Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Freedom Of Speech ... Just Watch What You Say
If you don't know, Don Imus is in trouble for an off-hand remark he made about the Rutgers Women's Basketball Team. This remark here, to be specific:
Imus's remark, which was more silliness than anything else, has resulted (oh, joy) in the coining of a new media phrase: Diversity fatigue. Whatever the hell that is.
Back when I worked in radio, I was, for about a year, a local affiliate producer for the Imus program. I listened to Imus every morning for a year, and even talked to him on his program three or four times. I'd upload the one conversation with him that I saved on tape, but I don't know where it is. Anyway, that's my full disclosure. I sorta kinda used to work for Imus.
I'll also disclose that I enjoyed his program back then, and although I haven't heard much of it in the last ten or twelve years, I'm sure I'd still enjoy it. Don Imus invented the "Shock Jock" thing. He's been doing it for forty years, since Howard Stern was still messing in his diapers. What's more, Imus does the "Shock Jock" thing better than anyone else, in my opinion. His remarks are frequently off-color and in bad taste, but with regard to content, his program gives listeners more to actually think about than any of the other similar programs. Imus is rude and crass and idiotic, but he's not dumb, if you catch my drift.
Of course, since Imus's Rutgers remark, there's been a chorus from the left to the effect that he should be taken off the air. For all their talk about free speech, the leftists sure do want to censor anyone they don't agree with. But, then, what should anyone expect from the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? Those two idiots have made careers out of perpetuating the myth of current-day black victimhood. If they don't act like Imus's remark was the modern equivalent of a lynching, people might get the idea that it was just (gasp!) an inconsequential, stupid remark. God forbid!
Having said all that, I'll also say that I'm disgusted with Imus because of one single aspect of this whole debacle: Imus actually apologized to Al Sharpton on Sharpton's radio program.
Nobody who wants to be taken seriously should ever apologize for anything to scum like Al Sharpton. Here are a few reasons why:
- Number One: Big Al rose to fame back in 1987 by charging that New York prosecutor Steve Pagones "on 33 separate occasions" had "kidnapped, raped and abused" Tawana Brawley…. Pagones sued and won a $65,000 judgment for defamation. In 1988, a grand jury concluded Brawley "was not the victim of forcible sexual assault" and the whole thing was a hoax. In 2002, when Sharpton was asked if he'd apologize to Pagones, Sharpton replied: "Apologize for what? For believing a young lady?"
- Number Two: In 1991, a 7-year-old black child was killed in a Crown Heights (Brooklyn) traffic accident when a car driven by a Hasidic Jew went out of control. Sharpton showed up to lead protests, calling Jews "diamond merchants" and saying, "If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house."
- Number Three: "We will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business," Sharpton said in a 1995 Harlem controversy over a Jewish storeowner who had a conflict with a black rival neighbor. A protester in that case eventually shot his way through the store and burned the place down, killing eight people.
For my money, Jason Whitlock says it best:
Thank you, Don Imus. You extended Black History Month to April, and we can once again wallow in victimhood, protest like it’s 1965 and delude ourselves into believing that fixing your hatred is more necessary than eradicating our self-hatred.
The bigots win again.
While we’re fixated on a bad joke cracked by an irrelevant, bad shock jock, I’m sure at least one of the marvelous young women on the Rutgers basketball team is somewhere snapping her fingers to the beat of 50 Cent’s or Snoop Dogg’s or Young Jeezy’s latest ode glorifying nappy-headed pimps and hos.
I ain’t saying Jesse, Al and Vivian are gold-diggas, but they don’t have the heart to mount a legitimate campaign against the real black-folk killas.
Look, it's not like there aren't any good black role models out there. Black or white, you'd be crazy not to admire the acomplishments and drive of folks like Condi Rice, Thomas Sowell, Oprah Winfrey and Michael Steele. Meanwhile, who gets all the media attention? Al Sharpton, Allen Iverson and Flava Flav. With help from "brothas" like them, "Whitey" doesn't need any help from Imus to "keep the black man down."
What about all the time Bernie has put a Fed Express envelope on his head and made fun of being a cardinal? Where was the outrage? Oh, that's right it's a comedy radio show. The double standards have got to stop. You can apologize only so many times...if you don't like him don't listen to him. If you're an advertiser, pull your product if you're offended. At the risk of being politically incorrect let's be real about something...Do you think anyone gave a darn or even heard of the Rutgers basketball team before this?
So what can we expect now from his show...Imus in cornrows?, a black sidekick?, Imus endorsing Obama for president? only Italian and Irish slurs? Imus entering politically incorrect rehab?
Sheesh, can we get back to real news like Birkhead's baby???
check it out the author takes al, jesse and don all to task
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