Rush Limbaugh (AP/Julie Smith)

Rush Limbaugh: "12 Years a Slave" only won because of its title

He hasn't actually seen the movie, of course


Elias Isquith
March 4, 2014 3:05AM (UTC)

Speaking on his radio show on Monday, right-wing pundit and provocateur extraordinaire Rush Limbaugh informed his audience that there was never any chance of "12 Years a Slave" not winning the Academy Award for Best Picture. Why? Because the film's title, according to Limbaugh, had that "magic word": slave.

After calling the Oscars "an entirely, but very subtle ... political night," Limbaugh slammed Hollywood for promoting its values. "It was filled with self-satisfaction and pats on the back and how compassionate, giving, caring — all of those adjectives, they reserve, exclusively, for themselves and their goodness and their kindness and their decency," Limbaugh said.

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"But there was no demonstrable political preaching from anybody!" Limbaugh said. The only real example of explicit politics that the talk radio host could find, in fact, was a joke from host Ellen DeGeneres warning the Academy's voters that they would all be remembered as racists if "12 Years a Slave" didn't win Best Picture.

"Remember now, all good comedy must be rooted in truth," Limbaugh intoned. "There's no way that movie was not going to win! If it was the only thing that movie won, it was going to win Best Picture. There was no way — it didn't matter if it's good or bad; I haven't seen it — it had the magic word in the title: Slave."

You can listen to Limbaugh's Oscar analysis below, via Media Matters:


Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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