Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Another one of "April's Fools"

Don Imus, a MSNBC / CBS radio host, has been suspended for two weeks for calling the Rutgers female basketball players “nappy-headed hos.”

---Thus landing him at the top of my fools list (or possibly I should rename it: "stupid mother-fuckers" list)

---TWO weeks? Only two weeks? How is a two week vacation going to make up for this?

“What I did was make a stupid, idiotic mistake in a comedy context,” Imus said on his show Tuesday morning, the final week before his suspension starts.

---A COMEDY CONTEXT? I don't hear anyone laughing:

"There's no question that this was so wrong on so many levels: racist, sexist, misogynistic," said Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women. "It wasn't much of an apology," Gandy said of Imus' attempts to repair the damage. "He didn't say actually he was wrong. What he said was he was insensitive and thoughtless. In other words, 'Well, of course, it's all true. I just shouldn't have said it on the air.'" Appearing on Sharpton's show, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, a Michigan Democrat and chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, also raised the issue of chauvinism. "I mean, who says 'hos' publicly?" she asked. "What is that? That is probably one of the most derogatory things any woman -- black, brown, yellow, white -- could even ever experience."

Will the ignorance ever end?


Anonymous said...

Freedom of speech is a beautiful thing. Unfortunatley it works both ways. Even if you don't like what they are saying.

gifted-1 said...

I'm all for free speech, EVEN if I don't agree with it.

Free speech doesn't = speech free of consequences

Samurai Sam said...


This isn't a free speech issue. No one's suggesting that Imus be thrown in jail or kicked out of the country. But free speech is not without its consequences. Imus can say whatever he wants on his show but he also has to be prepared to live with the fall out from what he says. He's just an old fashioned sexist racist prick who's trying to hide behind the "Jeez can't you people take a joke?" defense. It's lame, he's a bigot and now everyone knows it. MSNBC is booting his simulcast, as they should. He can be as much of a racist as he wants, just not on cable TV anymore. Good riddance!