Sunday, April 15, 2007

Hence the Title

Sometimes, when you want something done, a girl's just got to do it herself.

It's not surprising that Deidre Imus had to finish up the mess that her husband Don left after he was fired from his show at CBS Radio.

It's not shocking that Vivian Stringer and ladies that she coaches at Rutgers emerged from the "nappy ho" controversy smelling like roses. Ironically, New Jersey and the nation have rallied around the Rutgers women, showering them with increased attention, donations, applications and appreciation.

The men involved in the sordid tale have not exactly been knights on white horses. Don Imus tried to apologize, but couldn't manage to do so without further inserting his foot into his mouth. Al and Jesse have baggage. Stuart Scott thinks "ho" is a term of affection. Snoop Dogg, with his simple ass, knows the difference between an ordinary ho and a student athlete ho, but is not exactly operating with a clean slate.

And Jason Whitlock is chiming in, he who is best known for slurring other Black people. I definitely don't want him defending me or those of my ilk, no matter how much he gets paraded on Fox News or Oprah. Whitlock is the same writer who most recently referred to Black women as "baby's mamas on income tax refund vacations" and has a whole resume of articles about the fun times he's had at strip clubs. Jesse and Al have done more for America than Jason's "real talk" has done for anybody. And that's real talk.

There's no point in trying to distract from what Don Imus did. Namely, there is no point in trying to blame hip hop music. Frankly, anyone who wants to reduce hip hop music to an endless loop of "bitches" and "hos" doesn't know anything about rap music. And it's minimally valuable to try to change the topic to rap or porn or any of the other many ways in which American culture demeans Blacks or women. Those methodologies definitely deserve their own separate discussion.

In the end, Don Imus wasn't punished by Al or Jesse, or the high hand of the law, or even morality. It was simply dollars. And if Mr. Imus can't glance at his list of commercial sponsors every now and then and tailor his content accordingly, I can't feel that sorry for him when he missteps.

So let me just stand up for myself on this issue. I'm not for censorship, but we regulate our speech all the time. There is simpy a time and place for everything. We talk differently with our friends, our parents, our co-workers. And now Don Imus has learned that he needs to regulate his speech on his radio show. And if Imus is still inclined to call somebody a "nappy headed ho", I hope he picks a more appropriate time and place. Obviously, it's not on the broadcast airwaves.

5 comments:

Signal to Noise said...

Whitlock makes a perfect political pundit: full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, like every other talking head on cable TV. He's more than willing to tell other people not to throw stones when he lives in the biggest glass house on the block.

Gangsta D said...

Preach Brother Signal, preach.

In two weeks Whitlock will have an agent, if he doesn't already. In 2-4 months he will have his own show. In a year, we will all be under the thumb of Jay Love. What a glorious time that'll be...

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Don Imus wasn't punished by Al or Jesse, or the high hand of the law, or even morality. It was simply dollars. And if Mr. Imus can't glance at his list of commercial sponsors every now and then and tailor his content accordingly, I can't feel that sorry for him when he missteps."

Ma'am, I understand the point you are attempting to make. However, really, no sponsors were talking about pulling out until the Rev's took this up. Imus has been making similar statements for years, and the ad dollars kept flowing. It was only when the Rev's raised the roof on this that the ad's started to become an issue. So yea, it was about money. But the money wasn't an issue til the Rev's rocked the show.

bigyaz said...

Well, if you want the Rev. Al as the spokesperson for black America, go for it. But he's not at all about promoting dialog, or understanding, or healing; he's all about promoting the Rev. Al.

Ted said...

I've never watched Imus but I suspect he was shocked by the reaction one off-hand comment created. When I first heard about this, I had no idea it would have caused the deep reaction it did. But then, I'm white and somewhat clueless.

I'm not defending him but the boundaries of what you can get away with on talk radio are very murky. All these morning show guys push the limits all the time. If any one insults women on a regular basis its Howard Stern. And then theres loudmouth limbaugh.