Select Comfort pulls ads from Limbaugh program after Rush calls pro-contraception woman a "slut" [VIDEO]

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Select Comfort is one of seven companies to distance itself from Rush following his controversial remarks last week.
Plymouth-based Select Comfort decided to pull its ads from the Rush Limbaugh program following the conservative shock jock's controversial comments regarding Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student who testified before Congress in support of the Obama administration's requirement that health insurance plans cover contraceptives for women.

The company, which makes Sleep Number beds, posted on its Facebook page that "Due to recent commentary by Rush Limbaugh that does not align with our values, we've made the decision to immediately suspend all advertising on that program."

Reaction to the announcement was mixed, with some going as far as saying they'll never buy another Select Comfort product because of the company's decision to cut ties with Rush.

During her testimony, Fluke said some of her female colleagues spend up to $3,000 a year for various forms of birth control, which aren't covered in the health care plans offered by the school to students (video of Fluke's testimony is below).

In response to Fluke's testimony, Limbaugh offered up the following rant during his program last Wednesday(full video is below):
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Fluke made a case before Congress that schools like Georgetown should be forced to offer contraception.
What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We're the pimps.
On Saturday, Rush posted an apology for his remarks on his website, writing that he "did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke" and regrets "the insulting word choices." But his apology hasn't quelled the backlash against his show. As of yesterday, seven companies, including Select Comfort, have discontinued advertising during Rush's show in response to his comments.

Here's a screengrab suggestive of how the Facebook-sphere is responding to Select Comfort's announcement:
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Most of the nearly 1,000 comments left on Select Comfort's announcement lambaste the company, yet at the same time nearly 900 people "like" the decision. These truly are polarized times, no?

Without further ado, here's video of Fluke's testimony:And here's video of Rush calling her a "slut" and "prostitute" because she believes her school-provided health insurance should cover contraception:

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Research
Research

Wow.  Those FB comments remind me of children arguing.  If you don't agree with my friend then I hate you.  Speaking of sex, this victoria secrets ad on the right has me leaving work early. PEACE!

Mn Worker
Mn Worker

Sorry, I'm just having a bad day. Excuse my posts.

Mn Worker
Mn Worker

obama has given us $5 gas, 15,000,000 fewer workers than when he took office, higher milk prices, bread is up and attacks against the catholic church.

I will not even mention the mattress company who is progressive liberal and anti american. Fck them. All of you liberals better go support them because they've lost a hell of a lot of customers by dropping Rush for this stupid L_fukel $lut

Why did she go to the Catholic University but to attack the Catholic Church. She better watch where she goes because the lighting might get her.

HotLunch
HotLunch

Limbaugh = fat dolt. 

Limbaugh followers = fat dolts who don't think for themselves.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Is there no Planned Parenthood near George Town.  I thought PP and other institutions provided this stuff for free.Sandra, you are a political prop with a bogus claim of financial strife.   Drop out NOW.  Save yourself some money.  Your research abilities are poor and most likely will reflect your research talents as a future lawyer.  Did you not know George Town's healthcare plan didn't cover contraception?  Again, poor research abilities...

And the Select Comfort Face Book  capture does a great job of demonstrating the intolerance of the liberal.   So tolerant of opposing views.  The Jeff Childers comment is priceless, and demonstrates some peoples inability to smell their own sh*h from their knees.  "due to your decision not to support free speech"...   But it's OK when I do it, says Jeff. 

But hey, all this is a perfect example of why a "free market" economy is great.  It works and people have freedom of "choice".

Formerly Michelle Bachmann
Formerly Michelle Bachmann

Since I can't beat people in debates, i'll just steal their handles and attempt to make them look bad. Why do I hate myself so?

guest
guest

There's actually no excuse for what you just said. The Catholic church is being incredibly sexist for it's stance against birth control. You are aware that women take birth control for more reasons then just having sex right? That birth control can help with many female health problems? Educate yourself before you type. 

Zach
Zach

 I think you mean the free market and Wall Street speculation has given us $4 gas. 

And what is your solution?

Is what you are saying is you want a policy that puts a price ceiling on these goods? Sounds like regulation to me. Sounds like Socialism to me.  Please apply logic before espousing rhetoric. 

Joe
Joe

 Soo... "laissez faire" economics until you want to decide where to put your advertising dollars, huh?

Did it ever occur to you that they don't give a shit what he said?  Only that as a direct result there will be fewer listeners which directly impacts the effectiveness of their advertisement?  It's BUSINESS you fucking retards.

Jesus Christ!  And you call liberals the emotional ones..

Seed
Seed

 Well oh noes Kirk, you didn't do your research either. In Fluke's testimony she responded to the criticism of what she was to expect when going to a Catholic college by saying that she should not have to choose between a quality education and her health concerns. Now by your logic all your credibility is irreparably damaged for the rest of time, so you will have to stop commenting since nobody could possibly take you seriously again ever.

tired of trolls
tired of trolls

can anyone out kirk? i'm sure his employer would like to know how many hours a day kirk spends trolling instead of working.

Amy Klobuchar
Amy Klobuchar

I no longer can represent President Obama as a good leader. As a typical male pig he has destroyed our economy, attacked the Catholic Church in violation of the constitution, has not closed Gitmo, has not ended the war deaths, has not replaced the 15,000,000 jobs that were there when he took office.

Of course, as promised, President Obama has given us $5 gas. Please remember him when you fill up your tank.

Mn Worker
Mn Worker

Obama exempts the Muslim church but attacks the Catholic Church. Freedom of Religion trumps but heck when our next President closes EPA, EDUCATION, HHS, TSA we will not need to worry anymore. of course the IRS will be used to audit all non-profits like media-matters, planned parenthood and backers of Obama. Just like the Tea Party is being attacked today by Obama. Pay backs are a mother.

For that matter the next president will sign executive order outlawing abortion. Why not, Obama has laid the path of dictatorial rule of presidency.  If the president can give it then the president can take it away.

Mn Worker
Mn Worker

Open government lands which Obama controls. Those are down 11% from last year. Open the pipeline (keystone). Drill in Anwar. Since 1974 when Biden voted against the alaska pipeline, the democrats have been anti-Oil. They say it will not be enough in next three years. Well Biden and the democrats have choked off our oil for 30 years.

Oh, I might go buy a volt but they stopped making them. How about Solyndra...croony capitalism. Killing America Citizens without due process? Now you pin heads will think we need to go to war with Syria and Iran. My how our weak liberal minds change just because a fool is in the white house (Obama).

Mn Worker
Mn Worker

Sorry I forgot the president doesn't control gas prices. This is a lot of stuff to remember!

Mn Worker
Mn Worker

She should go to the Muslem college but Obama has exempted them. mmmmm?Maybe the catholic men need to riot, through gasoline bombs and cause general panic. That is what Obama wants so that he can declare martial law. He is dangerous and the worst president ever! I wish ole Jimmy Carter was back in office. At least he was an american.

After my 99 weeks of unemployment ran out, I'm still looking for a job. Anyone know where I can get one.

Mn Worker
Mn Worker

Typical liberal, hate the message then attack and destroy the messinger! What a bigot.

HotLunch
HotLunch

He would need to be employed for that to happen. Let him troll!

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

How can you be so intolerant?  (English please)Damn poop on a tray, don't give the DMV any ideas... 

Seed
Seed

Obviously you could benefit from some more research too.

HotLunch
HotLunch

Learn how to communicate in proper English and get back to me.

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