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The Relative Issues Behind Rush Limbaugh's 'Slut' Remarks

Rush Limbaugh’s mouth has landed him in trouble once again. The controversial conservative and well-known radio host recently made headlines after calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” for testifying in Congress last week on behalf of her Jesuit college to cover birth control costs.

“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke going before a Congressional committee and essentially saying she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut right?” Limbaugh asked on his live broadcast Wednesday.

The next day, he called out the “Feminazis,” claiming that if taxpayers were to shell out for female contraceptives, they would want to see the videos of their sexual activity posted online “so taxpayers can see what we’re getting for our money.”

Although the political tastemakers have attempted to frame the verbal attack as a battle between right versus left, the ethical consequences of Limbaugh’s remarks ultimately make it a case of right against wrong. Limbaugh’s actions created such an uproar in the female community that his sponsors--including AOL, ProFlowers, Legal Zoom and Citrix Systems--have severed ties with the show.

The personal attack on Fluke also put the spotlight on female name-calling as well as the double standard that continues to exist today. Some commentary makes it seem like it’s okay for men to tuck dollars into an exotic dancer’s underwear and pay prostitutes for recreational pleasure, but once a woman steps to Congress for reimbursement on contraception, she’s deemed a slut? Although Limbaugh’s public apology (issued a handful of days after the initial remark) came with some hint of remorse, it suggests that he didn’t realize the direct effect of his words.

But is it also the women’s fault that such words have been overused and exploited to the point where even a derogatory curse word has become a common expression?
There has been heated debate about female slander forever, not just in politics but the entertainment industry, as well. While reality television divas are quick to throw a punch or slap the cheek of any chick who dare calls her a “bitch,” rappers--both female and male alike--top the charts with tracks that glorify being the “baddest bitch” in the game.

Fluke appeared on ABC’s The View, saying that his apology falls on deaf ears. And she was right. If anything, hip-hop artists continue to call women bitches and hoes while other males in the public eye are now referring to women as sluts. Limbaugh’s outburst has simply exacerbated the problem.

There is meaning to every title. Fluke, is first and foremost, a daughter, a potential mother, a could-be-lawyer and a woman with enough sense to demand protection so that she could prevent a pregnancy she is not yet prepared for. Her testimony before Congress was not an open plea to open her legs more. She was made to be the victim in a political tirade, but in the end it was Limbaugh’s words that cost him. --Adelle Platon

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During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

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"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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