Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Imus: crazy like a fox?

Let's play pretend for a minute.

Pretend you're a 66-year-old shock jock whose ratings have tanked in the past couple of years, who is ranked as only the 14th-most-important radio talker, and who hasn't generated any national buzz in, well, forever.

Pretend that your zeppelin-sized ego can't take not being noticed.

Pretend you're so rich that getting suspended for a couple of weeks won't put a dent in your bank account.

Wouldn't you think it might be savvy to spout off something racist and stupid, hoping you would start a national firestorm, get your name back in the news, and have millions of listeners tuning in to see what fool thing you might say next?

Let's put it this way: Two weeks ago, were you even sure Don Imus was still alive?

We're all sure now.

I'm not saying he thought all this out in advance. I'm just saying he's not exactly broken up at how it's turning out.

So what do YOU think would be the proper punishment? If any? Let your imagination run wild below.


Anonymous said...

Maybe Jesse, Al and Imus are in on it together. I can almost hear the conversation:
Jesse: Hey Al, we're beginning to be yesterday's news.
Al: Yeah, and the Presidential election is still a ways off so the really stupid people aren't in full force yet. Who can we get to help us out?
Jesse: We need a "has been" white guy, who is no longer at the top of his game. No Al, not Phil Mickelson.
Al: I got it, the old, stringy haired, pasty faced, formerly drunk guy with the radio / tv what IS his name?

Anonymous said...

Have you seen Imus lately...I'm still not sure if he's alive.

Anonymous said...

This debacle against Imus is another ploy by "Brotha" Al Sharpton and "Brotha" Jesse Jackson to jump on another bandwagon for free air time using their black race as a tool. They act as if they never have made any racial comments. On "The Today Show" Meredith and Matt confronted both Jesse and Al about racist comments.
What a convenient time for
these Imus issues to arise this week. Not only are the so eager to get a "white" man fired but to get middle class college students convicted of crimes they did not comment, in which brings me to the following:

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and other members of the NAACP were the first to jump on the band wagon in Durham so quickly to accuse our 3 Duke Lacrosse players. This too gave them free airtime. Now that our players have been exonerated and have been found NOT G-U-I-L-T-Y, I am waiting to see if Al and Jesse will be as quick to go back to Durham and apologize to the players. Personally, I don't see it happening.

If it wasn't for that "nappy headed ho" that accused these guys of rape and Jackson and Sharpton running to Durham to stir up their NAACP "beliefs" for publicity, then it wouldn't have been blown out of proportion. I just want to say, "In yo face Brotha Jesse and Brotha Al.!!!"

If these two guys would get their slave mentality ass off of their shoulders and concentrate on a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. which is: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience
but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

On the NAACP official website, a portion of their Misson Statement states the following, " eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination". A sentence of their Vision Statement states the following: "... all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination. Their Objective is to, "...eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States." I believe there is some hypocracy in their actions if they apply the guidelines provided. NAACP is the abbreviation for: National Association for the Advancement of Colored. The following definition for the word "colored" provided by is:
Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[kuhl-erd] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–adjective 1. having color.
2. Often Offensive. belonging wholly or in part to a race other than the white, esp. to the black race.
3. Often Offensive. pertaining to the black race.
4. influenced or biased: colored opinions.
7. Often Offensive. a. a black person.
b. the colored, black persons as a group. Apparently they are a little "offended" by their own NAACP.

I will be emailing Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, North Carolina President of the NAACP. I will keep you posted of all, if any replies for their plans of apologies to Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans.

G. Shelton
Dallas, NC

easmachine El said...

Hey G Shelton, Your ignorance is showing. In case you didn't know, the NAACP is about a hundred years old. The word "colored" was a step up from the labels people like you were using at the time. I'm 44 years old and my birth certificate from Iredell county identifies me as colored. Should I go back in my time machine and change it, or should I let it ride.

You miss the entire issue, which is not surprising given your apparent dislike of Mr Jackson and Mr Sharpton. The fact is that Imus DID slander the Rutgers Basketball team. I belive in free speech, but I don't have to support the companies that support bigots on the radio by buying their products. That's more than turning the other cheek, it's masochistic and sick. The Duke Lacrosse players may not be guilty as charged, but they apparently employed prostitutes which doesn't qualify them for sainthood or the medal of valor.

What really seems to be getting peoples goat is the fact that the Plantation system is breaking down. How dare the slaves get uppity with Massa?

Don't worry. If you're a white man in America, you're still privileged. Just not as much as you used to be.

Since you want to quote MLK, let me give you something to consider. Be more selective in the battles you choose to fight or are you supporting Imus and the Duke boys by the color of their skin or the content of their character?

g whitener
Denver NC

4sho said...

Would anyone want their daughter, mother, or whatever to be called that? What if Imus called a women's lacrosse team "dirty white b**ches"? Or called Asian women "rice cooking ho's"? It is not right and Imus was at work. I cannot go into a meeting at my job tell everyone they are a bunch of "dumb@ss ho's". There is a time and place for things, and at best his timing was off.

More importantly what about the basketball team? There were 10 college students a few days ago, now they have to own this title. Every time they walk on campus or do their regular routine, people will be thinking about this and whispering, etc. College can be wonderful for most young adults. How many people want to deal with this, who wants to be in their place? Now they are receiving hate mail and death threats because of how the rest of the world is reacting. Is that OK? Is it OK to be held responsible for the consequences from a terrible comment made about you by someone you have never even met. Even worse it is totally untrue.

The most upsetting is how it was said. Most people never heard the original broadcast when the comment was made. If you listen you will notice the producer called them "some rough looking ho's" first. Then he and Imus laughed, then Imus made his now famous comment. My point is how naturally the comments flowed. If I were in that studio I would be offended by the producer's comments and would have acted in way to reflect that. Not laugh and then add on my own "ho" comment. It has become common place to say whatever you want. Words like that dehumanize the person they are describing. Why not say retarded instead of developmentally disabled? Because it is offensive and makes the person a little less human. Midget vs. little person?

I think the outcome is necessary to wake people up. Imus and others have said it is in rap music and black people speak that way all the time. Not all black people, I assure you. People have been against rap music since the inception, so this is not new. Now that a prominent white male, a member of the dominate group in America, has been called on his actions it is the music industry's fault. I think not. I know a place where people are smoking crack, but I do not want to join them. The problem is those words are built into people's vocabulary and we just accept it, not understanding the damage of those words. It goes beyond hurt feelings and a slip of the tongue. It sends the message that this is how we view women, or black women in this respect. By not doing anything we tell children is OK to speak and think this way. Would it be excusable if your daughter's 1st teacher said,"All Ho's turn in your homework"?

Anonymous said...

I am more concerned that Imus will be back on the airwaves - maybe on Sirus satellite. The only way that Imus and others will fully appreciate this lesson is if he never comes back on the air. Now may be a good time for Imus to look at new opportunities that do not include public speaking.

Anonymous said...

why will the observer print 'faggot' but not 'nigger'?

Anonymous said...

Just what we need...another liberal conspiracy theory. Did you check in with Rosie prior to posting this hypothesis? Do you really think any person would knowingly initiate the process of branding themselves a racist in todays hypersensitive season of political correctness? Don't forget to take your med's and say hello to nurse Ratched.

Anonymous said...

Imus was wrong period. Why take up for the slum he got was coming to him. Let his defenders be called name they would be irate and understandably so....

Anonymous said...

I'll never understand why it is that a man who was paid to be shocking and get ratings got fired because he said something shocking. They're only words. They can't hurt you. People should have got over it and ignored the old man.

Anonymous said...

"I SMELL A RAT"...Something funny is going on with the Duke case. Folks, lets use some common sense here. If a woman accused you of raping her and goes into vivid detail about what took place, only to later say she can't recall if anything really happened? Then the accused goes after the District Attorney? If it was me, not only would I go after the DA, but I would demand a public apology from the accuser. We have not heard anything else from or about the woman??
I think the actual truth of what took place is ugly: I think those guys offered her money for sex, she agreed and did the acts, and when it was over they didn't pay her or took the money back, and she cried rape.
I think their rich parents wrote a fat check to her and her lawyers to make this problem go away, now their parents are doing damage control by going after the DA.

Anonymous said...

imus is a great person and radio disc jockey. He will be back on the air soon. He had 10 million radio fans tuning in each day.Had more viewers on MSN than another show on MSN than and Now. If we American are going to let trouble makers like crooked Al Sharpton and Jessie jackson say what is right or wrong, this country is in Big Trouble..jh