On his radio show Monday, Rush Limbaugh said that he is “bugged” by what he characterized as inconstancy by those who want to boycott the Oscars over a lack of black nominees.
“I have a question, folks,” Limbaugh said. “I really am bugged by something here. I’m watching all of this talk about banning the Oscars. And all these Hollywood liberals and Hollywood actors and actresses are running around saying, ‘We can’t go to the Oscars, there aren’t any black nominees. It’s a racist bunch, it’s racism, and we’re not going to go support it.’”
“If that’s the case, then why aren’t all good liberals boycotting the Democrat presidential primaries?” he asked.
“Which is whiter, the list of Oscar nominees or the Democrats running for president?” Limbaugh continued. “Is there a whiter group among those two?”
“It would seem to me that if you’re going to boycott the Oscars — which is not nearly as important as the presidential race — if you’re going to boycott the Oscars because there are no black nominees, well, then it seems to me you would boycott the Democrat presidential primaries because there aren’t any black candidates. It seems like a reasonable question to me.”
In addition to “lily-white,” Limbaugh called the Democratic field of candidates “Jurassic Park-old to boot.”
“You got Hillary, you have crazy Bernie, and then you’ve got abs, which is Martin O’Malley, who’s there for what reason nobody can really figure out,” he said.
Limbaugh also referred to the controversy that ensued after Fox News contributor Stacey Dash suggested that “we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards” because “either we want to have segregation or integration.”
“Of course, everybody jumped down her throat, but Stacey Dash doesn’t care,” Limbaugh said. “She didn’t apologize or reissue any clarifications.”
In the wake of the recent criticism, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which puts on the Oscars, announced that it will take action “to increase diversity.”