When I heard Rush Limbaugh personally deliver an Angie’s List advertisement, I was shocked because I couldn’t believe a highly trusted women-owned company would support misogynistic and racist speech through advertising.
I emailed Angie’s List and spoke directly with Cheryl Reed, Angie’s PR executive, to explain that I couldn’t understand how Angie’s List could willingly deny the relationship between ethics and advertising.
In both instances, I received a canned and calculated response to my expected and anticipated consumer outrage.
Their deliberate desire to have Rush Limbaugh personally deliver their ads is a perfect example of their newly exposed detached corporate approach of insensitivity and hubris, in my opinion.
*Please note at the end of the email their highly intentional bolding: of inclusiveness.
By implying that I am an exclusionist is Angies’s List trying to cleverly shame me for the same reasons Rush Limbaugh slut-shamed Sandra Fluke?
Please contact Angie’s List to let them know how you feel about their advertising choices. Don’t let them shame you because you know the difference between hate speech and free speech:
Twitter Handle: @AngiesList @Angie_Hicks
Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/#!/angieslist
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/angieslist
Angie’s doing alright, why does she need Rush?: http://www.therichest.org/celebnetworth/business/tech-millionaire/angie-hicks-net-worth/
I just found out that you proudly
advertise on the Rush Limbaugh Show.
The audience is listening.
We don’t support those who support Rush.
Please contact Angie’s List to let Sheryl Reed and Angie know how you feel about their advertising choices.
Don’t let them shame you because you know the difference between hate speech and free speech:
Do you have ethical aptitude?
Can you distinguish hate speech from free speech?
Do you have the moral courage to do something about it? Speak up!
Rush Limbaugh betrayed the GOP when he exposed the reality of the War On Women. Oh, I am sure not intentionally, but he did.
As the Republican party started moving in on our wombs, we were stunned and maybe a touch amused that they would dare to try.
Comments about Aspirin made us wince, but we are accustomed to wincing at how silly it sounds when powerful people assume the identity of virgins.
They speak of intercourse as if only animals partake in such an activity outside of marriage and assert that only married people bother with it when it serves the purpose of procreation. They declare: People should not be able to have sex without consequence, and when they say people – they mean women.
I wrote off their legislative attempts as tricks to garner supportive votes from the Christian community. I concluded that these were simply sleight of hand or winks and nods to show support of ‘old-timey values’ – you know the time in history where everyone ‘knew their place’ and Leave it to Beaver was the most controversial thing ever. A simpler time.
What a joke! And when I say that I am talking about me. I am the joke, because I thought I was safe against psychotic-anti-humanitarianism, at least when it came to my American womb and my access to healthcare that fits my morals; my lifestyle; my economic position; my health limitations.
I thought I was safe, that is, until Rush Limbaugh gave away the GOP’s desire to clamp me with chastity measures. Rush Limbaugh completely killed the momentum of this GOP goal. Look now how he grasps at the Hilary Rosen comments like a rabid dog; thirsty and desperate. He even made a little logo: The War on Moms. Ha!
Rush Limbaugh, you exposed the GOP’s right flank. You can’t change this fact and you can not distract us from this fact:
The GOP does not have women’s best health-care interests at heart.
Thanks for the heads-up, Rush. As I continue to listen to who still sponsors you…I also listen for your slip-ups and your clues.
You are such a loose cannon. I don’t know whether to force you off the air or to keep you as our little canary.
“My dear brothers, never forget, that the devil’s best trick is to persuade you that he doesn’t exist!”
– Le Joueur généreux, February 7, 1864
For those of us with even the most remote sense of history there are ‘stand-out’ moments in the past when it is common for one to ponder: Why didn’t anybody try to stop it.
Whatever the ‘it’ is that you found yourself pondering, did you ever stop and ask yourself: Would I have had the courage to do something about ‘it’?
A fine question indeed, and most positively you would have answered to yourself that, yes, you would have had the courage to try, at the very least.
This is the wrong question to ask yourself, however. The right question was and always will be: Would I have the ability and the skill to recognize what it is that needs to be stopped?
Evil does not come up behind a person, tap them on the shoulder and say, “Hi I’m Mr. Bête Noire – may I swallow your soul?”
The challenge has always been for people to identify the problem and weed it out when the opportunity arises.
Whenever a firmly rooted Bête Noire lets his mask fall. He is vulnerable. He exerts his energy trying to re-affix the veneer which allowed him to walk the world in daylight for so long.
Rush Limbaugh has, without a doubt, shown us who he is and what he believes. He has been doing it for years. But we have all decided to write him off as an entertainer, shock-jock, jerk, loose-cannon, a Goebbelesque parody.
At what point do the excuses not longer fit? At what point do we feel compelled to take action against the devil in our midst — then realize he has been hiding in plain sight, all along?
If you have always asked yourself if you would have the courage to take action, I applaud you. If you have now realized that courage is nothing without the fortitude of character to identify the enemy and act swiftly, then you do not need applause – you are simply where you need to be.
We all tell ourselves we will know what to do when we are called. This time it is easy: pick up the phone, write a letter, contact the FCC, use twitter, join one of the large teams. There are many resources at your disposal.
This revolution will not take place on the streets. This revolution will be won from our kitchen tables. Please pull up a chair and join us.
“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”
― Maya Angelou