Rush Limbaugh, a radio host, made many inconsiderate statements in his lifetime. Now even after his death, people have a lot to say about him.
Radio host Rush Limbaugh passed away last week at the age of 70, according to NBC News. For someone who denied that cigarette smoke could cause any serious health threats, he died from lung cancer after smoking for decades. Limbaugh was known for making some crude statements on-air and people who found him generally insufferable have now begun reminding everyone of the horrifying things he has said throughout his career. Of many unsavory things, a Twitter user recalled the time the late radio host suggested that actor Michael J. Fox was "exaggerating" his symptoms of Parkinson.
Apart from his brilliant acting skills, Fox has been known for being a very vocal advocate for Parkinson's research. He has never shied away from showing his support for people who are willing to make a difference. Thus, when he recorded an advertisement supporting former Senator Claire McCaskill- who supported the research into stem cell treatment for the nervous system disorder- Limbaugh saw it as an opportunity to heavily criticize the actor. "In this commercial, he is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He is moving all around and shaking and it's purely an act. This is the only time I've ever seen Michael J. Fox portray any of the symptoms of the disease he has," the late host was heard saying in the clip shared by Brian Tyler Cohen.
Here's that one time Rush Limbaugh mocked Michael J. Fox for his Parkinson's, suggesting that he was exaggerating its symptoms. pic.twitter.com/PvSzNq7gn2— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) February 17, 2021
Cohen, who is best known for his YouTube political commentary show, shared the video of the segment from Limbaugh's show on Twitter. Soon people began flooding the post with responses that were abundant in shock and disgust. Some even drew similarities between Limbaugh's comment and that of former POTUS Trump, who was heavily criticized for mocking a disabled reporter Serge Kovaleski in 2015. Twitter user AnniezOpz shared: Not unlike the “former guy” mocking the disabled reporter. Birds of a feather... both disgusting. Sorry, but I’m not sad Rush is gone.
I wonder if Rush is faking his death from cancer? Mocking Michael j. Fox & claiming he was faking the disease was beyond hateful & horrible. This is the legacy that Limbaugh left. Wow.— Andrea (@AndiAnderson406) February 17, 2021
User Pamela Kay wrote: Karma caught up with him though when he lost his hearing due to his own massive opioid abuse and addiction. He paved the way for Fox News and the brainwashing of America. The damage he inflicted can never be completely undone, unfortunately. Another @The50G expressed: My Father Battle Parkinson's for 19yrs lost his battle 2 yrs ago l would not wish the disease on my worst enemy It is a Horrible disease Rush is no longer Spewing Lies & Vile Unethical behavior so that we can rejoice Not his Death. User Sunny Willow added: My father had Parkinson's. Michael J. Fox is a hero for all he has done to bring awareness and help to find a cure for this disease. Rush is a zero who brought NOTHING positive to this world.
Also had a lot to say about people addicted to drugs except when he himself became an addict. Then he wanted compassion and understanding.— Jeffrey Levy (@jeffreymlevy) February 18, 2021
At the time, Limbaugh withdrew his comments within hours of making it as he began facing an intense backlash. According to The Guardian, he was "forced" to apologize to the actor after suggesting, "He's either off his medication or acting. He is an actor after all." When the media reached out to Fox, he refused to provide any direct comments on Limbaugh. "I'm kind of lucky right now," he said. "It's ironic, given some of the things that have been said in the last couple of days, that my pills are working really well right now," he added.