Boycott Rush Limbaugh
March 3, 2012 by staff
Boycott Rush Limbaugh, The inflammatory conservative political commentator and host of talk radio program The Rush Limbaugh Show set off a firestorm on Wednesday with his outrageous comments about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, who was barred from testifying last week before an all-male panel during a House of Representatives hearing on religious freedom and the Obama administration’s contraception policy. Limbaugh on Wednesday called Fluke a “sl*t” and on Thursday said, “If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we [...] want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”
On Friday morning, HuffPost blogger Krystal Ball called for a boycott of companies that sponsor the Limbaugh show. Participating Twitter users are rallying around the hashtag #BoycottRush, and two Facebook pages calling for a boycott had garnered more than 18,000 and 6,000 Likes by Saturday morning.
Reddit user jaybercrow posted on r/politics a list of companies that sponsor the Limbaugh show and encouraged Redditors to contact the businesses to ask that they sever Limbaugh partnerships on Friday. “TO BE CLEAR,” reads a caveat at the very top of the post, “this is about taking Rush Limbaugh down through a boycott of his sponsors and in no way is meant to infer physical harm.”
During the day on Friday, Limbaugh sponsors began responding to the outcry over his statements. Jaybercrow updated the Reddit list several times on Friday as sponsors pulled their deals with Limbaugh. By Saturday morning, Legal Zoom, Citrix Success, Heart and Body Extract, AutoZone, Quicken Loans, Sleep Train, Sleep Number and Oreck said they yanked ads from Limbaugh’s show.
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