SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California lawmaker is calling for a boycott of companies that advertise on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show after the conservative commentator refused to apologize for mocking China’s president.

State Sen. Leland Yee launched the campaign after Limbaugh’s Jan. 19 radio program, during which he did a nonsensical impression of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s speech with President Barack Obama.

After Yee complained about Limbaugh’s crude imitation, Limbaugh poked fun at the Chinese-American lawmaker, who’s running for mayor of San Francisco.

Yee told the San Mateo County Times that Limbaugh’s actions were “extremely hurtful” and damaging for children to hear.

Yee reached out to civil rights organizations Tuesday and launched an online petition asking people to join the boycott.

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Comments (38)
  1. Paul Starks says:

    I join you in your effort to silence Limbaugh

  2. Danifax says:

    The actions of our State and Local Governments are extremely hurtful to adults and children, alike. Where are the apologies of the Legislators?

  3. Davie says:

    Lighten up, Yee. If you can’t stand being made fun of then get out of politics.

  4. Mel says:

    Since most Listeners Of Rush have to be haters and losers, why would Anybody want to be one of His Sponsors. Having a lot of Money doesn’t make Rush a Winner Just makes Him a loser with a lot of Money. It’s too bad he gets a lot of Press.
    But then again so did Hitler

    1. jay says:

      mel, what an ignorant statement

      1. Mel says:

        Maybe it’s Ignorant to you but It has a lot of truth to it

    2. Jim says:

      I disagree with comparing Rush to hitler. Hitler was a pig, but he produced things in his life. I think hitler would have considered Rush a “jew” in all honesty. Rush doesn’t build anything, never has. He’ll say and do anything for money. He’ll sell out his own mother for money. He taints American society with his unamerican views.

      1. Patrick says:

        UnAmerican views? Really? Can you share anything specific, or is it just more hate speech from someone who accueses others who disagree with your point of view of commiting hate speech? You have no valid arguement, so you just make personal attacks.. How completely original, and predictable…

      2. Kim says:

        Just the fact that you would even bring Hitler in to the mix shows how ill educated you truly are. If you are going to accuse Limbaugh of being unamerican the least you could do is provide your sources so we can try to understand where you are getting your material. You saying it does not make it so. In fact it makes you look like one of Hitlers SS men.

    3. jim says:

      Rush wouldn’t have made it passed the Night of the Long Knives.

  5. Jim says:

    Yee fails to realize that Rush and a lot of people from southern states truly hate everyone. Black people, jewish people, asians, michael j fox, mexicans, french people. The only way to stop the likes of Rush to give in and allow them to seperate from the Union for once and for all.

    Yee, start bringing up measures to allow the south to secede. Fix the problem at the root…not treat the sympthoms.

    1. boycott limbaugh says:

      What a moronic suggestion! I bet we wouldn’t have to look very far in your genealogy tree to know that you, sir, are not a native of this country!

      In that case, get your Quaker @sses back on the mayflower and get out so that this land can get back to it’s rightful owners! Most of us are are foreigners
      here..and you are no exception!

  6. MurRob says:

    What ever happened to Freedom of Speech. Lee is a cry baby. Would he feel the same if it was the president of Russia, So Korea, Japan?

    1. Jim says:

      Organizing and Protesting the rants of a confederate isn’t attacking anyones “freedom of speech”. It’s just getting out the message to “grow up you monkey confederate”

  7. Graff says:

    Ok so we let Yee have his way, who’s next ? Yee I don’t even know you and your a free speech trouncing, thin skin moron. Do us in california a favor, go away !

  8. jojo garcia says:

    This idi@t drug addict, should not be on the air period

  9. rick sherwood says:

    People only care when it’s “their kind” being hurt. Shame on all of you who don’t share the pain of a fellow human being, and understand that racism of any kind or against anyone people is wrong. Just because the hateful speech hasn’t gotten around to you just yet, please don’t dismiss it in jest. It’ll happen.

  10. LOL says:

    He must be on drug again.

  11. Davie says:

    Rush is an entertainer, just like late night talk shows. I got bullied for being white and I lived throug it just fine, why can these crybabies just take it? Quit your crying!

  12. Mel says:

    Drugs don’t cause hate. It’s learned behavior. It comes from previous hate & Pain that comes from who knows where.

  13. swhit says:

    Maybe we should be shutting up Lee instead. I am no Limbaugh supporter but I support freedom of speech and I would not support anyone who goes against our constitution and tries to shut people up. Our gov has tried and keeps on trying very hard to shut people up but fail because the people will not stand for it. This man should not be in politics if he fails to recognize what America and Americans are about.
    You really want people to shut up then ignore because they only are trying to make an effect. Lee reacted so Limbaugh won.

  14. Boycott Limbaugh says:

    Limbaugh is a moron.. I will never understand how the public and/or his supporters alllow that blimp to get away with uttering commentaries or rhetoric that is disrespectful, rude, crude, insensitive, stupid, uninteligent, uncouth, dispicable, and any other adjective to describe that fat blimp! Who moderates him? He isn’t so perfect!!

  15. Patrick says:

    Attempting to ALWAYS be Politically Correct is destroying our COuntry. Have you forgotten Freedom of Speech? If you don’t like what Rush has to say, turn off your radio! However, if YOU don’t like what he says, what in the hell gives YOU the right to control what I want to listen too??? Grow up Whiners!

    1. boycott limbaugh says:

      What gives me the right is the same right that YOU have to opine! Listen all you want, breathe it, live it if that is your choice..
      This is an amazing country and we all have rights including the one that allows me to voice my disdain for that piece of work.
      Get over yourself!

  16. Bob Foulk says:

    Most people who don’t like Rush Limbaugh have never even listened to an entire show. These are the same sheeople that voted Yee in. Another Democrat and another poor excuse for a representative. Anything to keep our focus off the fact that the government is spending us into oblivion.

    Boycott Yee and his ilk!!

    1. helen says:

      lets not forget ,somewhere somehow our forefathers,were immigrant here at one time or another. what do you think, if he or she or them feels being mocked at by others like limbough did, what ever happened to do not unto others what you would’t want others do unto to you, that’s exacly why we have kids that bullies others at school,getting their attention in a negative way, and kids that are trying to make grades are called nerds back then. who’s ignorant then. instead of embracing each others differeces without prejudism.

  17. JayJay says:

    Why would children be listening to Rush? Yee, you’re a whiner. Boo hoo. Get over it and enjoy Chinese New Year. Gung Hay Fat Choy! 😉

  18. Nico says:

    I’m no limbaugh fan but Yee is a phucking Idiot.

  19. BobG says:

    California is bankrupt and this clown is spending his time being upset about something a radio personality from Florida says. The state is lost. Yee and his fellow politicians on both sides of the isle lost it. For those of you in Rio Linda, that means Republicans and Democrats. They are the ones who should be boycotted but Californians are apparently to stupid to elect competent people.

  20. Kim says:

    Yee thinks he can demand that free speech be denied to another person because he is feeling sorry for the communist China man? I wanted to call for a boycott to Ovomit’s SOTU “speech” but realized it would make me a moronic liberal weeine. I am so looking forward to California kicking all of these socialist wastes of our taxpayer dollars out of office and cleaning up this pathetic, weak state. Start with Jerry Brown and the Teacher’s Union…that would be a great start.

    1. boycott limbaugh says:

      China man? Really?

      You can call for whatever boycott floats your boat. What I wonder is when you too are out of a job, or down on your luck, I bet that you too will be on the governments payroll. Get over yourself! By your comments I would suspect that you are conservative with no regard for anyone but your own interests and that of your party. Health care reform, immigration, and education are subjects that deal with the human condition and its undertakings are far more noble and far humane that that of wasting trillions and raping other country’s lands and resources. Who do we have to thank for that? Hmmm…I wonder!
      Evidently you were not schooled in the United States, because if you were, then what a freaking ingrate you are! You got a FREE RIDE courtesy of our government!
      Oh and you are right, you succeeded in sounding like a moronic weenie…and it did not take much effort!

  21. Charlie Chan says:

    Yee a California law maker asking the public to Boycott companies that advertise on that show because he got his feelings hurt Oh pleeese!!!! he forgot to mention in the event if that advertiser happens to be anything related to a chinese product disregard that part of the boycott it may hurt my feelings again.

  22. Jim Koy says:

    Red China has no “president”: it has a dictator; it is a censorship-filled, one-party, mock-trial tyranny that holds to the irrational principle of Collectivism that is diametrically opposed to American Capitalism’s reality-based principle of Individualism. Therefore, Hu Jintao, who’s a worthless despot that doesn’t recognize an individual’s rights, deserves whatever mockery he gets. Rush Limbaugh is not the issue here (though I fully support him this time around).

  23. Ticked says:

    Boycott California, and every worthless Lib IN IT!

  24. helen says:

    for someone that still thinks its okey to mocked someone because of his race , language ,color of skin differences, iis not something we should be focusing on . Its not like going into a hospital and the man says “doctor, my wife is fixing to have a baby a want a boy, that looks like Brad Pit when he grows up, i want him to know all the languages in the world,etc. That is God doing Maybe we should start focusing on our own kids and our own ways, i dont think anyone wants our kids to feel the same kind of hatred some of our elders taught us . jEven better, we should teach our children to have GMRC, good manners and right conduct

  25. Mrs. Patricia Harris says:

    Wow, you digress. Mr. Limbaugh has a right to voice his opinions and he consistently proves himself to be racist and elitist. He is a radio show hustler with a substance abuse past and nothing more. Unfortunately some Americans continue to listen to his rants, including his degradation of elected officials and the President of the United States. If we want our children to do better then we have to do better.
    If Americans stopped listening, there would be no need to boycott. If you believe a radio show host should have the arrogance to call out the Speaker of the House, then you’re neither conservative or free from the media’s influence. Senator Yee is right, Mr. Limbaugh was and is out-of-line.

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