Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Imus- Should he have been fired?

Most of the individuals involved in the mainstream media reacted to Don Imus's controversial comments with the outrage usually afforded only to serial killers or Rush Limbaugh. To listen to them, Don Imus should be fired immediately for calling Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos". Although what Imus said was undoubtedly wrong (and ridiculous, given the team's classy press conference), it was not nearly as big a deal as some well-meaning but ill-informed people thought it was.
There were many who thought the whole comment completely outrageous, and that it should not be allowed on the air. What they forget is that Imus was a shock jock!!! What were they expecting, something kind and decent? That is little like being surprised if Howard Stern tells a dirty joke. Even if Imus had said something that you couldn't hear during your average rap song (the clean kind), should he have been fired for doing his job, which consists of being sarcastic and cruel?
Imus was a jerk, and it is possible to make a strong case that he shouldn't have been on the air in the first place, much less with a respected company like CBS. However, the sudden rush of moral outrage is incredible for its hypocrisy. I personally won't listen to Imus, when he finds another home (he will). Yes, he is funny, but so is a bully laughing at the fat kid in the cafeteria. I perfer not to laugh at cruel jokes. But if you want him off the air, critize him for something real, not a completly phony, made-up issue. If the term"nappy-headed ho" is so intolerable, he should have been off the air years and years ago. People should make up their minds- either our culture tolerates racebaiting, religion bashing, sexist shock jocks or we do not.

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At May 3, 2007 at 2:52 PM , Blogger DD2 said...

Do I accept Don Imus’s apology? No I don’t. I don’t accept anyone’s apology when it is self serving, ala Mel Gibson’s. I could only imagine if Rush, or Bill OReilly said anything like that. There would be a media uprising.
But I didn't want to see him FTRED because of the likes of Al Sharpton.

 
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