Netflix Ditches Rush Limbaugh After Slurs

    March 6, 2012
    Mike Tuttle
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After Mike Fossum and others reported earlier that Netflix was still advertising with Rush Limbaugh, people started calling the company, Tweeting, and canceling services.

Continuing to advertise on Limbaugh’s show may prove an even stupider business move than Qwikster, @Netflix — it’s time to #boycottrush(image) 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

I just put my @netflix account on hold. As long as they support Rush Limbaugh w/ their advertising, I don’t want them to have my $.(image) 1 hour ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

I called @netflix & told ’em if they don’t quit advertising on Limbaugh, we’re done. NETFLIX: 1-866-579-7115(image) 3 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Netflix is still advertising on Rush Limbaugh’s show. Me thinks this would be a good time to cancel – what say you @netflix(image) 4 hours ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Wow, #Netflix! I posted the Limbaugh question on your Facebook page and within a minute it was taken down. Bad form. #Xfinity looking good.(image) 5 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Dear Netflix, pull your rush Limbaugh ads. I can totally live without you.(image) 13 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

After all this controversy, Netflix had to say something. They made a statement about their buy of ads on Limbaugh’s show.

“Netflix has not and does not purchase advertising on the Rush Limbaugh show. We do buy network radio advertising and have confirmed that two Netflix spots were picked up in error around the Rush Limbaugh show. We have instructed our advertising agency to make sure that this error will not happen again.”

Reports are coming in that insurance giant Geico, who was thought to have stayed with Limbaugh as well, is also claiming their spots were local market buys and will not happen again.

@julie19612009 Thank you for your comments. GEICO is not a sponsor of Rush’s program.(image) 3 days ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

  • Adele

    Did they make a statement? Seems to me that one guy made a statement to one particular publication on the internet which is now being replicated. I spoke to Netflix this morning and was told by their customer service reps that they are not making any statement on this issue. From what I can tell, Netflix as a company has made no public statement anywhere. More than happy to be corrected on that! Fingers crossed….

    • Didi

      I, too, called Netflix this morning and the Customer Service rep had no information as to them making a statement or stopping the ads. I cancelled my membership and stated that if they stop advertising on Limbaugh’s show I would resubscribe. Customer Service agent said he would send me email if there were any developments.

  • Frank Davis

    Dear Twitterverse – thanks once again for showing what an uninformed herd of liberal sheep you are. Yopu get your panties all in a bunch without checking your facts. I hope you cancelled your Netflix and then have to go through the hassle of rejoining. The two advertisers that left Rush are now begging to come back, one especially after the stock value plummeted.

    And Yes, she is a slut.

  • connie

    I will CANCEL my membership if Netflix DOES pull out of Rush Limbaugh. I don’t want to do business with any company that can’t stand up to Liberal lies and tactics. If they don’t have the balls…they don’t get my money!!

  • Sandy Lynn

    I just called Netflix this morning to tell them that I had cancelled my subscription because they are sponsors of the Rush Limbaugh show. The Netflix person said “Oh, you’re one day behind!”, and then she went on to explain that the ads were not specifically for the show, and that two ads had “mistakenly” run during the news break, and that Netflix had pulled all ads for the show time for Rush L. So, it seems that between Tuesday and today something happened, and the customer service people have been updated. I’m pleased with it, although I’m not sure that the Rush Limbaugh show is directly paid by the sponsorship, so it might not have any effect. Still, it’s something.

  • Jennifer Beadle

    I called Netflix this morning and their customer service rep specifically stated that they have dropped Rush Limbaugh. I stayed on the line with her until I found on the net that they had dropped Rush.

    I waited until now to give Netflix a chance to drop and for the news to hit the net. I have so far kept the account. Now if I verify differently – they aren’t getting any money from me!

  • Gerald

    I have terminate my netflix account. They don’t deserve my hard earned money if they are pulling their advertising from Rush’s show.

  • Tim

    So have all of you that cancelled your Netflix subscriptions because they were advertising on Rush’s show called HBO and cancelled because Bill Maher continues to call people worse things that what Rush said? I called and cancelled Netflix BECAUSE they pulled advertising from Rush. Whatever happened to freedom of speech? Rush has apologized. Bill Maher never has, and never will, but I still defend his right to say whatever he wants. If you don’t like what Rush says, don’t listen.