Peter Gabriel Withdraws Music From Rush Limbaugh Show Following Sandra Fluke Controversy
Advertisers aren’t the only ones pulling their products from The Rush Limbaugh Radio Show.
In the wake of host Rush Limbaugh’s attack on Georgetown student and birth control advocate Sandra Fluke, musician Peter Gabriel has moved to have his music withdrawn from the controversial program. After learning that his song “Sledgehammer” was played during Limbaugh’s rant, in which he called Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute,” a spokesperson for Gabriel released the following statement:
"Peter was appalled to learn that his music was linked to Rush Limbaugh's extraordinary attack on Sandra Fluke. It is obvious from anyone that knows Peter's work that he would never approve such a use. He has asked his representatives to make sure his music is withdrawn and especially from these unfair aggressive and ignorant comments."
The move comes following a mass exodus of sponsors for the program, including ProFlowers, Legal Zoom, Citrix Systems, Tax Resolutions, Sleep Train, Sleep Number, Quicken Loans and the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball teams.
The conservative firebrand sparked outrage when he said that Fluke, a college student who was denied the right to speak at a contraception hearing, was "having so much sex she can't pay for it" and that women who want insurance plans to cover their birth control should post videos of themselves having sex online.
Limbaugh issued an apology following the attack, in which he states: "For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke."