Youngstown ad agency pulls ads from Limbaugh show
The number of companies that have pulled their ads from Rush Limbaugh's talk show since his heinous personal attacks on a young woman who spoke out about why women might need contraception for health reasons has reached nearly 50.
They include clients of Youngstown's PageOne Advertising.
The agency's president Robert C. Roach sent a letter to his clients that said,
No woman, including Ms. [Sandra] Fluke, should ever be subject to the type of insults and vitriol broadcast during 'The Rush Limbaugh Show' last week, and no individual or business should wish to be associated with this type of irresponsible behavior.
Yeah, no kidding.
No respectable business anyway. However, one business has stepped up to replace some of the gone-away ads: SeekingArrangement.com, a dating service for people who want to cheat on their partners. That should definitely keep the Newt Gingrich demographic loyal!
Its president said,
Listen, blue and red states, people cheat in both of them. Republican, democrat, men, women — everybody is prone to having an affair. So the bottom line is, my audience sits with his audience and I’m happy to advertise to them.
OK, so who are the "sluts" again? Apparently, Rush Limbaugh's loyal listeners!
In addition, Canadian rock band Rush has demanded the Rush Limbaugh — no relation obviously — stop using their music.
And utterly clueless — or totally owned — spokesperson for Premier Networks which distributes Limbaugh's program, Rachel Nelson, issued the following statement:
“Premiere Networks is committed to providing its listeners with access to a broad range of opinion and commentary without condoning or agreeing with the opinions, comments or attempts at humor expressed by on-air talent. We respect the right of Mr. Limbaugh, as well as the rights of those who disagree with him, to express those opinions The contraception debate is one that sparks strong emotion and opinions on both sides of the issue. Last week, in an attempt at absurdist humor to illustrate his political point, Mr. Limbaugh used words that unfortunately distracted from the message he was trying to convey..
The problem is that Limbaugh was not engaging in any discussion or debate about contraception — he was using ad hominem attacks to smear a young woman for expressing HER opinion, sending a message to women that if they don't keep their opinions to themselves, they are open to being bullied and publicly humiliated with baseless speculation about their most intimate activities.
And a guy who gratefully accepts ads from a dating site for cheaters may should stop trying to parse who is a "slut" and who is not.