Peter Gabriel Forbids Rush Limbaugh from Using His Music

Advertisers aren't the only thing Rush Limbaugh has lost in the kerfuffle over his tirade against a Georgetown Law student.

By Sam Schulz
|  Thursday, Mar 8, 2012  |  Updated 6:03 AM CDT
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Peter Gabriel's music won't be airing on Rush Limbaugh's show anymore.

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Peter Gabriel is none too happy that his music was playing in the background when Rush Limbaugh went on his much-maligned tirade against a Georgetown Law student last week.

The cantankerous conservative radio talk show host's "slut" remarks about Sandra Fluke, who testified about birth control coverage before Congress, had all aired alongside Gabriel's 1986 hit "Sledgehammer."

Livid at the remarks, Gabriel pulled permission for Limbaugh to use his music in the future, a representative for the pop singer wrote on Facebook.

"It is obvious from anyone that knows Peter's work that he would never approve such a use," the representative said, to the tune of thousands of "likes," the Daily Mail reported.

"I am a real believer in the Freedom of Speech and would defend Rush Limbaugh’s right to mouth off about almost anything," the one-time Genesis frontman — and Nobel Man of Peace winner — later wrote. "I just don’t like my work being used as the bed track for prejudice or hatred."

Limbaugh touched off a firestorm of criticism after he attacked Fluke on-air, calling her a "slut," likening her support for a birth control insurance coverage mandate to prostitution and demanding that she post videos of herself having sex online.

After advertisers began jumping ship and President Barack Obama called Fluke personally to apologize for the kerfuffle, Limbaugh later offered a limited apology but downplayed the fallout.

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