It appears Survivor is going to try a battle of the races next season. I just read that they are going to divide people into four groups instead of the usual two teams. The teams are going to be racial in their make up: Black; Asian; Hispanic; White. While that does not sit right with me, I am going to save my rant on that for another day. Instead, today, I am going to deal with Rush Limbaugh’s comments on this as reported by Media Matters.
“We've been looking at this here amongst ourselves, and our early money is going on the Hispanic tribe, providing they stay unified... if they start fighting for supremacy amongst themselves, that could lead to problems. But our early money is on them anyway, because these people have shown a remarkable ability, ladies and gentlemen, to cross borders, boundaries -- they get anywhere they want to go. They can do it without water for a long time. They don't get apprehended, and they will do things other people won't do. So, our money, early money, is on the Hispanics.”
Oh my G-d Rush! Did you really just say that? That is…I am speechless. I wish I could say the same for you, but you just had to continue.
“The Asian -- the Asian-American tribe probably will outsmart everybody, but will that help them in the ultimate survival contest? Intelligence is one thing, but raw, native understanding of the land and so forth -- this is probably why the Native Americans were excluded, because they were at one with the land here, and they probably would have an unfair advantage.”
You got a two-fer on that one Rush. Native Americans are not even part of this show and you still just had to show yourself to be an equal opportunity offender, huh?
“The African-American tribe, tough to handicap on this one, because you just -- it's -- it's -- there are many characteristics here that you would think give them the lead and the heads up in terms of skill and athleticism and so forth.”
Oh, but Rush is only joking, right? I mean his tongue is firmly in his cheek with his white comments.
“We're speculating among ourselves that if the white tribe behaves as it historically has, they will bring along vials of diseases; they will end up oppressing the other groups; they will deny them benefits; deny them their property, steal it from them, and you know, put them on some kind of a benefit program. The white tribe put everybody else on some kind of benefit program, but the benefit program, of course, will not be enough. There will be no education. The white tribe will not allow any health care.”
So he must be joking about this. Sick jokes, but they are still jokes, right? Well a caller asked him what group would have the best swimmer on it.
“Well, now, wait, wait a second, though. If the Hispanic tribe has a Cuban in it, those people swim 90 miles, you know, sometimes for freedom. So you know, you just never know. That's why you've got to watch the show.”
When the caller reveals himself to be black, Rush immediately claims he is not the racist one because Survivor is the one showing this.
“I am playing the racism card! I'm telling you what a major network is doing in its prime-time schedule. They're pitting races against each other in this stupid Survivor format, and you tell me I'm being racist.”
That is like a Klansman saying “I am not burning the cross so you cannot say I am involved.” Bad example I know, but it is late. You get the point. I will change it tomorrow.
In essence, think about the fact that he repeats stereotypes of races until he gets to the white race, then he switches to describing liberals. He has scorn for all those groups and it shows. His “humor” reveals his character because only he finds his jokes funny. Well, him and his “dittoheads”.