Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student who was referred to as a slut and a prostitute by conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh, has rejected his public apology, saying it wasn't sufficient enough.
I don't think that a statement like this issued, saying that his choice of words was not the best, changes anything, and especially when that statement is issued when he's under significant pressure from his sponsors who have begun to pull their support, said the 30-year-old student, on The View, according to ABC.
As previously reported, several companies have discontinued their relationship with Limbaugh's, refusing to advertise on his show. Carbonite, Citrix, Go To Meeting, Legal Zoom, ProFlowers, Quicken Loans, Sleep Number , Sleep Train and AOL have all pulled their advertisements. As a result of the backlash, Limbaugh issued an apology.
My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir, Limbaugh wrote in a released statement, according to ABC. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.
On his first show back on the air since the fallout, Limbaugh said he meant every word of his apology.
The apology to her over the weekend was sincere, he said. It was simply for using inappropriate words in a way I never do.
On Monday, AOL became the latest company to pull its advertisements. A spokeswoman for the Huffington Post told ABC that the derogatory comments are are not in line with our values.
ProFlowers also pulled its advertisements issuing similar remarks.
Mr. Limbaugh's recent comments went beyond political discourse to a personal attack and do not reflect our values as a company, the Internet-based flower company wrote in a statement on its Facebook page Sunday afternoon. As such, ProFlowers has suspended advertising on The Rush Limbaugh radio program.
Limbaugh reportedly verbally berated Fluke on his show last week after hearing her testimony to Congress. She argued that her university's health insurance should cover contraception, reported ABC.
What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says she must be paid to have sex? said Limbaugh on his show. What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute.