In the wake of his insult to Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, pressure from the public has caused more than 40 advertisers to bolt from sponsoring The Rush Limbaugh Program, which airs in Southern California on KFI radio. Think Progress, monitoring the program last week, counts 70 sexist rants here. Update: Media Matters says 50 advertisers are out; Today’s program was mostly Public Service Announcements.
Here’s a quick snapshot of sponsors no longer asscoiated with an “entertainer with talent on loan from God” — Quicken Loans; Sleep Number; The Sleep Train; Legal Zoom; Citrix; GoToMeeting; Carbonite; Pro Flowers; AOL; Vitacost; Tax Resolution Services; Allstate; Heart & Body Extract; Bonobos; Sears; Oreck Vacuum Cleaners; Sensa Weight Loss; Good Will; Apple Vacations; Kmart; Bare Escentuals; Century 21; Deere & Co.; Mission Pharmacal; Mid-West Life Insurance; Hadeed Carpet; Polycom; ServiceMagic; ThompsonCreekWindows; Dr. Rob & Dr. Deb; StVincents MedCenter; Cascades Dental; Netflix; AccuQuote life insurance; Stamps.com; Philadelphia Orchestra; Bethesda Sedation Dentistry; BareMinerals; Downeast Energy; Capitol One; Matrix Direct; Reputation Rhino.
Fanscinating to watch the free market at work. No one here will deny El Rushbo his First Amendment Rights, but there’s such a thing as responsible speech and even Limbaugh’s “apology” wasn’t all that apologetic.
The IB Times has a terrific post with Limbaugh quotes about feminism and racism.
On feminism, Feb. 2010. “Oh, I’m a huge supporter of women. What I’m not a supporter of is liberalism. Feminism is what I oppose and feminism had led women astray. I love women. I don’t know where all this got started. I love the women’s movement, especially when walking behind it.”
Pondering why less than 40 percent of women had a favorable opinion of him, Feb. 2009. “I want some of these women to start telling me what it is I must do to close the gender gap or, if not, what it is I must do to close the gender gap, what it is I’ve done that has caused the gender gap; assuming the gender gap is true and that the poll is true … I own the men, and what must I do now to own women?”
Why women support Hillary Clinton, April 2008. “You have to understand the mindset of a lot of these feminists and women… these women have paid their dues. They’ve been married two or three times; they’ve had two or three abortions; they’ve done everything that feminsim can ask them to do.”
On why he’s proud to be a male chauvinist, April 2004. “We’re not sexists, we’re chavinists — we’re male chauvinist pigs and we’re happy to be because we think that’s what men were destined to be. We think that’s what women want.”
On his “pet name” for the National Organization for Women (NOW): “The National Association of Gals (NAG.) Limbaugh then claimed the organization is run by “militant feminists” who need to realize they “aren’t determining who wins elections. White men are.”
The real trick is for activists to conitnue pressuring Limbaugh’s remaining advertisers and any new ones that emerge. This pressure should also apply to local advertising on KFI radio and the advertisers that the station slots during the Limbaugh program. Economics can triumph over hate.