AOL has just become one of several companies to suspend their advertising schedule on Rush Limbaugh's radio talk show. The company said in a Facebook announcement that Limbaugh's "comments are not in line with our values."
Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has received tremendous blowback for his incendiary remarks towards a Georgetown University student. The controversial media figure called the girl a “slut” and a “prostitute” for supporting a requirement that health insurance covers contraception.
The backlash has led to activists encouraging companies that advertise on Limbaugh’s show to immediately cease. After a few days, AOL has made the decision to suspend its advertising, according to the company’s Facebook announcement.
“At AOL one of our core values is that we act with integrity. We have monitored the unfolding events and have determined that Mr. Limbaugh’s comments are not in line with our values,” the statement read. “As a result we have made the decision to suspend advertising on The Rush Limbaugh Radio show.”
AOL has received both accolades and criticism from commenters regarding the company’s decision.
“There's something called freedom of speech if you [don’t] like what he has to say [don’t] listen to him,” wrote one Facebook user.
“Only way I could like this anymore is if it said cancel instead of suspend. Thank you for doing the right thing,” wrote another.
Seven companies have already cancelled ad schedules with Limbaugh to not receive negative publicity and association. These companies are Pro Flowers, Quicken Loans, Sleep Train, Sleep Number, Citrix Systems Inc., Carbonite and Legal Zoom.
According to protest pages, the companies that are still advertising on Limbaugh’s show are the American Forces Network, Tax Resolution Services, Lifelock, Hillsdale College, Health/Heart and Body, Lear Capital and Allstate.
Digital Journal reported Sunday that Limbaugh issued an apology to the Georgetown student in which he said he used the wrong choice of words in an attempt to be humorous. “I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices."
Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio, which keeps Limbaugh on contract until the year 2016, has stated that it will stand by him, according to a report from the Associated Press.
“The contraception debate is one that sparks strong emotion and opinions on both sides of the issue,” said the network in a statement. “We respect the right of Mr. Limbaugh, as well as the rights of those who disagree with him, to express those opinions."