In the wake of voicing my support for the Rush Limbaugh Show and my decision to advertise on his show, many outraged citizens and members of SeekingArrangement.com have contacted me to express their disapproval. Although I sympathize with many of the individuals who contacted me, and especially with Sandra Fluke, whom Rush had offended, I stand by my decision in wanting to advertise on his show. Here’s why:
I do not agree with the words Rush used to describe Sandra Fluke, or the connotation they held, but I definitely do not support the calls of boycott and the resulting exodus of advertisers on the grounds of Rush exercising his freedom of speech.
One of the greatest aspects of being American citizens is the freedoms that are bestowed on each of us. By calling on advertisers to boycott the Rush Limbaugh show, we are in effect punishing someone for exercising his or her right to free speech. If we support limiting the freedom of speech on a single bad-mouthed individual just because he said something that the majority of us dislike, then we would all have lost this freedom we cherish so much as Americans.
I know what it means to be bullied. The sugar daddy and sugar baby members of my dating website SeekingArrangement.com have chosen to live a lifestyle that is empowering, but is often criticized by many in the media. Some individuals in the media have gone further than criticizing by calling me and the members of my websites horrible names on National Television. On the Dr. Phil Show, some of our sugar baby members have been called “prostitutes”, “whores”, and yes, even “sluts”.
While I respect a healthy debate on any opposing issues or views, when an influential member of the media lashes out at his or her opponent with careless name calling, he or she has crossed the line by engaging in “bullying”. I do not support bullying in the media, or anywhere else. However, Rush Limbaugh did apologize to Sandra Fluke, and I believe his apologies were sincere.
So for those of you who have written or called me these past two days to express your outrage, here is what I would like to say to you …
By choosing to advertise on the Rush Limbaugh show, I am not standing with a “bully” but with someone who has acknowledged he was wrong. More importantly, I am standing up for the right to speak freely, in a country where fighting for this freedom should be a priority.