Rush Limbaugh on MN's "Asian carp" ban: "Political correctness is just going nuts"

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The Minnesota Senate recently approved legislation to remove the term "Asian carp" from statute. As we reported in March, the effort, spearheaded by Sen. John Hoffman (D-Champlin), is a response to concerns that "Asian carp" paints Asian people in a negative light.

But during his radio show yesterday, Rush Limbaugh expressed a very different type of worry -- one about how sensitive our public discourse has become (though expressed a bit more gruffly than that).

See also:
Bill banning "Asian carp" advances; Asian leaders say term is offensive


Here's a partial transcript of what Limbaugh had to say about the topic (read the whole thing here):
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This fella is invasive, not Asian, the author of the Senate's "Asian carp" ban says.
Political correctness is just going nuts, going crazy...

"While arguing his case on the Senate floor, Hoffman said that referring to the fish as 'Asian' was hurtful to some people... " So they're gonna change the name of the Asian carp to the "invasive carp" because it offended some people. I don't even know. What is "invasive carp"? Isn't that gonna be an insult to illegal aliens, once they hear about it? We've gone from Asian carp to invasive carp.

Who was offended? I'll betcha nobody was. Nobody even knew. This guy is just trying to be politically correct and score some points. Somebody needs to stand up when this kind of stuff happens and say, "Stop! No! Go to hell! We're not gonna mess with this." But nobody does. This political correctness just continues to spread. It's like a disease. It's like an incurable disease. It just spreading and it's irrational.
Limbaugh was wrong in saying nobody is offended by "Asian carp," however. For instance, during testimony at committee hearing in March, Sia Her, executive director of the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, said, "The response to this species has been and we believe will continue to be overwhelmingly negative, and thus we feel reflects very negatively on our community of Asian Americans."

Her's sentiment was echoed by Jean Lee, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of Children's Hope International. Using the term in statute and state-produced materials is tantamount to "using government agencies to promote racist and government attacks on people as a race," Lee said.

Lee said she recently saw a Minnesota Department of Agriculture-produced poster at the airport that exemplified her concerns. "It said 'Wanted, Dead or Alive' -- in big letters it said 'Asian,' [and] in small letters it said 'carp,'" Lee said. "The message was very clear."

The Senate measure, which would change "Asian carp" to "invasive carp," awaits action in the House.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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icipher4
icipher4

Rush is absolutely right.  And for the record, a WHOLE lot of invasive infectious stuff comes out of China and Africa.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

You should read the article before you flap your gums. But if you had enough sense to do that I guess you wouldn't be the razing wing it that you are.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Rush is a drug addict that caters to the paranoid.  But these carp are actually from Asia. I don't find that offensive. Personally. How about we stop calling black people African Americans? 

Brady Ramaker
Brady Ramaker

The term "political correctness" is invariably used by people dismissing or minimizing when they get called out on being assholes.

Rebecca Groves
Rebecca Groves

I gotta dust the China cabinet, I mean the cabinet that holds my China. I mean the cabinet that holds my porcelain dinnerware.

jake54758
jake54758

Why was nobody butt hurt over Asian beetles???

jake54758
jake54758

So sick of this kind of crap... while we are at it let change BET cause that could offend an African american.. or change more sport team names and not the Indian named teams, the ones pointed at other ancestery like the vikings, celtics, kings, or religious names devils... people grow up its a name of something stop taking everything so personal.

Tim T Praxaya
Tim T Praxaya

The reason shit comes from China is because of greedy Americans that own corporations, they sacrifice the well being of their own people to satisfy all the mindless hypocrites that they turned into. America!

Rick Miller
Rick Miller

Well a whole bunch of crap comes from China Just glad those huge hornets aren't here-yet

Rick Miller
Rick Miller

Political Correctness can get a bit overboard at times. Renaming Asian carp as Invasive carp? Give me a god damn break

Natalie Goodwill
Natalie Goodwill

I can't say whether we've gone too far or not. But, I feel like we must be doing something right if this piece of shit disagrees with us.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

When are these minorities going to get it: they should only be offended by things that we the white majority tell them they should be offended by! Who do they think they are, Real people or something?

Benjamin Brekke
Benjamin Brekke

If some idiot blames all Asian Americans for Asian carp being in the US, the problem is that idiot not what we call the fish. I don't think it matters much either way, but it is a bit absurd.

Jo Opheim
Jo Opheim

Rush is an expert on incurable diseases, you know...

Banksy
Banksy

My grandpa still calls them Oriental Carp

Tim T Praxaya
Tim T Praxaya

I get blamed for it, as if my people brought that stupid fish here. It was introduce to native waters by a stupid hillbilly catfish farmer down south. But Asians get the backlash for it because the majority here in society are petty uneducated judgmental monkeys. That's why it's an issue.

Bradley America
Bradley America

Oh oh oh and then Limbaugh was all "I'm busy with my radio program go ask someone else"

Todd Blowers
Todd Blowers

Even an idiot like Rush says something Ok once in a while.

Jay Campbell
Jay Campbell

Wait till they hear about my oriental carpet

Erik Unstad
Erik Unstad

I don't agree with Rush Limbaugh on much...but I absolutely agree with him on this topic. Its just getting to be too ridiculous

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

No, not always. You are stereotyping while complaining about stereotypes. 

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

You realize that China is a legitimate name for porcelain dinnerware, right?

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@jake54758  No one was hurt. But we call them emerald ash beetles now and everyone is cool - except moron Republican'ts.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@jake54758  Let's rename it the white asshole carp and see how fast you get offended.

hootie22
hootie22

Annnnnndd here comes the weird...

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Rob, take a listen to the program.  Rush is right.    You will find yourself agreeing with him.  Give it a chance.  

hootie22
hootie22

Why is he a piece of shit?

NewShowOnBET
NewShowOnBET

@henk.tobias0  No shit. Just like how liberal progressives keep on forcing their beliefs onto other people, and those who do not bow down to them are labeled racists and bigots? How dare!

hootie22
hootie22

@henk.tobias0 Minorities weren't offended. A few white liberal legislators were offended because, well, everything offends them, so they decided to change the name of a fish and become a national laughingstock. As always, liberals are focusing on the most important issues of the day.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

So it was you!! I knew it. Lets round up all Asians and put them into camps! 

Seriously, if that's your mindset you're going to be permanently offended for the rest of your life.

hootie22
hootie22

Not one Asian received any backlash. It's absurd.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Oh Todd.  Tune into the program.    You'll see how right he is 98.5% of the time.  You will either like him more, or hate him more for agreeing with him 98.5% of the time.  

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

I wanted to call them Unstad Carp but they told me it sounded too stupid.

niboosmik
niboosmik


Lot of experience being Asian, huh?

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

@MNjoe @jake54758  Democrats aren't morons? I would spend some time researching. You are the problem you pretend to fight against. And no, I am not a republican. 

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@MNjoe @jake54758Wow, all the butt hurt. It wasn't called Asian Asshole Carp.  But if you want to rename it White Carp, or European Carp for some reason sure go ahead. The only reason it was named Asian carp is thats where they came from dumbass.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

You prolly hate him so much because of the agreeing that you are already doing.  

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

Yup! Just remember: just because it's a Liberal calling you racist, it doesn't mean that you aren't one.

NewShowOnBET
NewShowOnBET

@MNjoe  You should really get into stand-up comedy. That was just............hilarious.

castironphil
castironphil

@nathan.fantauzza  So, if an American species of bass invades China, and they start calling them 'American Bass', you're going to be offended? 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@kurt124 @CinBlueland @MNjoe @jake54758  Personally, I don't care what they call the fish - I just love how this gets all you right-wing trolls excited and blubbering. You morons are a constant source of amusement to me.   Benghaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

@castironphil @nathan.fantauzza Actually American could be any country from Canada to Chile. Most South Americans are offended that North Americans think they are the ONLY Americans. 

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