As advertisers continue to metaphorically wash Rush Limbaugh's mouth out with soap for his demeaning attack on Georgetown student Sandra Fluke, and radio stations jettison his show, the latest big-name figure to express his disapproval of the porcine pariah is singer Peter Gabriel. The former Genesis singer has demanded that Limbaugh stop using his song "Sledgehammer" on his radio show, after learning that the 1986 number-one hit played while Limbaugh went on his anti-Fluke rant.
A statement on Gabriel's official Facebook page reads:
"Peter was appalled to learn that his music was linked to Rush Limbaugh's extraordinary attack on Sandra Fluke. It is obvious from anyone that knows Peter's work that he would never approve such a use. He has asked his representatives to make sure his music is withdrawn and especially from these unfair, aggressive and ignorant comments."
Gabriel isn't the first musician to object to his or her music being associated with Limbaugh. A number of years ago, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders got into a spat with the conservative bigot over his use of the distinctive bass riff from The Pretenders' "My City was Gone" on his radio show. Limbaugh would end up buying her off with six-figure PETA donations.
Limbaugh has already expressed contrition for the whole Fluke fiasco, but do you think as part of his apology tour he would go so far as to provide a blurb for Rachel Maddow's new book?