On Tuesday, legendary conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh reacted to actor Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscar acceptance speech, which the host said went beyond liberalism, qualifying as “feel-good wackoism.”
“We’ve become very disconnected from the natural world,” Phoenix said on Sunday at the award show. “And many of us, what we’re guilty of is an egocentric world view, the belief that we’re the center of the universe. We go into the natural world and we plunder it for its resources.”
“We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and when she gives birth, we steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable,” “The Joker” actor added. “And then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal.”
“Boy, do we suck,” Limbaugh reacted to the soundbite. “Yeah. That’s the Academy Award, best actor for a movie appropriately called The Joker.”
“We are the center of the universe, Mr. Phoenix,” the radio host explained. “Humanity is the center of the universe by design. We are the stewards of the universe. We are the stewards of the natural world. We are the ones bestowed with the intelligence and the compassion to do it.”
“We have more cows and more milk than anybody knows, and there isn’t a cow in the world that is anguished when her calf is taken away for more than five minutes because she doesn’t remember it. It’s a gift of God,” he continued.
“Remember the story, Mr. Snerdley, a cow fell into a frozen lake, and the media was there to see it, and other cows didn’t even care. They didn’t even notice it. One day the cow was there. The next moment it disappeared in the water,” Limbaugh outlined. “But the media wrote that neighboring cows were looking on with great concern. They don’t have the capacity to look – (interruption) hope and fear. Hope and fear. They don’t have the capacity for hope and fear.”
“Humanity has to feed itself,” the host stated. “The means by which we do so has been given to us by God. We are the stewards of.”
“These people are literal fools,” Limbaugh continued. “This is what this writer means. They don’t know what they’re talking about.”
“This is not even liberalism. This is just some sort of feel-good wackoism that seeks primacy by placing humanity on no higher level than any other living organism,” he added.
Limbaugh announced earlier this month that he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.
“I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you,” he told his loyal listeners. “I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Diagnosis confirmed by two medical institutions back on January 20th.”
Limbaugh assured his listeners that he was a close relationship with God and noted that he is not experiencing any symptoms.
“I told the staff today that I have a deeply personal relationship with God that I do not proselytize about, but I do, and I have been working that relationship tremendously,” he said. “I am, at the moment, experiencing zero symptoms.”
During the State of the Union address last week, President Donald Trump awarded Limbaugh the Medal of Freedom.
Partial transcript via RushLimbaugh.com