Rush Limbaugh has been a one-man-show for a while, especially these last couple of years. Why? He likes it better when there are no live guests to challenge his blatant racism, misogyny, and gay-hating bigotry. Those who do call in now are presumed to be paid actors. They either praise him as if he were a god, or bring up a subject, Limbaugh is already prepared to put to bed.
Here is a pretty bizarre, and quite old video from his TV show. It shows Limbaugh losing complete control of his audience, and it’s most likely the reason he won’t invite free speech onto his show today.
For those unable to view the video: Limbaugh starts the show talking about the women’s rights organization NOW, and moves into an Idaho abortion ban victory. The crowd goes wild and he goes into the audience to talk with some of the people cheering.
The first woman he approaches looks to be thrilled. Then all of a sudden, she then lets into Limbaugh, accusing him for being responsible for women dying. She says he doesn’t have to worry, he’s not a woman, he’ll never get pregnant or have an abortion. It’s obvious this was not rehearsed. Another angry man stands up and begins a rant against Limbaugh as well. Rush looks befuddled. He goes to a commercial, comes back, and the heckling starts again. He goes to another commercial, but this time, when he returns, the entire audience is gone they have been cleared from the studio. Spin doctor that he is, he brags about how his show is real and doesn’t hide anything. (I guess that’s why he sent his audience home.)
I see videos like this and wonder how the man has stayed on the air this long. Over the years, many have said, “Just ignore him – he’ll go way.” Well he didn’t go away, and the good news is, now his protesters aren’t going away. The determination and perseverance of the boycott/protest groups is incredible. They are not only boycotting Limbaugh’s sponsors, they are now also contacting his radio stations, Clear Channel, iHeart recording artists, and the FCC.
No one is taking away Limbaugh’s free speech (though many would like to). The goal is to get his malign smut off our tax-paid public radio. Tax-paid, in that we are paying for the FCC to oversee the airways for hate speech/illegal activities. According to former FreedomWorks, executive, Dick Armey, Limbaugh and other talk radio hosts have received large sums to roll out right wing agenda and propaganda – without the audience’s knowledge. Perhaps the new FCC chair will do some investigating.
Talk show hosts get fired all the time. Don Imus got fired for a racial remark. Bill Maher got fired from ‘free tv’ for a politically-incorrect remark about the 911 attacks. Rush Limbaugh calls Sandra Fluke a slut and prostitute for three days, gets away with racism for almost three decades, and yet he remains.
Our public radio network was created to give voice to the American people. It was not created to be used by hate-mongers like Limbaugh, who make millions promoting lies, racism, and sexism and lgbt-hating bigotry. To join in the protest and win the fight against Rush Limbaugh, here are a few ways you can help:
Join/Like: BoycottRushFacebook Group
Visit: The StopRush Database
You can now upload a free ThinkContext Limbaugh Sponsor Browser.
Congratulations to the public for using their freedom of speech and the right to publicly protest, petition and boycott, when they see wrong-doing. In this case, it’s hate speech we are fighting and we are witnessing American democracy at its finest.
|Leslie Salzillo is a pro-choice activist, political commentator, Rush Limbaugh boycotter, and visual artist. She began contributing to Liberals Unite in June of 2013.|