Rush Limbaugh and Some Other Heartless Americans Make Light of the Plight of Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Victims

Submitted by Elaine Magliaro, Guest Blogger

In recent days, Rush Limbaugh was heard making fun of Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims living in a refugee camp on his radio program. Rush seemed to think it was funny that the refugees had already organized a recycling effort at the camp.

RUSH: Did I really hear this? Did I really hear — Diane Sawyer is in a refugee camp in Japan. Play this again. This is almost like a kindergarten teacher talking to the 4 year olds. That is how old you are in kindergarten, right? Five? Five? Four? All right. This is — some of these people here for days, and look, look, it’s recycling — organized for recycling.

You can read more excerpts from Rush’s disturbing conversation with a caller at the Media Matters post Limbaugh Laughs in the Face of Human Suffering.

Limbaugh wasn’t the only American who made inappropriate comments about the Japanese in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that have devastated the island nation of Japan.

Rapper 50 Cent tweeted: “Look this is very serious people I had to evacuate all my hoes from LA, Hawaii and Japan. I had to do it. Lol.”

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried tweeted: “I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, ‘They’ll be another one floating by any minute now’,” and “What does every Japanese person have in their apartment? Flood lights.”

(Note: The 56-year-old comedian was fired by Aflac, an insurance company who used his voice in its ad campaigns.)

Dan Turner, the former press secretary for Governor Haley Barbour, was forced to resign after it was reported that he sent an email with the following message: “Otis Redding posthumously received a gold record for his single, (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay. (Not a big hit in Japan right now.)”

Glenn Beck thinks that God may have punished Japan with the earthquake and tsunami:

What is wrong with these people? There are animals that have shown more humanity than these individuals who seem to think natural disasters are humorous events.

Watch this video of a dog in Japan who stayed by the side of an injured companion after the earthquake and tsunami:

(Note: I read a report that both dogs have been rescued.)

Here’s a video of Tarra and Bella—an elephant and a dog who became best friends at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

The Elephant Sanctuary Web site

The Elephant Sanctuary Youtube Page

Click on the following link to watch a video of Owen, a baby hippopotamus, and Mzee, a 130-year-old Aldabra tortoise. Owen was separated from his family after the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean. He adopted Mzee as his “mother.” The ancient tortoise—who had long been a loner—accepted Mzee as his own.

Owen and Mzee Web site

Owen and Mzee slideshow

Two interesting nonfiction children’s books:


50 Cent’s Japanese jokes in bad taste (IOL Technology)

50 Cent, Gilbert Gottfried under fire for joking about Japan earthquake, tsunami (New York Daily News)

Gov. Haley Marbour’s aide resigns after Japan joke (USA Today)

Limbaugh Laughs In The Face Of Human Suffering (Media Matters)

35 thoughts on “Rush Limbaugh and Some Other Heartless Americans Make Light of the Plight of Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Victims”

  1. EM, sorry I didn’t notice that.

    I stand by my assertion that these clowns meet the definition of sociopath and as long as they are treated as if they were accepted members of a decent society their sickness will be encouraged. They need to be called out early and often.

  2. “Rush needs to be removed from the airways. It will solve some of our “air” pollution problems.”

    Lord, have mercy. You got that right.

  3. Rush often uses the explanation that he’s a “comedian” to excuse whatever effluvia comes into his mind and out of his mouth. But when he pontificates on political matters and is not taken seriously because he’s a “comedian” he rains brimstone on his detractors. Ya can’t win with the guy – so why try? The only thing he and Hannity and Beck et al understand is money. Boycotting sponsers is the only real way to these guys’ hearts (and pocketbooks).

  4. Bad taste of these people, cheap chaps, whos real personalities surfaces under cover of humor, get rid of them !

  5. Thanks for the post Elaine.

    I heard Whoopi Goldberg criticize Aflac for firing Gottfried saying something along the lines of … if you’re going to hire a comic, you take the chance he/she’s going to say something inappropriate. What a crock … Gottfried was hired for his voice, not his questionable comedic abilities.

    As for Rush and Beck … one of the first things I thought of as I watched the live coverage of the tsunami moving across the farm fields in Japan was, “I wonder what totally crappy things the Republican right and all their talking heads are going to utter and how damned embarrassing will they be.” I’m so used to their god-awfulness that I expect it any time there is a tragedy anywhere.

  6. eniobob,
    you could be correct, but they are two dangerous and heartless individuals as well.
    Great “verse”!

  7. With the money and fame these two guys have it obvious to me that these are two sad and lonely people.

  8. rafflaw,

    I’m reposting a terse verse I wrote about Rushbo:

    A Couplet about Rush Limbaugh

    A pompous, porcine bag of gas.
    I tell myself—this, too, shall pass.

  9. Elaine,
    I will help out and give Rush, et al one of the labels that I use to refer to them. “Greedy maniacs”. I had another term that I use more frequently, but it is not suitable for children!

  10. Elaine M,

    You’re welcome. I hardly think Rush is the type that would stop to help others in need. It goes against everything he believes in.

    In the big scheme of things, fans of Rush et al are a small percentage of the population as a whole. To some degree it bothers me that some people appreciate and admire the small-mindedness, hatred and ignorance displayed by Rush and pals on a daily basis. But I take comfort in that they represent a minority of citizens. A very small minority.

  11. frank,

    Professor Turley didn’t write this post. I did.

    In regard to people like Limbaugh and Beck: I really don’t feel it’s necessary to label them with a descriptor like sociopath. Their words and actions speak for themselves. Anyone with a brain and a heart knows what kind of people they are.

  12. Come on Prof, you own a dictionary – look up ‘sociopath’, but I bet you don’t have to. If the media really were fair and balanced that would be the descriptor used anytime when introducing any of these guys:
    The noted sociopath, Rush Lamebrain
    Our senior sociopath analyst, Glenn Beck
    Sociopath and political advisor, Dan Turner

    but the press has given up on honesty in favor of kissing up the these guys so they will stop saying mean things about them.

  13. Elaine M,

    Thanks for bringing this up – One would need a heart and soul to feel compassion in order to feel for the pain and suffering of others. They think they’re funny, and to some people they are but all they, and their fans, manage to do is show how truly weak and small they are. With this in mind, I find this clip descriptive of Lush & Co.:


    And, thank you for the additional clips, lady – they brought tears to my eyes!

  14. Well Elaine…..I do recall when the Earth Quake in SFO happened a DJ got fired because of this song……

  15. Elaine,
    Great story. I read about our old friend, Rush Limbaugh and his disgusting comments about the tragedy in Japan. This wasn’t some failed joke, it was his usual attempt to draw some fault on liberals for causing this horrific disaster. He should be fired from his job,period.
    I am glad that the two dogs were rescued. I saw the story about the dog that wouldn’t leave his friend! So sad, but it sounds like it had a happy ending.

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