Rush Limbaugh's half-assed apology & other "I'm sorry's" that didn't mean a thing
Well, well, well. It looks like a certain someone is rethinking his words now that a ton of advertisers have pulled their ads from his radio show. Over the weekend, Rush Limbaugh finally gave in and apologized to Georgetown student, Sandra Fluke, for calling her a "slut" and a "prostitute" after she advocated for insurance coverage of birth control.
Limbaugh released a statement on his website, saying, "My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices."
Personally, I think it's too little, too late. Maybe if Limbaugh had had the decency to call Fluke himself or at least apologize on his radio show, instead of going the cowardly, indirect route, I'd actually believe him. As it is, it doesn't seem like the apology has done much to quell the controversy as sponsors are still pulling their ads from his show and Twitter users are still calling for the boycott of companies who will continue to promote his show.
Unfortunately, Limbaugh isn't the only figure in the political sphere that has made a dumb comment and then tried to take it back. Here are 5 others who have backtracked after making equally insulting statements.
1. Connecticut Mayor Joseph Maturo sparked a firestorm of criticism for quipping "I might have tacos" when asked how he would support the Latino community in the aftermath of the arrest of four town police officers accused of racially profiling and bullying Latino residents. Soon after, he made a lame apology, saying it was an"insensitive and off-color comment." Uh you think? On the bright side, the incident sparked a send-the-mayor-a-taco campign on social media and the mayor's office went on to receive more than 2,000 tacos. Ha!
2. Radio host Don Imus also created controversy back in 2009 when he called members of the Rutger's women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos." As in Limbaugh's case, sponsors began pulling their ads from this program after which Imus quickly began backpedaling, saying he was sorry and calling his comment "really stupid." But, at least in this case, justice was served –even after his so-called apology, CBS fired Imus after "much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society." Seriously, what's with these radio guys?
3. Recently, Republican candidate Newt Gingrich drew criticism for contending the U.S. child labor laws are "truly stupid" and arguing that poor minority children should go to work as janitors. His (idiotic) reasoning? He claimed that these children only earned money from criminal activity and needed to know how to do it honestly. Uh, yeah, because every minority child who doesn't have Gingrich's net worth of $6.7 million MUST be picking pockets to get by. After much public furor, Gingrich tried to "clarify" his statement, saying that his assertions apply specifically to those in public housing projects and other areas with few employed adults. Right, because that makes it better.
4. Last year, GOP presidential hopeful Hermain Cain made foolish remarks about building an electric fence on the Mexico border that could kill people trying to cross illegally. He soon apologized, saying it was "a joke"…only to later tell reporters that he actually thought it was a good idea. Um, WHAT?!
5. Oklahoma's Republican Representative Sally Kern angered many with the sexist and racist remarks she made about women and people of color last spring. "Is this just because they're black that they're in prison, or could it be because they didn't want to work hard in school?," she said of minority youth. "I taught school for 20 years, and I saw a lot of people of color who didn't want to work as hard. They wanted it given to them." She went on to accuse women of the same thing, saying "… women like … to have a moderate work life with plenty of time for spouse and children and other things like that. ... They work very hard, but sometimes they aren't willing to commit their whole life to their job like a lot of men do." Soon after, Kern made a tearful apology but the public, especially Oklahoma residents themselves, found it hard to forgive. "Sally Kern cried &and said she mis-spoke (from her written notes) so everything's forgiven, right? Gosh, I love being a Republican in Okla!" said one Twitter user.
What do you think of Limbaugh's apology? Do you think he's being sincere or just trying to save his image?