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Apr. 10th, 2007

I have the urge that if I could figure out how, I'd send Don Imus some Hostess Nappy-Headed Ho-hos.

But I saw his picture this morning.

Dude looks like this, he doesn't need my ridicule.

You may have never heard of Don Imus. Back in my fledgeling radio days, Imus was one of the legends. This is the days before Howard Stern. We're talking 1973 well into the '80s doing mornings on WNBC in New York. He was the first widely known irreverent personality, sort of the proto shock-jock.

That's ancient history now. These days he sounds like he swallowed a wheelbarrow. He's been doing sports commentary on MSNBC. Now he's recieved a two-week suspension for saying that the Rutgers women's basketball team looked like "nappy-headed hoes".

Was it inappropriate? Yes. But how much of the controversy is coming because this is an old cranky white guy trying to come across as hip to the lingo?


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Apr. 10th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
His book, "God's Other Son" was quite funny. I used to listen to him on local radio back in the mid-90's, but that station changed formats and I have not heard him since (well, except snippets here and there).

I heard a bit on this on MPR as I was getting up, so of course I only caught something about Rutgers... Women... Offended. So I did not pay much attention.

If this is really outrageous, does it get more press than any other cantankerous old white man saying something stupid? I am thinking here of Pat Robertson (we should assassinate Chavez, people in city x should not pray/be surprised when god causes a disaster there) or the fucknut Phelps blaming pretty much everything on homosexuality. I fear this will get much more attention (negative attention) and they will be asking for apologies, etc. When do those religious cantankerous old white men get called to the carpet?

Apr. 10th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
Every old white fuck with backward attitudes should be reprimanded for being a prick.

He's not trying to be hip. He's a sexist, and a racist and he didn't manage to hide it very well. He should experience consequences for his behavior, preferably to the tune of never earning another dollar peddling bigotry.
Apr. 10th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
Watch out, you will put every goddamn abrahamic monotheistic preacher out of business. Oh wait, that is a good thing!

Apr. 10th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
I was gonna post about this. But now I don't have to. :)

I land on the "dude overstepped the line and s'gotta go down" side of this one. The girls...ugh, those poor girls. They were trying to speak to the press, but kept getting all choked up. The coach said something to the effect of, "It's not a race thing or a woman thing, it's a hate thing. How would you feel if your 18-year-old daughter was called a Ho' on national television?"

He's on the record as stating that it was a stupid mistake. And it was. But you don't get to make stupid mistakes like that in public media and keep your job. Sorry dude, you hurt people, you shoulda known better.

And before someone beats me to it -- the only reason evil men like Rush Limbaugh stay on the air is because the stations make money off of their controversialism. I'm not for censorship, so I'm not gonna say that the haters need to be shut down. But I also don't see an argument that Don Imus should *not* be fired as holding any water.

Apr. 11th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
Ah, the brilliance of penguins.
Tom Tomorrow already said it better than me.


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