From Right Wing Watch, via Dispatches from the Culture Wars comes a perfect example of “moral” hypocrisy. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have no doubt heard Rush “Hillbilly Heroin” Limbaugh’s disgusting attacks on Sandra Fluke for the horrible crime of expressing an opinion while being female. You may also have heard his oh so sincere notpology and the barely audible sound of the republican presidential candidates cowering in fear of Rush while meekly stating that they wouldn’t have used the word “slut.”
What haven’t we heard? I mean, every time the word “slut” is used in popular culture or the topic of internet posted sex tapes is brought up, you can bet your last dollar that the Wing-Nut Moral Police Force has their pearls pre-clutched and their knickers already twisted as they froth with rage and indignation. I must have just missed their condemnation of Rush in the avalanche of press coverage of the issue.
The Media Research Center criticized everyone from Perez Hilton and Gossip Girl to the cast of Jersey Shore for using the word “slut,” but after right-wing talk show host tagged law student and women’s rights advocate Sandra Fluke as a “slut” and a “prostitute,” the group that claims to stand up for “people and institutions that hold traditional values” has repeatedly come to Limbaugh’s defense. MRC’s Scott Whitlock said NBC’s depiction of Limbaugh’s sexist remarks as “ugly” represented “a left-wing attack” and Brent Baker dubbed coverage of Limbaugh’s rant a “left-wing effort to impugn and silence Rush Limbaugh.” The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer and Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber even tweeted in defense of Limbaugh, Barber even saying that Limbaugh “showed class.”
Apparently, the word “slut” is only acceptable when it is used by a right-wing ally.
Concerned Women for America, which describes itself as committed to promoting “decency” in the media, has been completely silent about Limbaugh’s tirade. But the group is happy to post a statement regarding the talk show host’s praise for CWA, along with claims about the supposedly sexist treatment of Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin by the media.
Focus on the Family considers the word “slut” a profanity and blamed “hip-hop/rap culture” for making it “become acceptable and even in vogue to be called a ‘slut,’” and urged people to stop buying music with words like “slut” that “objectify women.” But the organization still hasn’t commented on Limbaugh’s misogynist rants. In 2009 the group defended Limbaugh with a video, “When the liberals came for Rush.”
While these so-called “pro-family” organizations love to claim that they promote decency and values on the airwaves, they are either unwilling or uninterested in criticizing a prominent conservative who spent four days straight calling a student a “slut” on national radio
I’d say these people have lost all credibility, but they never had any to begin with. If you are taking notes at home, any use of the word “slut” is an attack on the moral fiber of America, unless it is a personal attack by a conservative directed at an evil liberal, in which case it is all good. Oh, and pornography is bad, unless said pornography is amateur sex tapes requested by conservative talk radio hosts, which apparently makes it moral porn.
If you are one of the unfortunate few who are currently playing the “Wing-Nut Hypocrisy Drinking Game,” I hope you have someone to call the ambulance, because you are now unconscious and suffering from alcohol poisoning. If you survive, please stop the game. It’s like playing the “Racism Drinking Game” while watching Two Broke Girls. Too risky.