Limbaugh Apologizes For Calling Student A “Slut,” Says He Was Trying To Be Funny
10:46 pm, March 3rd | by Laura Donovan
After several days of backlash and losing advertisers for calling Georgetown student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute,” conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh has apologized for his remarks and chalked up his decision to use colorful language as a failed attempt at humor.
In a statement on his site today, Limbaugh says:
“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.”
He writes at the bottom that he wound up enraging a lot of people “in the attempt to be humorous.” Call me old-fashioned, but I’m having trouble finding the humor in calling someone a slut. Though Limbaugh “sincerely [apologizes] to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices,” he still doesn’t believe that tax payers should have to foot the bill for contraception:
“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.”
The Limbaugh/Fluke debacle began earlier this week, when the right-wing commentator said he disagreed with Fluke wanting to testify in favor of religious institutions and employers covering contraception. Limbaugh said on his radio show Wednesday, “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.” The following day, he said that Fluke should post her sexual activity online if tax payers are going to have to pay for her birth control so “so we can see what we’re getting for our money.”
Of course, all of this led to advertisers pulling out of Limbaugh’s program and politicians to condemn the radio host. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday that she was surprised GOP leaders hadn’t spoken out against Limbaugh’s statements. Speaker of the House John Boehner said Limbaugh’s comments were obviously “inappropriate.” President Barack Obama reached out to Fluke over the phone to thank her for “speaking out about the concerns of American women” and tell her that her parents should be very proud, Fluke said.
Limbaugh was wise to apologize in the wake of so much discussion on the matter, but considering his other recent swipes at women, we suspect this is far from his last offense, especially if this is his way of trying to make people laugh.