On Monday, Rush Limbaugh dusted off the controversy over his infamous, disgusting Sinophobic attack on former Chinese premiere Hu Jintao.
You can hear Limbaugh's 2011 racist rant below:
"Jintao was just going...
(switches to a mockery of Chinese language for twenty seconds)
Speaking and speaking, no translator. (Mimicks Chinese-accented English) "We want to work together, two countries of the world. China is developing country, America is developed country, but not for long!" Because when I hear Chinese or Japanese it sounds like all the same word. And I can't comprehend of anybody understanding it. But he's sitting there
(back to mockery of Chinese)
Limbaugh was roundly condemned for the childish outburst.
"Today, Rush Limbaugh reached a new low as he mocked the Chinese language and culture. His classless act is an insult to over 3,000 years of cultural history and is a slap in the face to the millions of Chinese Americans who have struggled in this country and to a people who constitute one-quarter of the world’s population. His comments belittle the contributions of the Chinese community and are sadly indicative of the bigotry that has often plagued his commentary and lined his pockets. Mr. Limbaugh owes the Chinese community an apology for this pointless and ugly offense."
For standing up against racism in this manner, Yee received this death threat by fax:
And who is it that inspired this anonymous racist to make what we have to assume is a credible threat? Oh, that's right, he was clearly identified in the fax.
Limbaugh doubled down on his "hilarious" impersonation of the Chinese leader and ridiculed the council's effort to take a principled stand against on-air racism:
RUSH: It was the Honolulu City Council. They passed a resolution denouncing me and my advertisers because the ChiCom premier came over, did a press conference, and I did an impersonation of what he was saying, and they thought that I was mocking the communist leader of China and mocking the Chinese language by impersonating him. So they passed a resolution in Honolulu. (interruption) I know it was funny! Nobody can laugh about anything anymore. Everybody's so wound tight.
It was hilarious!
They passed a resolution banning me -- well, not "banning" me, but denouncing me. I was scheduled to be there sometime later like a couple months later, and I actually thought about going and turning myself in to the Honolulu City Council to see what would happen. They probably... Who knows what they would have done. You know, it was just like Kim Jong-il when he was promising to do whatever he was promising to do. We'd imitate Gorbachev, too. But they didn't like it 'cause they thought I was mocking the Chinese leader, and the Chinese language.
Limbaugh has apparently forgotten that he owes Hawaii his life for nursing him back to health after one too many pineapple juice and OxyContin martinis left him gasping like a walrus on a Hawaiian beach in the throes of a heart attack in 2009.
Perhaps El Rushbo's smoldering resentment stems from being dropped like a bad habit by a Hilo, HI station in the wake of his 2012 mean spirited attack on Sandra Fluke.
What is not up for dispute is the fact that Rush Limbaugh continues to be a major contributor to backwards racist/xenophobic attitudes and even violent tendencies among the fringe right wing of our nation--attitudes which should have been erased a long time ago but cannot be as long as Rush Limbaugh enjoys a 600-station pulpit on our public radio waves.
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