March 7, 2012 by David K. Sutton
Peter Gabriel to Rush Limbaugh: Don’t Use My Songs ‘As The Bed Track For Prejudice Or Hatred’
If you watched the video of Rush Limbaugh’s hate-filled words towards Sandra Fluke you probably noticed a song playing in the background. Unfortunately Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’, which is an excellent song by the way, found its way into Rush’s show at the same time he called Fluke a ‘slut’ and a ‘prostitute’.
I wondered if Peter Gabriel had issued a statement and it turns out there are two responses on his Facebook page. The first was written on Monday and it reads (spelling of ‘Fluke’ has been corrected):
Peter Gabriel has asked that this response be published when he found out that his track ‘Sledgehammer’ has been used on the Rush Limbaugh show:
‘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 He has asked his representatives to make sure his music is withdrawn and especially from these unfair aggressive and ignorant comments.’
And just within the past two hours, Peter Gabriel released a personal statement, also on his Facebook page:
“I am a real believer in the Freedom of Speech and would defend Rush Limbaugh’s right to mouth off about almost anything. I just don’t like my work being used as the bed track for prejudice or hatred.”
As of this writing, over 40 companies have pulled their advertisements from Limbaugh’s show.