According to Rush Limbaugh’s online archive, the last time that song was played...Limbaugh went to the phones, and a caller who was mightily offended by “The Star Spanglish Banner.” Here’s Bill from Union, New Jersey:
CALLER: Rush, I’ve been trying to get through to you for years. You are my idol, and I finally got through to you, but the reason why I got through was a negative reason, and it’s bothering me. You are using that parody that you’re doing lately, it is great, it’s making me laugh, I agree with you all the way, but you’re using the national anthem of the United States. And it kind of hurt me.
RUSH: It hurts you to hear the national anthem –
CALLER: Used in a parody. It’s almost like burning a flag or something.
RUSH: Burning the flag. Interesting. Well, I’m sorry that it affected you that way.
CALLER: Well, it did.
RUSH: Well, but you know that I mean no disrespect.
CALLER: I know that, but the thing is, well, when I heard the Spanish version of the national anthem, that got to me, too.
RUSH: Yeah, but that was at least with the real words, as far as we know it was the real words.
RUSH: It’s great to hear from patriotic people like you. In fact, in fact you said you’ve been trying for a long time to get through, and now you finally got through and it was something negative.
CALLER: Yeah, a negative thing.
RUSH: Well, I’m sure you have a positive thing you’d like to say. You could end the call on a very pleasurable note.
CALLER: All I can say is, you are my guiding light in everything. Okay? Except this one thing.
RUSH: (Laughing.) I appreciate that. Gee, I hadn’t even thought of that, that it might hurt people’s feelings that they think we’re making fun of the national anthem, which we’re not. I mean the purpose of the Star Spanglish Banner is not to make fun of it. Well, yeah, blame it on white satirist Paul Shanklin. (Laughing.) I had nothing to do with it. I was minding my own business and it showed up. It’s not my fault, Bill.
That was, apparently, the last time Rush used the song on his show.
This all falls under the category of Rush being Rush, but it’s significant because it shows how little the Republicans have learned their lesson. They think their deficit with Latino voters can be solved with immigration reform, but they don’t see a problem with submitting themselves to the “Star Spanglish Banner” guy for approval.
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