By Iris (Bronxstar) Mack
This week we have again witnessed what the power of one galvanized with the approval of many can still accomplish in America.
Ms. Fluke who is a white woman, was called a “slut and a prostitute” on a national radio broadcasted show and rebroadcast for shock value throughout the country by R.L. He called the young woman out of her name and tried to hide behind the fact that he was trying to be “funny”. R.L. spoke out without doing his homework because then he would have known that the young lady was speaking on behalf of those that did not want to bear the craziness this kind of courage often brings. The issue was obviously way over the head of R.L. which is why he probably decided to make a joke rather than to read about the issue first. I also would not be suprized to learn of some “back door” deal making between R.L. and lobbiest for the insurance companies that are against birth control drugs being made available to women through the use of medical insurance. I always find it amusing that they (Republicans and Conservatives) will fight tooth and nail to keep birth control from being an issue, but also have the ability to purchase condoms from any store on the block without a problem. The all boys network is stil alive and thriving in Washington that is for sure.
Our people are no strangers to others who look at serious situations that we face and choose to make a mockery of them and then call it a harmless joke. Speaking up in front of congress is daunting enough without thinking about the backlash from someone that just needs something to say to “fill air time”. Maybe we (black folk) should consider speaking in front of congress. Maybe if we went to them and said the n-word was something that we feels should have some “controls” R.L. will find something stupid to say about that and we can then begin to generate some interest in putting this issue to rest as well.(I know never going to happen). But the beauty is that several companies that pay good money female money (too) to advertise with this show have pulled away and out (or as they say temporarily suspended financing) until further notice. After all advertising is very fickle, could be that in six months down the line these same guys will be back quietly sponsoring this program again, until the next time he goes off on somebody else.
The companies that have “left” are “Quicken Loans, Sleep Train Mattresses, Sleep Number, LegalZoom, Carbonite and Citrix have also said they will pull their advertisements from Limbaugh’s program. The latest company is Pro Flowers. “While Citrix obviously does not control any show’s content or endorse opinions of their hosts, we do take the concerns of our customers seriously,” Citrix’s General Manager of Online Services Brett Caine posted Friday on the technology company’s Face book page. “When they are upset about something, we listen. After careful consideration, we have decided to discontinue our advertising on The Rush Limbaugh Show.” And this just in we have another company… that just pulled out of the R.L. show…AOL
When I first heard this story it instantly reminded me of another big mouth, Imus in the morning who spewed out B.S. with his comments as well.
Obviously nothing was done that was substantial because we are here again.(he was fired but still works) No precedence was set, no charges bought, nothing that would even make R.L. slow down and take a breath. National woman’s month and we come into it with a bang. Disrespect at its best and again America at its worst. Language is a studied behavior and a proven fact that even CBS understood at the time. CBS said at that time.. “In our meeting with concerned groups, there has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people..That consideration has weighed most heavily on our minds as we made our decision.” The fact that Imus scorned “women of color trying to make their way in this society” did not escape rebuke from CBS, but the rest of the CBS remarks of 2007 apply equally to the current Sandra Fluke situation. Our Current President who has daughters and a wife that he loves and respects so his remarks then and now show that Re:
Barack Obama Comments:
Most apropos of all Imus reactions, however, came from then-Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, back on April 11 of 2007: “…there’s nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group. And I would hope that NBC ends up having that same attitude…It were a degrading comment. What we’ve been seeing around this country is this constant ratcheting up of a coarsening of the culture that all of us have to think about…Insults, humor that degrades women, humor that is based in racism and racial stereotypes isn’t fun. And the notion that somehow it’s cute or amusing, or a useful diversion, I think, is something that all of us have to recognize is just not the case. We all have First Amendment rights. And I am a Constitutional lawyer and strongly believe in free speech, but as a culture, we really have to do some soul-searching to think about what kind of toxic information we are feeding our kids.”
That was before Barack Obama became President Obama. President Barack Obama called Sandra Fluke to tell her that her parents should be proud of her (something Limbaugh had ridiculed on the air, saying, “Can you imagine, if you’re her parents, how proud you’d be?”)
Consequently it is a known fact that the company that owns the R.L. show is owned by none other than Mitt Romney. Mr. Romney did not speak out and say what R.L. said was wrong, basically he said he did agree with the sentiment but just would not have used those same words to describe his point of view. This would have been a great time for Mr. Romney to show that he does have a “backbone”. That he can think without having someone to write his thoughts down for him (not getting my vote).
Words do matter huh?? Ban the N-word..Before it’s too late!
Iris Mack is the author of “i will be well again” and is a Founding Board member of the United Voices for a Common Cause, Inc.
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