I know I'm late to the bus on this one, but I hadn't heard the clip until Friday and I was really busy over the weekend.
So I don't really understand the whole Don Imus situation. I understand he got fired for an inappropriate comment, but it really didn't sound so bad.
I should preface with saying that, while I have listened to Imus in the Morning occasionally, I've never been a fan of Imus. I think he's creepy-looking and I don't like his radio style.
But I don't feel like what he said was any worse than anything else he, his radio team or even any other radio personality has said.
Sure it was insulting. And maybe he could've come up with a better way of saying the Rutgers University women's basketball team looked rough, but "nappy-headed hos" doesn't seem like a fireable comment. Not with all the other comments heard on the airwaves.
I don't think Imus was being racist or even all that malicious. I really think he was just commenting on his observations of the game.
I may not be black, but I am a woman and don't especially like being called a ho. But I wouldn't expect someone to go apeshit and demand punishment.
Of course, no one really cares about the "ho" part of the comment.
I feel like we're becoming a very strange nation. On the one hand, it seems weird that we're so inundated with language and images that would have shocked people twenty years ago.
On the other, we are so sensitive! Everything revolves around "me" and if "you" should dare to be offensive to my ideas, you must suffer!
What really surprises me is the fact that people grabbed onto "nappy-head" and made an issue out of that. But if you can keep yourself from shutting off the clip in some wild outrage, you'll hear more comments.
Like the one from Bernard where he refers to the game as "the jigaboos versus the wannabes."
I know that he was referring to a Spike Lee film. But I feel like that's the comment that turned Imus's words into something racist.
I'd blame Bernard, but I guess you've gotta go for the person with the bigger name.
ps--I would like to apologize in advance to any ape that may be angry with my comments. I'm just a good lady who did a bad thing.