American radio host Rush Limbaugh mocks Japanese refugees for recycling after earthquake disaster
Days after a magnitude-8.9 earthquake struck Japan, American radio host Rush Limbaugh mocked the Japanese refugees for recycling in their shelters, reports The Daily Mail.
According to the report, Limbaugh "laughed at survivors for recycling their rubbish at a shelter" and called the quake "an ironic ’payback’ for Japan’s environmentally-friendly policies." On his show earlier this week, a caller named Chris asked, "If these are the people that invented the Prius, have mastered public transportation (and) recycling, why did Mother Earth-Gaia if you will-hit them with this disaster?" Limbaugh then replayed ABC anchor Diane Sawyer’s interview with refugees that showed their recycling efforts.
After poking fun at Sawyer’s voice, he said, "The Japanese have done so much to save the planet... Even now, refugees are still recycling their garbage, yet Gaia levels them (laughs), just wipes them out. Wipes out their nuclear plants, all kinds of radiation. What kind of payback is this?"
He added, "In fact, where Gaia blew up is right where they make all these electric cars... What is Gaia trying to tell us here? Great observation out there, Chris."
Entertainment Weekly writer Jeff Labrecque found Limbaugh’s "great observation" comment confusing. "Is he saying that green initiatives like recycling are futile because they don't guarantee against natural disasters? No? Because that's what it sounds like."
Labrecque noted that the ABC clip "that Limbaugh found so ridiculous was actually about more than recycling. It was about the resilience of the Japanese people to come together as one body. There haven't been any reports of looting in Japan since the earthquake, they've maintained a sense of order, and yes, they are recycling. Because even though the last few yesterdays have been horrible, Japan is still looking towards and preparing for its future."
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