Rush Limbaugh Dead at 70- Reactions Divided


On February 17th, 2021, Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh died at age 70. The responses to his death have varied quite a bit. Some call him a legend in his field and call the world to honor him as such. Others say he shouldn’t be given such praise, due to his many comments about minorities, women, and his many controversial statements in general. 

     It is without a doubt that Limbaugh was an important figure in his field and had a large amount of influence and importance in conservative politics. He was long considered one of the pioneering and most important voices in conservative media. However, I feel that does not alone call for the praise he is receiving. Nor do I think that his death should be celebrated. Although, it is fairly understandable how many would have feelings of hostility towards Limbaugh as he is far from lacking in the controversial statements department. Some of his most well known quotes being “ Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society”. Calling a Georgetown University law student a slut and a prostitute after she advocated for medical insurance to cover birth control. Saying “ Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the bloods and crips without any weapons. There I said it”. While taking a call from a black woman on his show he said to her “ Take that bone out of your nose and call me back”. Mocked Chinese President Hu Jintaro in 2011 by “translating” his speech as “Ching cha. Ching chang cho chow. Ching Cho. Chi ba ba ba- etc.” Said that “Women should not be allowed on the jury when the accused is a stud”. Has been quoted saying “When a gay person turns his back on you, it’s anything but an insult, it’s an invitation”. He also made several racially fueled digs and jokes about Barack Obama both before and during his presidency. These are just some of the things that have gained Limbaugh the amount of people who quite literally celebrated his recent death. 

     I would definitely say that Limbaugh is not a figure deserving of all this praise after his death. Governor DeSantis’ order to lower flags to half staff for Limbaugh has faced some backlash, which I both understand and agree with. Rush Limbaugh was not a national hero, he was an influential talk show host who didn’t seem to think much before he spoke. All the previous quotes from him are just some of the dead set, confirmed and recorded ones, he has been quoted by many to have said far worse things. Someone with this track record should not be honored as such a hero. Many of his fans and the people praising him seem to think that just because a person acknowledges that they are offending people and that they do not care, that it makes everything they do okay. His plethora of ignorant and just embarrassing statements really shouldn’t just be so blatantly ignored. For some reason, when a person dies, people seem to really love to voice their opinion on said person. More often than not it is even more favorable and enhanced than it was when they were alive. Still, on the opposite end of the spectrum, I still do not think his death should be celebrated and called a blessing. In consideration for his family.