One of the most disturbing consequences of Rush Limbaugh's sexist assault on activist Sandra Fluke (as well as the millions of women who use birth control) is how much misogyny is now flying unchecked around on the Internet -- and it's not just coming from the right. Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore got in on the disgusting "slut" and "prostitute" chatter this weekend when he tweeted the following:
Rush – As soon as u started losing the big $$ from your hate speech, you caved & obeyed the men who pay u. Who’s the prostitute now, bitch?
Unfortunately, Moore is about to learn the hard way that when you try to fight sexism with a whole lot more sexism, your message gets a little lost.
Is it possible to be critical of Moore without defending Limbaugh? Good, because that's what I'm going to attempt to do. Limbaugh's statements against women were cruel and vile; hopefully even more advertisers will drop him, and he'll be finished for good. But slamming prostitutes for having to "obey men" the way Moore does in his tweet is just as sexist as Limbaugh's slut comment. Looks like he was trying a little too hard to be witty and failed.
And that's not Moore's worst offense. He also insults Limbaugh by calling him a "bitch" -- but that term is typically reserved for females unless you are mocking a male for being like a female. EWWWWW! I do not share a gender with that vile radio host, and shame on Moore for even joking about it.
I've got to believe that Moore intended to come out on the side of women, but unfortunately he ended up putting more hate and hostility toward them out there on the Internet -- which is how we got into this mess in the first place. Maybe we can't agree about whether birth control should be covered by insurance, but can we decide together to put a stop to all the sexist talk running wild?
Do you think Michael Moore's tweet was offensive to women?
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