The right-wing icon and supposed “comedian” or “entertainer” a.k.a. The Talking Asshole, Rush Limbaugh is at it again.
LIMBAUGH: 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.
The definition of the slang term “round heels” is: Promiscuous. It is meant to suggest that the girl -or guy- in question tips backwards easily i.e. is ready for sexual intercourse in the missionary position.
So who is Sandra (not Susan) Fluke? What has she done to incur the Wrath of Rush?
Just a college student who decided to go before her elected officials and testify why contraception is important.
Fluke, a third-year student at Georgetown University Law School, was a witness at an unofficial hearing of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee last week, convened by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), as a response to an earlier all-male panel hearing held by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (The committee’s chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), had not allowed Fluke to testify at the original hearing, saying she was not qualified to do so.)
Fluke explained at the hearing that as a student at a Jesuit campus that does not provide contraception, birth control costs can be as high as $3,000 during the time that she is in law school. She expressed opposition to a bill sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), which would allow employers to avoid providing contraception for religious reasons.
“These exceptions don’t accomplish their well-intended goals, because when you let university administrators or other employers, rather than women and their doctors, dictate whose medical needs are legitimate and whose aren’t, a woman’s health takes a back seat to a bureaucracy focused on policing her body,” Fluke had said.
On his show Wednesday, Limbaugh suggested that the reason Fluke cannot afford birth control methods is because she is having too much sex.
“Can you imagine if you’re her parents how proud of Sandra Fluke you would be? Your daughter goes up to a congressional hearing conducted by the Botox-filled Nancy Pelosi and testifies she’s having so much sex she can’t afford her own birth control pills and she agrees that Obama should provide them, or the Pope,” he said, according to a transcript of his show.
“Well, I guess now we know why Bill Clinton went to Georgetown and why Hillary went to Wellesley,” he continued. “All the sex going on at Georgetown. Sandra Fluke. So much sex going on, they can’t afford birth control pills.”
As someone who is blessed with enough brains to not listen to Rush Limbaugh, the fact that he is saying something stupid, sexist and imbecilic is not newsworthy. That’s like dogs chasing cats.
I do know Limbaugh, like Beck and Coulter and O’Reilly and the rest of that motley crew say things for effect as much as because they actually believe the smack they’re running. However, usually it’s directed at someone who can fight back or should expect that kind of treatment. President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and most of the targets of Rush’s wrath know it goes with the territory.
But despite testifying before the House Democrats, Sandra Fluke is not a public figure and there’s only word to describe what Limbaugh is for going after her in such a way.
He’s a bully. Nothing more. Nothing less.
And he’s not backing off his scorning of Sandra Fluke. He’s escalating it.
…on his radio show today, Limbaugh showed no remorse and instead reveled in the attention. Referring to Fluke, Limbaugh demanded that women post sex tapes online if they use insurance-covered birth control:
LIMBAUGH: So Miss 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. We want you post the videos online so we can all watch.
Limbaugh also said he found the outrage over his remarks “absolutely hilarious.” He again completely misrepresented Fluke’s testimony, saying, she “went before a Congressional committee and said she’s having so much sex she’s going broke buying contraceptives and wants us to buy them.” In fact, Fluke testimony was about a friend — who is gay — and needed contraception for medical reasons, but was denied coverage by Georgetown, a Catholic university.
He went on to say, “I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much Aspirin to put between their knees as they want” — a reference to Rick Santorum-backer Foster Friess’ home-spun idea of birth control.
Rush revels in being talked about and to the extent I’m furthering his goal, I regret it.
However, my problem with Rush has never really been with the stupid and vile shit he spits out over the airwaves. My problem is with the people who continue to listen to and lap up that vile shit.
I have no doubt someone who condemns Rush publicly is tuning in and laughing their ass off listening to Rush call a college student a “slut” and a “prostitute.”
Rush Limbaugh is not the problem. He’s just a pimp working his hustle. It’s Rush Limbaugh’s listeners that are the problem. They keep the fat bastard wealthy and able to buy all the Viagra and Thailand ladyboys he wants.
What’s their problem? Don’t they have any shame?
- Rush Limbaugh Calls Birth Control Advocate a Whore [Dicks] (jezebel.com)
- Limbaugh Calls Student Denied Spot At Contraception Hearing A ‘Slut’ (thinkprogress.org)
- Contraception Controversy Continues: Meet Sandra Fluke (abcnews.go.com)