Rush Limbaugh: Sleep Train Mattress Pulls Ads Over 'Slut' Remarks

Other companies rush to distance themselves from the right-wing provocateur's attack on a law student advocate of subsidized contraceptive pills.

| March 02, 2012
UPDATE

The Georgetown law student branded a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh may file a lawsuit against the conservative shock jock as he revs up his criticism against the woman who found herself at the center of the contraception coverage debate.

Limbaugh continued to rant on Friday that Sandra Fluke is a “prostitute” who is “having so much sex” she can’t pay for contraceptives as Fluke said she may consider legal action.

"I've certainly been told I might have a case," the third-year student told the Daily Beast. "But it's not something I've made any decisions about at this point."

ORIGINAL STORY

A mattress retailer Friday became the first company to pull advertising from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show as a result of remarks he made this week, calling a young law student a “prostitute” and a “slut” for advocating subsidized birth control, according to Politico.

Sleep Train Mattress Centers announced the decision on its Twitter account Friday, saying “[w]e don’t condone negative comments directed toward any group. In response, we are currently pulling our ads from Rush with Rush Limbaugh.”

The decision won plaudits from some Twitter users and users began circulating a hashtag #BoycottRush which appeared at one point at up to ten tweets per minute.

The student, Sandra Fluke, appeared on MSNBC, saying she was “outraged.”

While not announcing the withdrawal of ads, other companies sought to distance themselves from Limbaugh. Pro Flowers said on its Twitter feed:

We would like to assure you that we do not endorse the views expressed by Rush Limbaugh and we appreciate your feedback.

eHarmony announced that it had never bought ads on Limbaugh’s show but would look into whether its “network buys” could prevent its ads from running during his broadcast, according to Politico.

Meanwhile Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner called Limbaugh’s remarks insulting and Carly Fiorina, chair of the GOP senatorial committee, said they were “insulting,” according to Politico.

The news website said Congressional Democrats had seized on the remarks, insisting that Republicans denouce Rush and said President Obama had called the student, Sandra Fluke, to express support.

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Oh darn. Rush won't be silenced. It's not my responsibility, nor any other tax-paying citizen to pay for any woman's contraceptive.

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Posted by SC on 03/02/2012 at 3:06 PM

The crux of this issue is: Do we, as citizens, want to subsidize others sex lives even if they can afford to do so themselves?

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Posted by WAVEY on 03/02/2012 at 4:17 PM

YOU ARE NOT PAYING FOR ANYTHING - THIS IS HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR WHICH THERE IS A MONTHLY PREMIUM PAID!! EFFING STOP WITH THE RETORIC!!

Your tax money??? We aren’t talking about county roads here… so pick a more relevant slogan.

My health care policy includes diabetes, ED, blood pressure, prostate exams, vasectomies, chemo-therapy, ortho, heart disease, emphysema, acne, psychological disorder treatments and medications, etc., etc.; NONE OF WHICH I USE. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s not important to other policy holders’ well being and that I (not being their physicians) should have a say as to what kind of access they have to it.

This is a drug – and a very popular drug at that which is ALREADY being administered per 98% of the policies, it’s just being offered at a lower cost (which means less profit for insurance and drug companies) and THAT my friends is the real issue here.

Get a grip and start looking at the big picture - you walk amongst other human beings who have different needs than you.
This is a drug – and a very popular drug at that which is ALREADY being administered per 98% of the policies, it’s just being offered at a lower cost (which means less profit for insurance and drug companies) and THAT my friends is the real issue here.

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Posted by lrainey on 03/02/2012 at 4:54 PM

How is it possible that this fool still has people paying attention to what he says?

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Posted by Budd A Hetrick Jr. on 03/02/2012 at 5:10 PM

I have prostate exams and male vasectomies covered on my health insurance plan and I'm not bitching about it. I say if birth control is not covered, then male vasectomies should be axed as well to even out the field.

Let's not forget that Rush is no moral hero. He has abused prescriptions. I shouldn't have to pay for a drug addict to abuse pills like Rush.

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Posted by stfu on 03/02/2012 at 6:34 PM

"How is it possible that this fool still has people paying attention to what he says?"

It may not have ever occurred to you, Budd, but not everyone thinks like you. In fact, there are those of us that are as firm in our convictions as you are in yours, even though we're polar opposites. As shocking as this may be, not everyone thinks like you. Sorry to burst your bubble.

So go ahead and call us idiots, and we'll do likewise.

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Posted by Sheesh... on 03/02/2012 at 8:34 PM

multiple sex partners makes babies with out fathers....birth control encourages primal animal like behavior...Were supposed to be superior beings compared to the animals.....and birth control fails..thats how I go my son..I was married...Everyone should take care of himself...This socialism is destroying America...Liberalism is destroying America...Its wrong to murder..so abortion should be illegal...If you plant corn..you get corn...If you have sex..you make a person...just because its small..doesn't make it any different that the rest of us who had mothers who didn't seek to destory us...Be responsible..make good decisions..Actin like animals in heat is disgusting..Wheres the love? No love in sex...no love of children...IN THE END TIMES..THE LOVE OF MOST WOULD GROW COLD...Wow..that was prophesied a long time ago..and it is what we are beginning to see now that the family unit is being destroyed....on purpose I might add, in order to destory this nation...Its an old trick..and it still works...

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Posted by American Mom on 03/02/2012 at 8:55 PM

If a man does not work...he shall not eat.....Its not my job to take care of you..I have kids of my own...WHen I was young..there was no healthcare...Doctor visits were reasonable...most people were never sick...Americans have been made sick on purpose by psychopaths who have been poisoning us for years..in order to make big profits on medicine..and insurance ..Doctors today..are basically drug pushers....Insurance is a scam...designed to make money off the people the psychopaths have infected with cancer for years now..Check out the many lawsuits earlier in the century against the vaccine companies..Learn what SV-40 is..(VIDEOS Vaccine Induced Disease Epidemic Outbreaks. Dr. True Ott..)...then the gov. made laws against the American people so we can no longer sue those vaccine corporations...Making us their human Ginnie pigs...Conspiracy? or just a little coincidence...Gimme a break..We need to get back to basics..like it used to be...I dont like socialism..I dont want to pay for you..Im doing good just to take care of myself.and my own family...Fix the gov..RE-INSTATE THE CONSTITUTION..and we will all be alot better off..VOTE FOR RON PAUL!!!. FREEDOM...THATS WHAT WE NEED..JUST SOME FREEDOM FROM ALL THIS MONEYGRUBBING CRAP WE SEE TODAY..Drugs are big money..

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Posted by American Mom on 03/02/2012 at 9:07 PM

If insurance wants to cover rubbers, butt plugs, whatever - that's their business. NOT the Govs business to mandate that the insurance companies cover it. Do you really want the Gov to tell companies what do do, how much to make, where to do it, who can do it? Do you see the freedoms you can lose? Can you see where this could lead?

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Posted by Wavey on 03/02/2012 at 10:04 PM

And where is Michelle Bachman, who demanded an apology from Jimmy Fallon when he played a song she found insulting? Where is Sarah Palin, who demanded David Letterman apologize for a joke about her daughter? Where are they? Do they approve of Limbaugh? Their silence seems to imply they do. Perhaps this is something Republican women believe is normal. But I do not know why any woman would approve of this, regardless of her religion or political loyalty.

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Posted by Mark Middleton on 03/03/2012 at 2:54 PM

The debate is about requiring the health insurance coverage offered by EMPLOYERS to cover birth control. It has NOTHING to do with tax-payer money. That's only the spin by the right wing so their ditto-heads will attack it. ZERO tax dollars involved. Honestly, the right wing can get their followers to believe anything.

If we are going to remove birth control from health insurance on the private market because one can choose to have sex, then we also need to remove any drugs or treatment related to sex for men, so Viagra must go. We also need to remove diabetes medications because type II diabetes is most often linked to obesity. In fact, if you're fat then kiss any coverage for heart attacks or knee replacements good bye. Being overweight is certainly a lifestyle choice, and many of us are strongly opposed to paying for preventable diseases. Then knock off all lung cancer and emphysema drugs because they are most often caused by smoking, and THAT is certainly a lifestyle choice. Then if you end up in a coma because you exercised your Idaho right to ride a motorcycle without a helmet and get in a crash, you and your family should pick up the entire tab for any trauma to your head because THAT was surely a choice. If we're going to start making moral judgements about what we should or should not cover, then I'll bet Rush Limbaugh's employers would be first in line to strip him of insurance for being a fat, drug-swilling slug.

Sure, not all diabetes is caused by obesity, but birth control pills are not only used for birth control, and if that isn't being considered, then why should we look that closer at any other issues? And since when did the evangelical religious zealots decide that it's wrong for married people to get to decide when or how many kids to have? Don't tell me they've all decided the Catholics were right after all. Or is it only when it's a chance to disagree with that pesky black man that got himself elected president?

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Posted by Last Moderate in Idaho on 03/03/2012 at 9:18 PM

This issue is not even about us collectively paying for women's contraception...it's about a rule that would allow a religious employer to pick and choose which benefits to allow their workers to have. These are EARNED benefits, company provided insurance policies, not welfare benefits. WE are not paying for her contraception, she is.

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Posted by Mark Middleton on 03/04/2012 at 8:32 AM

The RepubliClown silence on this matter is deafening. They're all waiting patiently for a spine donor. A few spoke out AFTER Rush's "apology" ... a bunch of pụṣsies, frightened of their master.

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Posted by Mark Middleton on 03/05/2012 at 2:46 PM

Wow. Now SleepTrain wants to come back to Rush. He told them NO. If Sleeptrain hired ms fluke to demonstrate their product she would have the money to buy her own birth control pills and not be trying to pick my pocket.

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Posted by Richard Douglas on 03/11/2012 at 10:34 AM
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