A note about honoring Limbaugh…

Let’s jump right on in, shall we?

I’m a Missourian so trust that I am all over the decision by the Speaker of the Missouri House to honor Rush Limbaugh with a bust in the Hall of Famous Missourians.

Some have questioned the outrage claiming that Limbaugh is famous and a Missourian thus qualifying him for honor in the Hall.

My response?

Limbaugh is infamous and there is a difference.

The thought of honoring Limbaugh in my House with my hard earned tax dollars turns my stomach, but my outrage is sourced in more than that.

Limbaugh is scheduled to be honored along with Dred Scott.

Yep, that’s right – Missouri is set to honor a bigot known for segregation nostalgia, public displays of ignorance, and race-baiting for profit at the same time the state intends to finally honor a man who is a national symbol of justice corrupted by bigotry, liberty blocked by ignorance, and freedom denied for…wait for it…profit.

I know that everyone is up in arms over Limbaugh’s recent attacks on Sandra Fluke.

I am too.

But my disgust over his treatment of Ms. Fluke has been added to a list that includes his asking a black female caller on his show to “take that bone out of your nose and call me back” and his statement that “the NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.”

And then there is this Limbaugh classic, so “appropriate” given that he’ll be honored next to Dred Scott – “Some people are born victims. Some people are just born to be slaves. Some people are born to put up with somebody else making every decision for them.” (source – Media Matters)

If Missouri ends up adding Limbaugh to the Hall of Famous Missourians…and we might because Speaker Tilley has a history of not getting why people get outraged by outrageous things…then those pushing this honor are lifting up Limbaugh’s history of sexism and race-baiting as a shining example of what being from Missouri is about.

And we can look forward to tour guides under the dome of the Missouri Capitol pausing groups of students in front of Limbaugh’s bust to explain “This famous Missourian gave us the Barack the Magic Negro song and recently demanded sex tapes from women in exchange for access to birth control without co-payments!”

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  • http://feministing.com/members/aphroditemine/ Marcia

    I, too, am a Missourian. Rush has long been a featured member of the Famous Missourians flood wall mural here in Cape Girardeau, where he is from. It’s a source of frustration and irritation for me, while I try to justify continuing to live in such a socially backwards area (with the exclusion of some of the University and Roller Derby crowd).

    It does make me feel a little better when dear old Rush gets defaced. Small consolation.

  • http://feministing.com/members/pencils99/ Christy

    Missourians can protest Rush’s induction by letting Claire McCaskill know their disappointment: http://clairemccaskill.com/rushfixed

  • http://feministing.com/members/pencils99/ Christy
  • http://feministing.com/members/toongrrl/ toongrrl

    Wow……I feel you SharkFu…..years ago I found out those Prussian Blue girls came from my town of Bakersfield……thankfully Montana changed them a bit. I think there will be some irreverent kids sticking ABC gum on his bust.

  • http://feministing.com/members/theresnoappforthat/ Alicia

    Could not agree more. Thank you so much for this post. Here is the link to a petition against Rush’s celebration state-wide: http://www.change.org/petitions/keep-rush-limbaugh-out-of-the-hall-of-famous-missourians

  • http://feministing.com/members/ivan/ Ivan

    A bust in a state-built Hall of Fame?

    Mr. Limbaugh himself, a self-identified anti-big government conservative, should disapprove of this on account of it all being a waste of taxpayer dollars.

    • http://feministing.com/members/brittforbes93/ Brittany

      To be fair, he’s so arrogant, he’d probably think was a brilliant use of taxpayer dollars. Paying for teachers, firefighters, police officers? No. Maintenance and upkeep of parks and roadways? Not for those hippies. Welfare? Fuck them. No. All money must go to Rush Limbaugh.

  • http://feministing.com/members/sarahbee/ Sarah

    I’ll be signing every petition I can get my hands on even though I live in Washington.

  • http://feministing.com/members/courtkneestl/ Courtney

    I am so embarrassed and upset as a Missourian. I’ve always said – and I said this in my email to Speaker Tilley – that I love my hometown of St. Louis and feel a strong connection with my fellow Missourians as we all do, but I am far too often embarrassed by my state.

    The things Rush has said are beyond simply bad things to say – they undermine entire groups and attempt to silence people. If you just look at the things he said about Sandra Fluke – which are not, as you explained and as I explained to Speaker Tilley, isolated quotes – they attack all women and feed into the negative views we have of women. He once again proved that our society does not value women or our voices and Missouri wants to honor him for that? If I were to walk in to the State Capitol and see a statue of Rush as a symbol for our state I would feel incredibly uncomfortable knowing that my government values this man.

    I’ve done my part in pressuring Speaker Tilley to reconsider this and hopefully my voice will be heard.

  • http://feministing.com/members/robbieloveslife/ Robert

    Wow I don’t know what to say. I don’t know much about Missouri but I’ll probably be guilty of stereotyping most residents there as agreeing with Limbaugh’s views. Man he is arrogant as hell. I heard he said yesterday that any talk of him getting kicked off the air is BS because ONLY HE can take himself off the air.

  • http://feministing.com/members/brittforbes93/ Brittany

    Is that really Missouri’s excuse? He’s famous and he’s from Missouri, so we should build him a bust and HONOR him?

    As someone from Washington state, I give you a list of famous people from Washington state that deserve a bust:
    Kenny G
    Adam West
    Sir Mix-A-Lot
    Hillary Swank

    But wait! You say. They’re just actors and a rapper and saxophone player. They haven’t done anything worth noting, besides win two Oscars, play Batman, rap about butts, and have huge hair whilst playing easy listening. Why should THEY be honored with a bust? Because they’re famous, and they’re from Washington, duh!

  • http://feministing.com/members/thorn/ Jen

    There’s an interesting article from Steve Erikson over at The American Prospect about what the failure of the GOP to denounce Limbaugh says about its deafness to the female vote. See excerpt below:

    “When the hysteria peaked with l’affaire Limbaugh last week, there was general bewilderment over whether Rush understood that the birth-control pill is not female Viagra, that a woman takes the same daily dosage of estrogen and progestin regardless of whether she’s going to have sex one time, a thousand times, or zero times (entirely leaving aside the fact that three out of five women take the pill for reasons having nothing to do with sex or pregnancy). Perhaps indeed it’s true that someone previously investigated for an oxycontin addiction would be of the mind-set to think of the pill in these terms; more likely, however—since no clear-headed person ever has called Limbaugh stupid—is that he understands the basics of contraception but wasn’t going to let them get in the way of invoking for his program’s listeners the sexual spectacle of orgiastic women caught on videotape. Thus the Limbaugh comments about Sandra Fluke transparently were not those of a naïf but rather a bully at best and a pervert at worst, with many shades of creep lying between the two. When women of whatever political stripe heard Limbaugh, they heard several millennia of familiar male piggery.

    Just on cravenly political grounds, the response of the right should be more stupefying than it was. John McCain (whose condemnation of Limbaugh has been bracingly unequivocal and dishearteningly rare among conservatives) polled 43 percent of all women voters in 2008. At the rate the Republican Party is going, it will struggle to get 33 percent in 2012, leaving the party to try scaring up seven out of ten men (whom women outvote). That none of this had any apparent impact on Tuesday night’s result, that the candidates showed no more cognizance of what happened these past eight days with the female electorate than they did the Tuesday before or the Tuesday before that, and that Romney’s opportunism was so determinedly unfazed may mean—in terms of Republican prospects in November—that the more things stay the same, the more they change, and not for the better. “