Actress Patricia Heaton attacks Georgetown law student on Twitter, deletes account

Twitter users have called for a boycott of The Middle after Heaton echoed Rush Limbaugh's statements about Sandra Fluke/


Fernando Alfonso III

Internet Culture

Published Mar 5, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 8:32 pm CDT

After talk show host Rush Limbaugh called a Georgetown law student a “slut” on his Feb. 29 radio program, Twitter exploded with backlash against the 61-year-old conservative.

And while thousands of people, including President Barack Obama, immediately came to the woman’s defense, actress Patricia Heaton stood up for Limbaugh on Twitter.

Heaton called Sandra Fluke “G-Gal” and insulted statements she made at the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, where Fluke argued for contraceptives to a part of her health-care coverage.

“Hey G-Gal: How about only having sex on Wednesday (Hump day!),” Heaton tweeted, according to a screenshot taken by @angryblacklady. “Hey G-Gal: stop buying toothpaste, soap and shampoo! You’ll save money, and no one will want to sleep with you!”

Heaton has since deleted her Twitter account, but that hasn’t stopped tweeters from calling her out.

“Time to boycott The Middle with Patricia Heaton,” tweeted Bonnie Hare (@BJHare), regarding Heaton’s show on ABC. “She put out some vile tweets re:BC & also penned high praise for Breitbart. She’s toast.”

Limbaugh apologized for his remarks Sunday, saying he “did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.” Yet the apology seems to have fallen mostly on deaf ears, as AOL announced on Monday that it will become the eighth advertiser to pull away from Limbaugh’s syndicated show in the last five days.

Now Heaton’s program is literally caught in The Middle of the controversy.  

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*First Published: Mar 5, 2012, 3:50 pm CST