Celebrity: Rush Limbaugh
To be fair, Rush Limbaugh's reign of idiocy started long before we rang in 2012—his conservative radio talk show, The Rush Limbaugh Show, has been notorious since the late '80s for being a source of hateful and stupid comments about sex, gender, and race.
Limbaugh claims to exercise the very specific type of broadcasting style known as "shock jocking," which is when a host purposefully exaggerates on the air to shock viewers and gain buzz for their show, but when you're saying things like "I think it's time to get rid of this whole National Basketball Association...call it the TBA, the Thug Basketball Association," you've gone so far over the line that you're practically in a different zip code. And when you then add "and stop calling them teams, call 'em gangs," you're practically in a different state.
In 2012, Limbaugh managed to outdo himself. In March, the radio host slammed Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, who spoke at a Democratic hearing to advocate the availability of birth control, not only as a contraceptive but as a medical necessity for some women. Limbaugh, who clearly has no idea how contraceptives work, wasted no time calling her a "slut" and "a prostitute" who "wants to be paid to have sex." Then, when there was backlash about the comments, he was completely unapologetic, suggesting that she's simply having too much sex.
We'd like to say that Limbaugh can be redeemed—as much as we rip and shit-talk, we're also forgiving people. This, unfortunately, cannot be the case with Limbaugh. He's too far gone, and there are too many articles on the Internet detailing what an awful, hateful person he is. That's why for 2013 we think that Rush Limbaugh should just do the world a favor, and stop. Just stop.
The political world needs people debating and advocating for both sides, of course, but it definitely doesn't need one of those people to be a dude who flunked out of Southeast Missouri State University after two semesters and a summer because he wasn't interested in school. Also, he should probably figure out how birth control actually works, because the dude seems to be under the impression that women take it as needed, and that's just scientifically inaccurate. —Tanya Ghahremani