Monday, April 09, 2007

Dump Imus

NOW has everything you need to quickly send a letter demanding that Imus be fired for his racist and sexist comments about the young women on the Rutgers University women's basketball team.

Imus will be on the Al Sharpton's show this afternoon. Sharpton is leading the campaign to have Imus fired.

Media Matters --

IMUS: That’s some rough girls from Rutgers. Man, they got tattoos and –
McGUIRK: Some hard-core hos.
IMUS: That’s some nappy-headed hos there. I’m gonna tell you that now, man, that’s some — woo. And the girls from Tennessee, they all look cute, you know, so, like — kinda like — I don’t know.
McGUIRK: A Spike Lee thing. . .
ROSENBERG: It was a tough watch. The more I look at Rutgers, they look exactly like the Toronto Raptors.

Frankly, I'm a little surprised at all the attention this is receiving. Imus makes offensive comments all the time. That is, after all, what the shock jock business is all about. This time, the shock jock has apparently called the wrong people's daughters "nappy-headed hos."

Yet Imus is far from the worst of the shock jocks.

If it weren't for the racist aspect of Imus' comments, I seriously doubt that anyone would say a word. The day we call for people to be fired because of sexist remarks, they'll all be under fire. Eh, Bill Maher?

Pam at Pandagon has a really great post on Imus and the politics of "nappy" hair: "Imus is just the latest idiot to take a racist swipe on the air like this. Look at the furor caused by radio host Neal Boortz last year when he made comments about former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, who chose not to wear an acceptable, in his eyes, 'assimilationist' hair style."