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Thu Jul 18, 2013, 08:04 AM

Limbaugh finally says N word on air

Friend --

This week, Rush Limbaugh claimed that it’s OK for him to say “‘nigga’ with an ‘A’ on the end,” because “it’s not racist” when Travyon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel uses it. [1]

In an interview today, Jeantel responded to Limbaugh, noting that it’s “disrespectful” and “racist for an adult” to say it. [2]

It’s no surprise that Limbaugh gleefully seized what he saw as an opportunity to say the slur on air. For years, he has used racially-charged rhetoric and other dog whistle tactics to attack minorities on his radio show.

After a career of tiptoeing to the edge, Limbaugh thought he could finally use this slur with impunity. When a caller followed his example and also said the word “nigga” on air, Limbaugh didn’t advise against it or inquire as to why he’d want to use it in the first place. Instead, he merely warned the caller “not to try it on the street.”

Watch Limbaugh tiptoe his way to the n-word:

We’d advise Limbaugh not to try it with his remaining advertisers, either—his reckless slurs have already gotten him into trouble. Last year, after Limbaugh smeared Sandra Fluke as a “slut” and a “prostitute” for advocating that health insurance cover contraception, an effort emerged to educate his advertisers about the content they sponsor.

It’s working—Limbaugh’s advertising sales are way down, and his distribution deal with one major radio station operator, Cumulus Media, may collapse at the end of the year. [3]

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[1] Limbaugh: After Jeantel's Interview, "I Can Now" Say "'Nigga' With An A" Because "It's Not Racist" http://mm4a.org/13gGfXg

[2] Rachel Jeantel Responds To Limbaugh's Use Of The N-Word http://mm4a.org/11WS6eM

[3] On Limbaugh's Advertiser Losses, Cumulus CEO says: "The Facts Are Indisputable" http://mm4a.org/12aWZ0q

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Response to alsame (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 08:21 AM

1. ....

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Response to alsame (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 08:28 AM

2. Why do I think of this Chevy Chase Richard Pryor skit from SNL?

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Response to alsame (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 08:30 AM

3. I guess he sees his ship is already sinking, so he's

decided to go ahead and abandon it. He doesn't want to admit that he'd already lost advertisers and was about to get cancelled, so this will give him something to blame it on. I think this is finally going to finish him off.

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Response to alsame (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 09:20 AM

4. I Think Limbaugh Needs To Be "Paula Deened"......nt

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Response to alsame (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 09:52 AM

5. I don't mind when the cafeteria cashier gal calls me "honey"

I'd certainly mind it if my boss or that misogynist bastard Limbaugh called me "honey".......make no mistake, these folk know the difference, they just like the idea they can say the N word with a perceived impunity

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Response to Skittles (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 10:03 AM

6. Some white people are just bursting to say the n-word - like a child repeating a dirty word.

Was it Richard Pryor who did the "nigga nigga nigga nigga nigga nigga" routine?

It's something they seem to need to get out of their systems. Like passing gas.

F*ck Limpballs.

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Response to chimpymustgo (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 10:05 AM

7. I think between the two of us we have nailed it, chimpymust go

these racists do not fool us one bit

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Response to alsame (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 10:08 AM

8. the problem with the 'we can use the word, but you cant' rule

 

is that by using continuously a group is demonstrating that the word cant really be that hurtfull, or they wouldnt want to hear it at all

i'm not commenting on a particular word or group, i'm stating a general principal

if you want a word to go away, quit using it

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Response to markiv (Reply #8)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 10:17 AM

9. I know a lot of black people who don't use it.

Most of them, in fact. They think it's trashy, very similar to how white people view others who use it.

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #9)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 10:22 AM

10. exactly nt

 

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Response to alsame (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 10:27 AM

11. Republican Draft Dodgers like Limbaugh think they have a deferment from decency

Republican Draft Dodgers -- whether they use anal pimples for excuses like Limbaugh, or poop-gushing man-panties like Ted Nugent -- often say disgusting things.

But why oh why, Americans must wonder, do Republicans and TeaBaggers worship these draft-dodging Republican ass clowns?

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