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article imageOp-Ed: Musicians hate Rush Limbaugh

By Layne Weiss     Mar 9, 2012 in Entertainment
So, Rush Limbaugh and I have a pretty important quality in common; we stay true to who we are, and for that, I kinda admire him. I mean he says the things his fans are too afraid to say. Yes, it's true. The guy has fans.
The major difference between Rush and me, besides the fact that we sit on complete opposite sides of the spectrum, probably two entirely different spectra, is that I don't go out of my way to insult people on matters I know NOTHING about, and I own what I say. I don't hide behind hip-hop lyrics, movies, pro-wrestling or whatever else.
The statements Mr. Limbaugh made about Sandra Fluke are just too ridiculous to mention. He lives to make people angry, so I don't want to fuel his ego. Plus, he made that heartfelt apology, right? Sure. It was so heartfelt in fact, that he almost immediately turned around to blame Hip-Hop music for everything he said. First, he apologized ONLY because he was losing sponsors. Then, he used Hip-Hop music as a scapegoat.
"Talk about a double standard," Limbaugh said." Rappers can say anything they want about women. It's called art. And they win awards."
I've always considered myself a bit of a Hip-Hop music aficionado, but I must have missed that rap song where a woman is called vulgar names for expressing the belief that birth control is essential, and should be covered by her college's health plan. If Rush Limbaugh wants to blame Hip-Hop, he should do what Chicago rapper Rhymefest suggests, and become a rapper. He wouldn't have to worry about creativity and originality. That's for sure.
Yes, some rap lyrics are completely inappropriate, but as Rhymefest noted, "rappers are speaking to a specific audience, and as a political person he (Rush Limbaugh) is speaking to a specific audience. But with his audience, it's not appropriate to call someone a sl**."
Yes, you could argue that it's never really appropriate to use such language, but rappers aren't specifically targeting and insulting women for their beliefs. Their lyrics are clever and sometimes humorous. Rush's words were mean and hurtful. And worst of all, personal. Plus, there are plenty of rap songs that speak beautifully of women. I have never heard Rush Limbaugh say anything remotely respectful about any female, except for Sarah Palin. Okay, I'm sure there are other examples. Then again, I don't know why I feel the need to be fair.
Mr. Limbaugh, I know you could care less about what Rhymefest said. He's just a rapper, right? Actually, he ran (but lost) for Chicago city alderman last year, but that's a different story. And I'm sure you laughed when Tom Morello of Rage Against Machine called on to you to stop using their music on "your racist, misogynist, right-wing clown show." Peter Gabriel, Rush, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds have also made similar requests, but since it's unlikely that any of these musicians can legally stop you from using their music, you'll probably continue using it to just to spite them.
If you want to hide behind Hip-Hop for your asinine comments, so be it. I'm sure rappers are surprised and maybe even a bit honored to know they have such a profound impact on you. Truth be told, I've always admired you for saying what you believe and owning what you say. Rappers, Mr. Limbaugh, don't target and insult women for their beliefs, and they don't find scapegoats to hide behind their lyrics.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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