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The Inevitable "If Fergie Can Own a Football Team, Why Can't Rush Limbaugh?" Backlash Begins

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If there's anything I've learned from listening to right-wing radio, it's that (1) it's OK to be unfair to people as long as it makes economic sense, and (2) it's OK to dredge up old quotes in order to defame someone and keep them out of positions of power. 

So, I'm not exactly sure why Rush Limbaugh and his wing-nut fan base are surprised he wasn't approved to buy a portion of the St. Louis Rams. Bringing the controversial talk-show host could cause boycotts, and while there are some seemingly fake quotes floating around attributed to Rush, he did say on national TV: "I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve." 

Some Rushies have set their sights on the Dolphins' cavalcade of celebrity minority owners to try to defend Limbaugh, but the efforts have been kind of pathetic. Check out this blog post on former Matt Drudge protégé Andre Brietbart's Big Hollywood today, in which a blogger falsely accuses Jennifer Lopez of having sung the N-word numerous times and calls it, "J.Lo's actual racial slur."  

The blogger credits the line, "And the game done chose me to bring pain to n*ggas and p*ssy holes, they one in the same," to her by noting she co-wrote the song "I'm Real." Never mind that the quote is wrong -- there should be an extra p*ssy in their somewhere. Never mind it's from the remix, and the verse in question is performed and written by Ja Rule -- a real-life African-American. Never mind that the much more popular, cleaned-up version of the song uses the lyrics, "To bring pain, pretty women, and fake thugs, one in the same." Never mind that Jennifer Lopez isn't actually an NFL owner -- her husband is -- this clearly means she is a racist and Rush deserves a football team. 

Big Hollywood also takes aim at Fergie for performing a cleaned-up version of a song with the scandalous word ass in it at the White House Easter Egg hunt. The blogger then quotes lyrics from the Black Eyed Peas' song "Where Is the Love," about terrorists living in the United States, one that Fergie didn't write and appears only over-singing one line of the chorus. 

Yeah, sorry, there's not much convincing evidence to be found by trying to compare Rush to the Fins' ownership box. Steve Ross's odd collection of celeb co-owners make their money appealing to the masses. Limbaugh earned his riches by purposefully being a derisive and controversial figure who loves to argue that certain people don't deserve things such as a basic living wage, health care, and a chance at higher education. Yet somehow he gets all butthurt when it's decided he doesn't deserve an NFL team. Go figure. 

We might not love the idea of Fergie owning part of our Dolphins, but let's just be glad those rumors last year that Rush was looking to buy a stake in the teal-and-orange never panned out. 

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