and the free health clinics could not solve their problems either.
In late February, Limbaugh reacted to Fluke’s contraceptive mandate. He stated “What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke, 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.” (Phew, that’s harsh). Later on he states “she’s having so much sex she can’t afford her own birth control pills and she agrees that Obama should provide them”.
After viewing various interviews with Sandra Fluke, she was absolutely stunned and outraged at Rush Limbaugh’s remarks. (I was certainly stunned and of course, would be outraged if someone called me a slut.) Limbaugh apologized on March 3rd, 2012 saying his “choice of words weren’t the best”. Of course, Rush couldn’t help not adding some type of sarcastic humor in an apology that was supposed to be sincere. Sandra Fluke denied that apology saying “it was inadequate”.
In response, Rush gained a huge amount of negative attention. Many of his radio sponsors pulled their ads from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, who did not want anything to do with him due to his crude remarks. A Today Show reporter stated “he does it for a living, he makes comments so more people talk about him, listen to his radio show, and buy his books”. Even The Daily Show’s John Stewart stated that Rush Limbaugh “is just a terrible person”. A huge national stir occurred.
Part of the reason for Rush Limbaugh’s hurtful comments was perhaps for attention. Just like John Stewart said, Rush Limbaugh automatically assumes that Sandra Fluke has so much sex that she cannot even afford anymore birth control pills. This isn’t the first time Rush is involved in such a controversy, but this was the biggest ones. Another motive for Limbaugh’s comments, in my opinion was due to the overall issue itself. “A University’s lack of health insurance coverage for birth control” is not something that is heard in front of a congressional committee usually and just sounds a little funny.
After researching, I was COMPLETELY shocked to find out that the Rush Limbaugh Show is one of the top most listened to radio stations in America. But why? He just uses his crude commentary and criticizes people. Unfortunately, that is what we all like to hear (maybe not all of us, but most), like it or not. We all like that different approach on political events with that little twist. Of course we all stay stupid stuff that we can’t take back (especially a live radio show), but in my opinion, Rush Limbaugh just went way too far. I completely reject these comments. Reason being, I would definitely not like being called derogatory names and think he should of just kept it to himself, not say it on public radio. Round of applause for Rush Limbaugh!