Former MSNBC host and The Hill journalist Krystal Ball hit back at conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh for attempting to slut shame her on his show.
On September 4, Limbaugh lied and said that Ball “posed nude” when she was “14 or 15.”
After Ball brought up the incident on her show on Thursday, she said that he was referring to photos of her and her now-ex-husband at a party fully clothed, posing with a sex toy. It was taken shortly after she graduated college.
Limbaugh admitted that those were the photos he was talking about. But he didn’t apologize and continued to mock Ball as a “hostette” and former “infobabe on PMSNBC,” CNN reported.
“I was under the impression that when she ran for Congress … some nude photos of her from social media had surfaced,” Limbaugh said. “Well, it turns out that that wasn’t quite true.”
Those photos first resurfaced in 2010 as a tactic to deter her from running for Congress in Virginia.
“Slut shaming is an old tactic in American politics, in world politics,” Ball said on her show on Thursday. “It’s used to say that women aren’t worthy of being anything other than sexual objects. And frankly, it’s bulls***. I didn’t want to let it slide without calling it out.”
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“It’s sexist and it’s wrong, regardless of political party,” Ball said in a statement at the time the photos resurfaced. “And I have a message for any young woman who is thinking about running for office and has ever attended a costume party with her husband or done anything stupid on camera. Run for office. Fight for this country. Don’t let this sort of tactic deter you.”
Limbaugh continued to defend the rights and dignity of women on her show.
“If I did have some naked photos from when I was 14 or 15 or whenever, who freakin’ cares? It is not your job to be the moral police or to shame me or to any other young woman who may have nude photos that come out,” Ball said.
This is not the first time Limbaugh has been in hot water for sexism.
In 2012, advertisers fled his program after he labeled then-Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke as a “slut.” Limbaugh later apologized to Fluke for his comments, according to CNN.