But he's not REALLY like that. He does it for ratings. In actuality, Fred Tupper has no problems with the Muslims, and in fact harbors a secret crush on Fatima, who runs the Muslim owned diner.
When he's asked about the fact that he rails against Muslims on the show, but seems to enjoy being around them, he admits that he does it for ratings. He admits that he's a bit confused by some of the rituals and traditions in the Muslim world, but he doesn't really have a problem with them. It's because that's what his audience expects from him. And it keeps the money coming in via sponsors.
The difference between Fred Tupper and Rush Limbaugh though, is that Limbaugh is much more vicious than Tupper. Tupper's a caricature of the more dangerous Limbaugh. I have no idea whether or not Limbaugh actually believes all the bullshit he spews on his show. And I don't think it really matters.
Well, ever since the news came out that Rush Limbaugh was in talks with another investor to buy the St. Louis Rams, the opinions have been fast and furious. Now several black athletes have come out on the record and stated that they would refuse to play for any team that Limbaugh purchased. After the history of racist remarks by Limbaugh, it's not really a surprise, I don't think. At least it shouldn't be.
via Think Progress:
“All I know is from the last comment I heard, he said in (President) Obama’s America, white kids are getting beat up on the bus while black kids are chanting ‘right on,’” New York Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka told the New York Daily News, adding, “I don’t want anything to do with a team that he has any part of.” Other black players expressed similar sentiments:
[New York Jets linebacker Bart] Scott says players remember what Limbaugh said [about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donavan McNabb], and adds that the NFL would be wise not to allow the nationally syndicated host into the league.
“It’s an oxymoron that he criticized Donovan McNabb,” Scott said. “A lot of us took it as more of a racial-type thing. I can only imagine how his players would feel. I know I wouldn’t want to play for him. He’s a jerk. He’s an —. What he said (about McNabb) was inappropriate and insensitive, totally off-base. He could offer me whatever he wanted, I wouldn’t play for him. … I wouldn’t play for Rush Limbaugh. My principles are greater and I can’t be bought.”
Rush Limbaugh has a history of making questionable comments at best, involving the subject of race, most recently involving President Obama. Think Progress as a "lowlights" of some of his most recent comments:
– “Look, let me put it to you this way: The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.”
– “We need segregated buses. … This is Obama’s America.”
– “President Obama is black. And I think he’s got a chip on his shoulder.”
– Democrats are interested in Darfur to secure black “voting bloc.”
– “Minorities never do anything for which they have to apologize.”
– Obama’s nomination for president “goes back to the fact that nobody had the guts to stand up and say no to a black guy.”
– Obama is a “halfrican-American.”