ProFlowers – dumped him! AOL – dumped him! AllState – dumped him! Now… Who’s next?

4 Mar
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You all are amazing! Hours after our first wave of emails began hitting the inboxes of ProFlowers.com, the company suspended advertisements with Rush Limbaugh. Now, the day after we switched our focus to AOL, they too have announced they will suspend funding for Limbaugh’s vitriol.

Rush has also apologized to Sandra Fluke for his choice of words, but as Sandra says, that “doesn’t change anything… this was not someone who made one accidental statement. This was three days of significant portions of his three-hour show. He insulted me and the women of Georgetown — who have received no apology – he insulted us over 53 times.”

Rush had two full days to consider the impact of his words and make amends, but last Friday — with his sponsors still by his side — he was in his third day of hurling insults at Sandra, saying “she’s having so much sex (and her buddies with her) that she can’t afford it… did you ever think about maybe backing off the amount of sex that you have?…They’re lined up around the block… Ms. Fluke, who bought your condoms in junior high? Who bought your condoms in the sixth grade, or your contraception?”

This was not “absurdity”, as Rush’s mealy-mouthed apology put it; this was a full-on assault on women who want contraceptives covered by medical care. It was an assault on a woman for daring to speak publicly about sex as a medical issue. It is a disgrace that any advertiser continues to proudly associate itself with this type of rhetoric. With advertisers falling as fast as we can target them, we are going after the final few in one fell swoop.

Tell Rush’s sponsors to stop funding his vile attacks on women.

http://sumofus.org/campaigns/limbaugh/?sub=taf

[Another petition is available at CredoMobile, the more petition you sign the more your voice is amplified http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/limbaugh_appalling/?rc=tw2 ]

Visit the BoycottLimbaugh on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Rush-Limbaughs-Sponsors-to-SHUT-HIM-DOWN/253645602134

Thank you.

UPDATE:  BREAKING: AOL drops Limbaugh 3/5/2012 https://www.facebook.com/aol/posts/356690557687629

Thanks to those who signed the petitions and made your voice be heard.

Hello,

Rush Limbaugh is calling women who use birth control sluts.

And that’s not all. If the women in your life want to have birth control covered in their medical plan, then Rush “wants something for it” — he wants them to record themselves having sex and then “post the videos online so we can all watch.”

The only reason this bigot is on the air is because of the millions of dollars companies pay each year for advertising on his show. Among them is internet giant AOL, which has even been offering discounts to Limbaugh’s listeners.

Use the form on the right, in this following website, to ask AOL to stand up for women and pull their ads from Rush’s show:

sumofus.org/campaigns/aol-limbaugh/?sub=taf

Limbaugh’s disgusting, hateful words specifically targeted Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke. Fluke has fought for coverage for birth control publicly on behalf of a friend at school with a medical issue that resulted in the loss of one of her ovaries — a condition that would have been entirely preventable if she had been given access to hormonal contraception.

Companies have a responsibility not to support hate speech like Limbaugh’s – and consumers like us are demanding that they stand up to him. Rush clearly recognizes the danger he’s in — yesterday he issued a mealy-mouthed “apology” excusing his behavior by saying that he has always “illustrated the absurd with absurdity.”

But those half-hearted, uninspiring words are only feeding the huge momentum that’s building to get Rush off the air. Two of his biggest advertisers, Carbonite and ProFlowers, dropped Rush after his so-called “apology” yesterday. Carbonite’s CEO said, “No one with daughters the age of Sandra Fluke, and I have two, could possibly abide the insult and abuse heaped upon this courageous and well-intentioned young lady.”

Meanwhile, AOL continues to advertise a 75% discount on its “Quick Check Diagnostic” service “exclusively for Rush Limbaugh listeners.” That’s simply unacceptable.

1According to ABC, LegalZoom, Quicken Loans and Sleep Number along with West Coast ad buyer The Sleep Train have pulled ads from the Rush Limbaugh ShowSome Sponsors Rush Away From Limbaugh’s Show, ABC News, March 3, 2012
2Limbaugh Sorry for Attack on Student in Birth Control Furor, New York Times, March 3, 2012
3Rush Limbaugh calls law student a ‘slut’ for wanting contraception to be covered by health insurance at religious institutions, New York Daily News, March 1, 2012
4List of most-listened-to radio programs,” Wikipedia.
5Rush Limbaugh calls law student a ‘slut’ for wanting contraception to be covered by health insurance at religious institutions, New York Daily News, March 1, 2012

5 Responses to “ProFlowers – dumped him! AOL – dumped him! AllState – dumped him! Now… Who’s next?”

  1. Anonymous March 5, 2012 at 10:23 PM #

    I will not buy anything from anybody that sponsers Rush Windbag

  2. kamau March 5, 2012 at 10:41 AM #

    aol please stop paying this crazy guy for the sake of women of the world

  3. emergentcomplexity March 5, 2012 at 12:51 AM #

    Yes, clearly the real story here is the fact that Sandra Fluke was being ripped off by her Doctor, and whatever drug company rep. who bribed him to perscribe non-generic contraceptives. I think it is perfectly fine if insurance companies don’t cover contraceptives. It should only run a couple of bucks a month.

    She needs to find an ethical doctor who will give her a perscription for an affordable contraception, and Rush Limbaugh needs to not call people names.

  4. Nur Ali March 4, 2012 at 10:06 PM #

    As a father of two young girls, I feel ashamed that AOL continues to stand by Rush Limbaugh. If you have any integrity or values please dump Rush Limbaugh immediately. If you continue to insist to support this anti-women fool then you are just like him.

  5. Danny Garrett March 4, 2012 at 7:57 PM #

    Rush Limbaugh’s behavior is beyond the pale. He is despicable. You are despicable too if you continue your support of him.

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