'Bubba the Love Sponge' defends Tucker Carlson's remarks on his show

Written by on March 14, 2019

Bubba Clem, host of shock jock radio show “Bubba the Love Sponge,” is firing back at critics of Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Audio clips of Carlson’s appearances on the shock jock’s show from 2006 to 2011 were released over the past couple days by liberal media watchdog Media Matters .

Clem defended Carlson in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece on Wednesday, arguing that people have become too sensitive and can’t separate comedy from the actual views of comedians.

“I host a comedy-driven radio show for guys. Until Sunday, no one confused it with something that should be taken seriously,” Clem wrote. “ … We are rude, sometimes profane.”

Clem wrote that Carlson “adopted an edgy comic persona” and said really “naughty things” for laughs. He noted that the roughly 100 episodes on which Carlson was a guest were never a secret.

“Comedy breaks taboo subjects that release the unspoken into the air in ways that are, dare I say, funny,” said Clem.

In the excerpts, Carlson made sexual jokes about minors, appeared to defend statutory rape, and said women are “extremely primitive.” He also used a term that is insulting to gay people and made comments about race, including questioning the blackness of former President Barack Obama and calling Iraq “a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys.”

Carlson has refused to apologize for his remarks, saying he will not bow to the liberal “mob” of critics, and has the backing of Fox News.

In his opinion piece, Clem hearkened back to the days of famed comedian Lenny Bruce. Bruce broke the comedic barriers of his time, being arrested and jailed on obscenity charges in 1964. Clem compared Carlson to the Bruce, writing that he “is being smeared by a new generation of speech police for a new crime — refusing to give in to a small group of political activists who love all forms of ‘diversity except of political thought.”

“In the marketplace of ideas, these guys are shoplifters,” Clem adds.

Clem was in the spotlight in 2012, when gossip website Gawker published a clip of famed WWE wrestler Terry Bollea, known as Hulk Hogan, having sex with Clem’s wife. Hogan claimed he didn’t know about the sex tapes and that Clem encouraged the sex. Hogan sued Gawker for publishing a clip of one of the tapes and a jury awarded him $115 million in 2016.

Source: Washington Examiner – News

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