It’s been over a month since Rush Limbaugh said those controversial comments about Sandra Fluke. Now in no way am I defending what Rush said. The point he was trying to make was valid but he could have used less inflammatory language. Indeed if he called a woman in my life those names I’d punch him in the nose. Rush is a consummate wordsmith and he could have made his point without stooping to that level.
And even though that happened months ago, the National Organization for Women is doing their best to keep this story in the news by organizing protests and setting up phone banks to harass radio stations and advertisers.
Can we put things in perspective here? Rush said some offensive things towards women. Charlie Sheen on the other hand has ACTED offensively towards women. And while Rush has advertisers canceling him, Charlie Sheen mocks his behavior towards women and the law and gets rewarded with a Cooper Mini Ad.
Where is the NOW’s outrage towards this? Why aren’t they calling for Charlie Sheen’s head? Rush never beat a woman. He never bragged about flings with prostitutes or porn stars. He never beat up a hooker and left her in the closet. Charlie Sheen has done all of that. And there’s not a peep about it when he makes fun of it for commercial gain from the ladies at NOW.
As much as I might disagree with what Rush has said it frightens me to think that we could live in a world where free speech gets punished and illegal activities get mocked and rewarded. Rush said some things that were inappropriate and he apologized. I would tell the ladies of NOW to move on, but Move On is another organization that wants to squelch free speech.
Let’s put our priorities in the right place. Be consistent in your outrage. And remember that actions can be much more painful and hurtful than words.