Published on March 4th, 2012 | by Patrick Delehanty1
From Rush Limbaugh, With Love
It’s been a crazy last couple of weeks- gas prices are going up, Syria is on the brink of being a giant cemetery, TJ Lane shoots and kills 3 of his classmates in Ohio, parts of the country are absolutely devastated by tornadoes, Iran is still a nuclear capable caged animal (while providing aid to the Syrian government during hostile time in the process), and last but not least, North Korea agrees to halt it’s nuclear program for foreign food aid. While all of these world events are happening, some of which are literally shaping our future, we are more worried about signing petitions calling for advertisers to pull their respective plugs on right winged loud mouth, Rush Limbaugh.
I’m absolutely fascinated by the man truthfully. Not because of what he says, so much so as how offended people get by him- acting as though every time he strikes a chord it’s the most shocking thing he could. He called out Michael J Fox’s shaky TV stem cell research plea as Michael acting and exaggerating his symptoms, he called soldiers who protest the war they are fighting phony soldiers, and now, he called Sandra Fluke a slut because she testified before House of Representative Democrats during a hearing on contraception.
Ladies and gentlemen, get over it. Seriously. It’s time to learn that 99% of what comes out of this man’s mouth is nothing more than pure garbage. And that goes for both sides of the aisle- Republican or Democrat. I hold Limbaugh at the same level I hold a Howard Stern, or a Mancow; a business man, who also happens to be an entertainer, who is doing nothing more than trying to get ratings and people to tune into their show. All of whom will say and do anything to have their voices heard over the airwaves. Rush Limbaugh makes roughly $40 million dollars a year, and there is a good reason for it. When things like this happen during his show- people write about him, they support him, they protest him, they email links about him, or post said links on Facebook. They call him names, they sing his praises, they tune in (whether they like the man or not) just to hear what he might say next.
Yes, Limbaugh calling Fluke a slut and prostitute is disgusting, shameful, and incredibly immature- but it’s also brilliant from his business standpoint. Look at your news feed today, and see how many people have posted about Rush Limbaugh. You would literally think it’s the only news story in the world that matters. Honestly, it doesn’t, it never did, and it never will. I promise you that in the coming years, Rush Limbaugh will say more stupid things, and he will be back to apologize for it sooner than later, but when the sun sets and the next day comes, we are giving good ol’ Rush exactly what he wants- his name plastered everywhere; on Facebook, in emails, text messages, on petitions, in newspapers and magazines, and even us just saying his name in conversation. Yes Rush, you are the king of the ego driven asses, but you are taking your place in political buffoonery in a big way.
I hate to break it to everyone reading right now, but Rush knows what he is doing. He knows EXACTLY what he is doing. People like Rush don’t get where they are because they are tame and reserved. They get where they are because they are willing to throw themselves into controversy head first, and repeatedly do so for years and years. People like Rush are willing to be in the middle of a media firestorm because they know ultimately their name becomes either admired or reviled, or both. Rush isn’t going anywhere, no matter how many advertisers pull- everyone who signs his checks know what they were getting into. It’s not like this is the first he has said something stupid; I promise you it won’t be the last- and regardless how this situation turns out, there will be multiple other companies willing to sign their name on the dotted line to cash in on Rush’s indecency. He’s a rich middle aged white guy with a microphone. They always said even bad press is good press, and at this moment, we are eating it up for Rush. Take me as proof. I just wrote an article on him.