Rush Limbaugh insisted yesterday that the response to Bud Light's infelicitous new slogan -- "the perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary for the night" -- was overblown because "there's no such thing as 'rape culture' in America."
Even though Bud Light already apologized for the ambiguity built into its new slogan, Limbaugh claimed that the only people who would understand it as a tacit endorsement of sexual assault are people who politically motivated to. "What must be your baseline of knowledge to read that tagline and assume that the company was promoting rape?" he asked.
"There is no such thing as 'rape culture' in America!" Limbaugh shouted. "It's a myth! Like so much of liberalism!" He acknowledged that "we have people that rape -- we have bad actors in virtually every aspect of life -- but to call it a 'rape culture' is a concoction of the left, done so as to demand more liberalism in society and more limits on freedom."
Limbaugh lit into liberals who are concerned with "raising awareness," claiming that because there are only rapists, but no "rape culture," all this talk of "raising awareness" is merely "the vehicle for moving the agenda of the Democrat [sic] Party."
He was none too pleased when Bud Light admitted to a "tone-deafness to the role alcohol plays in 'rape culture,'" because that admission validates the existence of "rape culture," which he says no more exists than "global warming or man-made climate change." Limbaugh claimed that the only evidence of there being a "rape culture" is "a phony story" -- since retracted -- in Rolling Stone about the University of Virginia.
Listen to the entire segment via Media Matters for America below.