My Two Cents on the Limbaugh-Contraception Controversy

When I first heard that Rush Limbaugh had made insulting, sexist comments about a woman last week on his radio show, I thought, “What else is new?” He’s been hurling insults and dragging political discourse to new lows since the 1990s. It’s what he’s good at…in a sick, twisted omg-shut-the-f***-up-already kind of way. I had no plans to write a blog post on his latest idiotic rant.

That was a few days ago.

Limbaugh’s target was Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student who testified before Congressional Democrats, advocating for the government’s new mandate that all employers – religious or not – provide health insurance plans that cover oral contraceptives.

President Obama has since said that religious organizations will be exempt from the mandate. The Republican reaction: All employers should be exempt if they so choose. Oh, and just so you know, Viagra is covered by health insurance, and the middle-to-elderly-aged Republican members of Congress don’t seem to have a problem with that.

Rush went on a tirade, calling Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute,” and even said that she should post sex tapes online for the taxpayer since they’d be footing the bill. He was outraged that the more sex she and other “feminazis (Rush’s word for feminists)” would be having, the more birth control pills they would need, which would translate to more money from the taxpayer to fund the sex lives of American women.

That sound……..that’s your brain exploding.

First of all, the whole “I’m not paying for your birth control” crap is false. The mandate is for PRIVATE insurance companies. PRIVATE…..as in “not public.”

Technicalities and insulting ignorance aside, Rush doesn’t know how birth control works. The birth control pill is prescribed. It is taken once a day. You could have sex once. You could have sex 20 times. It doesn’t matter. It’s always one pill a day. Most women use birth control to alleviate their monthly cycle and the unpleasant side effects that come with it. There are many other uses for the birth control pill, only one being pregnancy avoidance.

Since this whole fiasco started, over 30 advertisers have pulled their advertisements from The Rush Limbaugh Show and website. Three days after Limbaugh first began insulting Fluke and American women in general, he issued a half-assed apology designed to salvage what advertisers he had left. Even after the “apology,” advertisers continued to leave…and are continuing to do so.

My two cents: I hope Limbaugh’s show becomes so unpopular that he has to cancel it. The hate and bigotry that he has long spewed out is toxic to the country. Nowadays, if a Republican wants to be elected, he has to cater to the likes of Limbaugh. Millions of people tune into his radio show, millions of people who vote the way he tells them to. It’s time for him to retire and the hateful ignorance to end.

Stand With Sandra Fluke

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“Judas” – Like a Prayer 2.0

In 1989, Madonna received scorn from the Vatican and various religious groups after she debuted the music video for her song Like a Prayer. The video featured Madonna kissing a black saint, dancing in a field of burning crosses (symbolizing her refusal to be intimidated by racism) and stigmata. The lyrics were rather tame, however. If it had not been for the controversial video, I doubt anyone would have complained.

Chorus to Like a Prayer

When you call my name it’s like a little prayer

I’m down on my knees I want to take you there

In the midnight hour I can feel your power

Just like a prayer you know I’ll take you there

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Fast-forward 22 years. On April 15, 2011, Lady GaGa released the second single from her third studio album Born This Way. Titled Judas, the song is about a “bad boy.” According to the lyrics, Judas (yes, THAT Judas from the New Testament of the Christian Bible) is a guy that she just can’t get over. GaGa uses elements from the story of Jesus’ betrayal by Judas Iscariot to essentially say that the guy she loves is a back-stabbing betrayer.

Verse from Judas

When he comes to me I am ready

I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs

Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain

Even after three times, he betrays me

Official cover for Lady GaGa

Some in the religious community have taken offense to the song (even though the video hasn’t even come out yet). Bill Donohue, president of The Catholic League, had harsh words for the superstar. “This is a stunt… Lady Gaga tries to continue to shock Catholics and Christians in general… She has now morphed into a caricature of herself…” It should be noted that GaGa is Catholic (as was Madonna when she made Like a Prayer). Before any more self-righteous zealots claim she’s just doing this to shock, they should hear what she has to say about it….and actually listen to the song before making a judgement. GaGa had this to say to the Hollywood Reporter:

“It went through several changes and late-night debates because at one point, there were two completely different views and I was like, ‘Listen, I don’t want lightning to strike me! I believe in the gospel and I’m not going there.’ And it was amazing because to have that conversation about salvation, peace and the search for the truth in a room of non-believers and believers, to me, that was saying God is active in a big way. And the place that it came to is surreal. We don’t touch on things that we have no right touching upon, but the inspiration and the soul and idea that out of your oppression, your darkness, your Judas, you can come into the marvelous light. So it’s about the inspiration and to never give up… We’ve created a new Jerusalem.

Listen to the “controversial” song: