As the US Supreme Court battle for free speech in video games closes in, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is adding his support for video games as art.
A Friday caller to Limbaugh's show quickly explained the details to the host, walking him through the upcoming Supreme Court hearing of Schwarzenegger vs The Entertainment Merchants Association and then asked what Limbaugh thought of the whole thing.
Limbaugh quickly throws his support behind video games, using the upcoming battle to talk about his take on the Fairness Doctrine and concerns of government being too heavy handed in personal choices.
"Join me any time the government tries to impinge on anybody's speech," he said. "Join me when the government tries to tell you can't eat trans fat. Join me when the government gets involved in all these other behavioural and speech things that they try to tell you and control us we can't do: What kind of car we have to drive, whether or not we're responsible for global warming, the kind of light bulb we have to have, where our thermostats are. Get on board, my buddy. If it's taken a video game to get you interested and have the light go off, to have you see what liberalism is all about, I'm glad to have you on our side, 'cause I agree with you. Leave your game alone. The people that put together these video games are artists in their own right. If you're gonna start saying that video games are raunchy, then how the hell do you leave cable television alone?"
Check out the transcript of the full call over on Limbaugh's website, and don't forget things get very real on this topic on Tuesday. We're sending Stephen Totilo to Washington DC to sit in on the hearing and cover what happens in person. Check back next week for our in-depth coverage.
Leave the Video Games Alone! [The Rush Limbaugh Show - Thanks uu7349!]