Rush Limbaugh Georgetown comments: Students react angrily to host's opinion
The day after Rush Limbaugh made comments about a Georgetown University law student that sent shockwaves across America, students on campus are reacting angrily to the talk show host's opinion.
On Wednesday's show, Limbaugh, the conservative commentator who is widely known to never pull punches with his opinions, called Sandra Fluke, who was blocked from testifying at a Congressional hearing on religious freedom and contraception several weeks ago, a "slut" and a "prostitute."
Those words are causing outrage across Georgetown's campus.
"Having someone put you down for making a decision is upsetting," Georgetown student Alyssia Lanfranchi said. "It’s going against empowering women."
Fluke later testified at a hearing put together by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), where she said that Georgetown students pay thousands of dollars per year on contraception because campus health plans do not cover them for women.
In the wake of her testimony, Limbaugh insinuated that Fluke wanted the government to pay her for having sex.
"What does that make her? It makes her a slut...it makes her a prostitute," he said.
Nursing student Lisa Rattner cautioned Limbaugh to choose his words carefully when commenting on the subject matter.
"Make a valid argument and we can talk, but don’t shame me," Rattner said. "How does that make you a slut?
"If you want people to take you seriously, use language that’s appropriate.”
Georgetown President John DeGioia said in a statement Friday that Limbaugh's words gave the school and its community to stand for the values of civility.
"Rush Limbaugh and commentators throughout the blogosphere and in various other media channels responded with behavior that can only be described as misogynistic, vitriolic, and a misrepresentation of the position of our student," DeGioia said.
Instead of retreating on Thursday, Limbaugh responded to his critics by saying that he was "calling it what it is." He then offered to "buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want."
And on Friday, the host continued his crusade, saying that he thought he was being "compassionate" with his offer.
"All of a sudden we are told that people who want to sex without consequence; sex with no responsibility; we have to pay for it.," Limbaugh said. "That, to me, is insulting."
The aspirin comment greatly resembled ones made by Foster Friess, the businessman and active Rick Santorum supporter, in February, in which he said that in his day, "women used Bayer Aspirin for contraception" - that they put it "between their knees and it wasn't that costly."
"His opinions on women are at least slightly misogynistic," Georgetown student Zainab Ibrahim said.
Politico reports that House Speaker John Boehner denounced Limbaugh's statement.
“The speaker obviously believes the use of those words was inappropriate, as is trying to raise money off the situation,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said, according to Politico.
In the wake of the comments, two major advertisers on Limbaugh's show, California-based mattress store Sleep Train and ProFlowers, have pulled their advertising.