Jon Stewart set Twitter on fire Monday night and into Tuesday morning with a message for Rush Limbaugh: #F*@KYOURUSH.
Stewart featured a report on the Boko Haram terrorists holding more than 200 schoolgirls hostage in Nigeria, and the #BringBackOurGirls campaign on Twitter in support of efforts to save them.
But on his radio show, the conservative host ripped the effort, even calling a photo of First Lady Michelle Obama with a #BringBackOurGirls sign "pathetic."
And that prompted Stewart into an epic takedown of Limbaugh.
"You know what Rush, you're right," Stewart said. "Sometimes the world has to choose sides."
Showing a photo of Malala Yousufzai with a #BringBackOurGirls sign and one of Rush, he gave viewers a chance to choose sides.
"So that's our choice: Malala or Rush -- the quivering rage heap who is apparently desperately trying to extinguish any remaining molecule of humanity that might still reside in the Chernobyl-esque superfund cleanup site that was his soul," said Stewart. "Who should we choose? Well I don't know, why don't we tweet our votes to hashtag #F*@KYOURUSH."
Twitter responded in a big way, with some people using the made-for-TV censored version of the hashtag, and others spelling it out. Here are a few samples:
— Rebecca Westby (@greenleeves) May 13, 2014
#F*@kYouRush, because I can't say that enough every day.
— Neil Nadelman (@docsane) May 13, 2014
— The Klute (@the_klute) May 13, 2014