Nuggets of Wisdom

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Demotivational Poster: Slut


Slut by ~BlameThe1st on deviantART

I don’t care about Rush Limbaugh. I never listened to his show. I could care less that his advertisers are abandoning him like rats from a sinking ship. If he loses his show (which is probably unlikely), it would make no difference to me. In my opinion, Limbaugh is a neocon shill who represents the brand of phony conservatism that preaches limited government while shoving our Constitution through the paper shredder. The sooner we are rid of him and other like-minded neocons, the better the conservative movement will be.

I only find it interesting (if not disturbing) that, of all the things he could be kicked off the air for saying, Limbaugh risks losing his show over calling some woman a “slut.” This reminds me of a similar instance a year ago when left-wing radio host Ed Shultz was temporarily kicked off the air for calling conservative pundit Laura Inghram a “slut.” (Apparently, “slut” is the missing eighth word you can’t say on television—or in this case, radio.) Several months later on his MSNBC show, he featured video footage of Rick Perry complaining about a “big black cloud in Washington,” which Shultz implied was a racist remark against Obama. It was later revealed that the video footage had been edited, and Perry was really referring to “a big black cloud” of debt. To this day, Shulz still has a spot on MSNBC.

And this clearly illustrates the problem with America: it prioritizes political correctness over actual correctness. Both Limbaugh and Shulz can get away with spreading lies and misinformation on their shows, but the minute they say something “offensive”—like calling a woman a “slut”—they risk being kicked off the air.

The past few years have seen the firing of several notable pundits: Don Imus lost his MSNBC show for calling a girls’ basketball team “nappy-headed hoes.” Juan Williams was kicked off NPR for claiming he felt nervous when flying on the same plane as Muslims. Helen Thomas lost her White House seat after demanding the Jews “get the hell out of Palestine.” Dr. Laura lost her radio show after using the n-word in a non-racial context. Meanwhile, pathological liars like Michael Moore, Al Gore, and Paul Krugman continue to profit from spreading their reality-challenged propaganda. Here in America, you’re free to lie, but not to insult.

And don’t get me wrong: as my name implies, I’m all for free speech, and I believe everyone has a right to say whatever the hell they want outside of “let’s kill this person.” But freedom demands personal responsibility. You are only free to say what you like provided you are held accountable for what you say, and if we are going to hold people accountable, it should be for saying something dishonest rather than simply offensive. Too bad in America we’re only concerned about what personally insults us rather than what should insult our intelligence—and there is nothing more insulting than a lie.