Conservative and controversial radio host Rush Limbaugh is once again causing a furor, following comments he made earlier this week calling a Georgetown University law student “a ****” and suggesting she and her female classmates should post videos of themselves having sex if their contraception was subsidized.
Limbaugh made the comments following the appearance of Sandra Fluke, a third-year law student, at a congressional panel. Fluke testified on Feb. 23 about the Obama administration’s new policy requiring that employees of religion-affiliated institutions have access to health insurance that covers birth control.
She said students at Georgetown, a Jesuit university, pay as much as $1,000 a year for birth control because campus health plans do not cover contraception for women, the Washington Post reported. She also spoke of a friend who had an ovary removed because the insurance company wouldn’t cover the prescription birth control she needed to stop the growth of cysts.
On his Wednesday radio show, Limbaugh said: “What does it say about the college coed Fluke, 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 ****, right? It makes her a prostitute.”
He went on to suggest that Fluke distribute sex tapes of herself.
“If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it,” he said. “We want you post the videos online so we can all watch.”
President Barack Obama phoned Fluke on Friday to express his support, spokesman Jay Carney said.
Obama considers Limbaugh’s remarks “reprehensible,” Carney said. He said the president called Fluke to “express his disappointment that she has been the subject of inappropriate personal attacks” and to thank her for speaking out on an issue of public policy.
“The fact that our political discourse has become debased in many ways is bad enough,” Carney said. “It is worse when it’s directed at a private citizen who was simply expressing her views.”
Obama reached Fluke as she was waiting to go on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports. “What was really personal for me was that he said to tell my parents that they should be proud,” a choked-up Fluke told Mitchell. “And that meant a lot because Rush Limbaugh questioned whether or not my family would be proud of me.”
Limbaugh was still defiant Friday. “Amazingly, when there is the slightest bit of opposition to this new welfare entitlement being created, then all of a sudden we hate women! We want ’em barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen,” he said on his show. “And now, at the end of this week, I am the person that the women of America are to fear the most.”
More than 130 Georgetown faculty members signed a letter praising Fluke for her “grace and strength” and condemning Limbaugh’s remarks. And Republican House Speaker John Boehner called Limbaugh’s remarks “inappropriate,” a spokesman said.
Calls for Limbaugh’s sponsors to pull their ads from his radio talk show rocketed through cyberspace, and at least two companies, bedding retailers Sleep Train and Sleep Number, said on their Twitter accounts that they were complying with the demands.
LOL This sh!t can't get any funnier.. Limbaugh is a nut bar.. and women who want to have sex.. Gad bless you.. more the merrier.