By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter
One of my and Yvonne's friends on Facebook posted a link to the news re Limbaugh losing advertisers.
Emboldened by Rush Limbaugh’s public apology over the weekend to a law school student whom he had called a “slut” and a “prostitute,” critics of the radio talk show host are intensifying their online campaign against his advertisers.
Sho' 'nuf - the following comment almost immediately popped up. *Sigh*
Where is the outrage for Maher calling Palin a C*nt? Is it OK to insult women if you lean far left?
My response? No. It's not okay. Not ever.
But, we weren't talking about Palin.
That said, Bill Maher is a stand-up comedian. A group of people not exactly renowned for their taste, tact or restraint.
Rush Limbaugh, on the other hand, is a leader (yes, a leader) of the GOP (or at least the most vocal part of it) and was viciously attacking a young woman (for days; he's got to fill a lot of air time to justify his making $50 mil a year, doncha know?) because she had the audacity to testify that health insurers should cover contraceptives.
The nerve! How DARE she? As one columnist noted, perhaps Mr. Limbaugh is confusing contraception with his little blue pills...which are - ahem - covered by insurance plans.
Anyway...back to Maher and Palin. No, it's never ever the - um - right thing to call a woman such a name. That said, I'm really, really tired of the immature responses whenever anyone has the audacity to point out that Limbaugh or any of the other toxic fringe clowns are spewing venom and lies. "But, Mommmm, EVERYONE else does it!"
Let's all grow up, people. Look, I don't like Ms. Palin. She's a pathetic insult to intelligent women everywhere - on both the left and the right. Dim. Mean-spirited. Hateful. Spiteful. Petty. Proud of her ignorance. See? I can say what I think of Ms. Palin without resorting to gutter speak. (Hmmm...wonder how the last election would have went if McCain had chosen Olympia Snowe as his running mate? Intelligent. Qualified. Respected by both left and right.)
Oh. Wait. Never mind. According to some of the blogs supporting him, Rush was making a joke! No harm intended! Geez, you liberals are so thin-skinned. Silly us. It was simply a matter of "insulting word choices" - which are - oopsie! - a bad habit of his...maybe he's still hitting some of those other funny little pills he used to so enjoy.
And, of course, it's all really okay since someone somewhere else insulted Sarah Palin, a different woman, in a different situation, for different reasons.
P.S. There was a lot of outrage - all over the blogosphere....back in March 2011 when Maher did his bit. But, hey, he was just making a joke.