Patricia Heaton apologizes for insulting Sandra Fluke on Twitter

Patricia Heaton apologizes for insulting Sandra Fluke on Twitter

George : WA : USA | Mar 06, 2012 at 9:56 AM PST
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Patricia Heaton had to backpedal after her insulting remarks about Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke caused a major uproar on Twitter. After temporarily deleting her Twitter account, the actress posted an apology Monday, saying she was wrong to treat Fluke with contempt and disrespect.

Patricia Heaton apologized Saturday before making her account inaccessible, tweeting, "Mea culpa Sandra! Wasn’t being respectful 2 u re my tweets as I hope people wd b w/me. Don’t like you being dissed -so sorry.”

She reiterated that apology again on Monday, writing, "I apologized to Ms Fluke last week. I may not agree with her views but I didn’t treat her with respect and I’m sorry. I was wrong. Mea Culpa."

Patricia Heaton, star of “Everybody Loves Raymond”, joined conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh in criticizing the Georgetown University law student after she testified before Democrats on why contraception should be covered by insurance companies.

"If every Tweaton sent Georgetown Gal one condom, her parents wouldn't have to cancel basic cable, & she would never reproduce -- sound good?" Heaton posted.

Patricia Heaton went on to insult Sandra Fluke in a string of tweets with Fluke’s Twitter handle, such as, "Hey GTown Gal: How about only having sex on Wednesday? (Hump day!)”

Another offensive tweet by the 54-year-old actress read, "Hey G-Town Gal: turn your underwear inside out! Then u only have to do laundry every 2 weeks—saves on detergent & trips to Laundromat!,” and also, "If your parents have to pay for your birth control, maybe they should get a say in who u sleep with. Instant birth control."

At first, Patricia Heaton denied she was wrong to launch an online verbal attack on Sandra Fluke even when Rush Limbaugh was forced to apologize after advertisers pulled out of his radio show. After deleting her Twitter account for a short time, the actress eventually apologized to the student reproductive rights activist on the social networking site.

The controversy began last week when Rush Limbaugh caused hue and cry by calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” for her support of health insurers being required to offer birth control to their subscribers. However, the controversial right wing radio host issued an apology on his website on Saturday.

“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,” he wrote.

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Sandra Fluke appeared before US lawmakers to argue that health insurance plans should cover the cost of contraception
Sandra Fluke appeared before US lawmakers to argue that health insurance plans should cover the cost of contraception
Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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