After days of backlash from politicians, media and his own sponsors, Rush Limbaugh has apologized for calling Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” among other offensive terms.
In a statement, the conservative commentator says, “My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.”
The mess for Limbaugh began just a few days after Fluke testified at a House panel on Feb. 23. It is here Fluke spoke out in favor of health insurance plans covering the cost of contraception, including at religious-affiliated organizations. On Feb. 29 Limbaugh chastised Fluke as only he can during his nationally syndicated radio show.
“What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra 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 slut, right? It makes her a prostitute,” Limbaugh says. “She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.”
His attacks didn’t stop there. In a subsequent broadcast, Limbaugh says, “So, Ms. Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it, and I’ll tell you what it is. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”
But all this didn’t sit well with some of Limbaugh’s advertisers, namely Sleep Number, Legal Zoom, Citrix and Quicken Loans. Each pulled their commercials from his show. This, no doubt, helped drive Limbaugh’s decision to say he’s sorry.
Here’s his complete apology…
“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.
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.
My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.”