The Peter Gabriel song "In Your Eyes" will forever be associated with John Cusack. In the 1989 film "Say Anything," Cusack's Lloyd Dobler courts Diane Court by holding a boombox playing that song over his head.
That famous scene got a real-life re-enactment of sorts Saturday at Gabriel's concert at California's Hollywood Bowl. As "In Your Eyes" began, Cusack came out on stage and handed Gabriel a boombox, doffing his cap to the singer as he did so.
The radio show has long used Rush songs to weave between the show and advertisements. The band's song "Spirit of Radio" was played during one of Limbaugh's attacks on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke after she testified at a hearing about insurance coverage of contraceptives.
"According to media reports, Rush Limbaugh, Premiere Radio Networks and The Rush Limbaugh Show have been using Rush's recorded music as part of what is essentially a political broadcast. The use of Rush's music in this way is an infringement of Rush's copyrights and trademarks. The public performance of Rush's music is not licensed for political purposes and any such use is in breach of public performance licenses and constitutes copyright infringement.... Accordingly, we hereby demand that you immediately stop all use of Rush's music and confirm that you will do so."
In addition to Gabriel and Rush pulling their music from the show, dozens of advertisers, including Sleep Number, Quicken Loans, Carbonite, ProFlowers, AOL, Sears and others reportedly have pulled ads from the program.
However, at least one advertiser -- extramarital dating site Ashley Madison -- wants in. According to Business Insider, the controversial website says it will "step up and fill the void" left by fleeing advertisers.
SeekingArrangement.com, a website that matches "sugar daddies" and "sugar babies," also wants to buy ads, Business Insider reported, though Limbaugh may not thank them for their remarks. The publication quotes CEO Brandon Wade as saying, "Rush Limbaugh is one of the greatest examples of the modern day Sugar Daddy. We wouldn't feel right if we didn't come forward and support him in his time of need."
In other Limbaugh news, the Missouri native is going to be honored in that state's capitol building in its "Hall of Famous Missourians" with a sculptured bust that is currently being crafted by Kansas City sculptor E. Spencer Schubert.
His likeness will sit alongside other famous state residents, including President Harry Truman, Mark Twain and Laura Ingalls Wilder.
St. Louis Today reports that the sculptures cost approximately $10,000 each and funds come from an annual golf tournament organized by state House speaker Steven Tilley -- who proposed the statue in the first place.
The Washington Post reports that Missouri Democrats are trying to stop the inclusion of the bust, but as private funds are being used they may have limited ability to stop it. Tilly said on Monday, "It's not the hall of Universally Loved Missourians. It's the Hall of Famous Missourians."
Peter Gabriel has pulled the use of his music from Rush Limbaugh's radio show following the host's attack on Sandra Fluke.
By Sophie A. Schillaci and Jordan Zakarin, The Hollywood Reporter
Advertisers aren’t the only ones pulling their products from "The Rush Limbaugh Radio Show."
In the wake of host Rush Limbaugh’s attack on Georgetown student and birth control advocate Sandra Fluke, musician Peter Gabriel has moved to have his music withdrawn from the controversial program. After learning that his song “Sledgehammer” was played during Limbaugh’s rant, in which he called Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute,” a spokesperson for Gabriel released the following statement:
"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."
The move comes following a mass exodus of sponsors for the program, including ProFlowers, Legal Zoom, Citrix Systems, Tax Resolutions, Sleep Train, Sleep Number, Quicken Loans and the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball teams.
The conservative firebrand sparked outrage when he said that Fluke, a college student who was denied the right to speak at a contraception hearing, was "having so much sex she can't pay for it" and that women who want insurance plans to cover their birth control should post videos of themselves having sex online.
Limbaugh issued an apology following the attack, in which he states: "For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke."