I don’t know how I missed this news until today but the state of Missouri (well, it’s not the whole state, it’s Republican Representative Steven Tilley) wants to put a statue of Rush Limbaugh up. Serioulsy? A statue? Yes. A statue.
What would they be immortalizing? I am a part of this nation and Missouri is one of the states in it, so what would we, as a nation, be immortalizing?
1. The oppression of people based on their gender.
It hasn’t been that long since Rush Limbaugh not only called Sandra Fluke a slut and a prostitute when she spoke about medical needs for birth control pills that are not at all related to sex. He has played a huge part in the programming of America against women and in this case, suggesting that women who want access to birth control are sluts. He also inferred that women are for men’s sexual pleasure when he told her he’d pay for her birth control but to post her sex tape for him to watch.
“Feminism was established to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream.”- Rush Limbaugh
No- Feminism was established to allow women power enough to make men like Rush Limbaugh stop being able to make decisions for our bodies, lives and dreams. #FlushRush
2. The oppression of people based on the color of their skin.
Rush Limbaugh speaking of African Americans: “They’re 12% of the population. Who the hell cares?”
The nation should care a little more than they do if a statue is erected of him on American soil.
3. The oppression of people based on their religion.
He has made hateful and intolerant comments to Arabs and continues to frame the ideal society as Christian white men. Americans practice different religions and identify themselves with many different religions. In the United States, there are: Christians, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Wiccans, Sikhs, Hindus, those who practice indigenous religions, Buddhists, Baha’i, Jainism, Rastafarianism, Neo-Paganism, Unitarian-Universalists, Scientology, traditional Chinese religion, among others. Our society is greater than Rush Limbaugh wants us to be okay with. It’s time to stand with America, not Rush.
4. The oppression of people based on their culture.
5. The oppression of people who were not born in the United States (all “foreigners, but especially certain immigrant groups). More Xenophobia anyone?
Rush Limbaugh has continually made anti-foreigner and anti-immigrant statements and called Mexicans ”stupid and unskilled.” He seeps ethnocentrism. After the genocide of the indigenous people, the United States was founded by immigrants and since then, immigrants have populated it over the years and continue to. We cannot allow someone who speaks such hate against people of other countries be immortalized.
Rush has made numerous statements about gay people turning around and that being an invitation for rape or bending over… Offensive, homophobic, and spreads intolerance and hate that can lead to violence.
No one making statements that silence groups of people should have a statue made of them.
7. The oppression of people based on their gender identity.
8. The oppression of people by way of rape, violence.
Much of Rush’s hate talk promotes violence as it is intolerant of those who are different than him. Respectable men trying to do good in the world should find him disgusting and horrific. His behavior has been deplorable and should not be recognized with a statue. It is insulting to so many people, more than half of the nation that a statue be built of him and displayed. Keep America clean.
Missouri’s NOW chapter has been organizing a #FlushRush campaign where they have sent rolls and rolls of toilet paper to Rep Steven Tilley in protest of the statue.
If you can’t send toilet paper, call or email: phone (573) 751-1488 and email: Steven.Tilley@house.mo.gov Tell Steven Tilley that in your country you don’t support the hatred of groups of people!
As a state in the nation I am from, I do not want a statue of a man who stands against so much of what makes this nation great: (in no particular order) women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ communities, people of different faiths, people of many different cultures. Should Rush Limbaugh be immortalized next to Walt Disney, Harry Truman, and Mark Twain? I say NO.