I can't believe what Rush Limbaugh said on the radio about Michelle Wie!
You can listen here to right-wing radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh talking on his program about how he says comments made during his BadGolfer.com interview with Chris Baldwin have been taken out of context and twisted by Time magazine.
When Baldwin asked Rush about Michelle Wie, he responded: “It’s a triumph of marketing. If she really wants to play with the men, it’s fine. Let her try for a tour card. But now it’s a marketing tool they’re using to build her up to a level much greater than her actual accomplishments. At some point, she has to get some wins.”
The problem, Rush complains, is that Time seems to have only reported the first sentence. For the record, Rush says he has no problem with Wie, that he’s actually jealous of her ability.
Wie’s response to Time: “Huh? Who’s that? … Uh oh. He’s on the radio. I don’t listen to the radio much.”
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What I really liked was Wie's response when asked who Limbaugh is. She could care less!
Rush Limbaugh has been written about by different people on this blog in the past 2 weeks! I'm starting to think this blog has become Oprah. Just drop this. A signal someone is going to start gossiping: "I can't believe what so and so said about so and so...!" Leave Mr. Limbaugh alone, leave Ms. Wie's personal life alone, and get back to business, which is golf!
"It's a triumph of marketing. If she really wants to play with the men, it's fine. Let her try for a tour card. But now it's a marketing tool they're using to build her up to a level much greater than her actual accomplishments. At some point, she has to get some wins."
I don't see what all the fuss is about. Michelle IS a triumph of marketing; she sells tickets and the corporations love her (e.g. Nike and Sony) - that's why she has $10M in endorsement deals. Not hard to understand.
Yes, let her play with the men. No one has stopped her so far. Okay, next.
'But now it's a marketing tool they're using to build her up to a level much greater than her actual accomplishments. At some point, she has to get some wins.' Yes, that is the whole marketing gimmick - a 16 year old girl is playing against the men. That is no secret. Surely this isn't new to anyone? The whole gimmick does indeed make her sound better than she really is; after all, she doesn't COMPETE with the men, she just turns up and plays (i.e. she hasn't even made a cut yet). Further, she doesn't have any accomplishments in terms of wins. The only 'accomplishments' she has are 'tournament appearances' - yes, she has played in half a dozen men's events; yes, she has came second in women's majors. But has she won anything? NO!
Finally. She WILL have to win something. Sooner or later, without that win, she'll just be considered the Kournikova of women's golf.
I don't see what the problems are. Everything that was said is true. Michelle has immense talent and uses it well, but it's all still true. I'm not doubting Tiger's talent when I say that to be considered the greatest player ever, he needs more than 18 majors. I'm just stating something that is true.
I think that anyone who finds my comments or Rush's comments offensive should either:
1) just shut up and let it go; or
2) crawl back to church to repent of your 'sins' (i.e. doing anything that involves fun, etc.), and wish death upon all the evil sinners in the world (i.e. me and all the other people who express their rightful opinions in life, which are often true and shouldn't seem offensive to any normal person); or
3) fly to Westminster and join Tony Blair in running a nanny state, i.e. a country where you don't have much right to free speech and are controlled in almost everything you do.
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