Jon Stewart is giving Twitter some credit for raising awareness about the 200 Nigerian girls kidnapped from a school on April 14.
But he says Rush Limbaugh, who has mocked the #saveourgirl campaign, is a “quivering rage heap who is apparently desperately trying to eliminate any remaining molecule of humanity that might still reside in the Chernobylesque Superfund cleanup site that was his soul.”
The abduction escaped global attention for weeks as Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan and his administration tried to avoid worldwide attention. But a Twitter campaign has led to international support. U.S. intelligence experts are now among those aiding the search for the girls, who were taken by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram.
“I owe Twitter an apology,” Stewart said. “You’re not just for casual racism and dick pics.”
He added: “That’s the thing about hashtag activism. It cannot force a crazy person to do something. But it can shame a less crazy person into not doing nothing.While apparently driving a medium crazy person crazier.”
That “medium crazy person” is Rush Limbaugh, who has mocked first lady Michelle Obama’s involvement in the Twitter campaign. He says a photo of the first lady “looking sad” sends a message of weakness.
“Is that not pathetic?” Limbaugh asked on his show last week.
Stewart suggested a new hashtag: #F*@kyourush.
The real villains, Stewart said, are Boko Haram. But the heroes are the girls who get up and go to school, even knowing the dangers of kidnapping.
“Compared to their courage, I’d say Boko Haram is a bunch of little girls,” Stewart said. “But you know what? You don’t deserve that compliment.”
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