I guess we can look forward to more prison documentary shows in place of the morning Don Imus radio simulcast. First Imus was suspended, now it has gotten worse. MSNBC has decided to drop the syndicated talk shows radio simulcast under the pressure from Don Imus’ ill advised comments regarding the Rutgers woman’s basketball team. Could some one answer me one question? With all this attention given to Imus and his stupid comments against the young black woman of the Scarlet Knights, where is the same outcry against the rap industry that does the same if not worse every day?
NEW YORK (AP) – MSNBC said Wednesday it will drop its simulcast of the “Imus in the Morning” radio program, responding to growing outrage about the radio host’s racial slur against the Rutgers women’s basketball team.
“This decision comes as a result of an ongoing review process, which initially included the announcement of a suspension. It also takes into account many conversations with our own employees,” NBC news said in a statement.
MSNBC’s action came after a growing list of sponsors—including American Express Co., Sprint Nextel Corp., Staples Inc., Procter & Gamble Co., and General Motors Corp.—said they were pulling ads from Imus’ show for the indefinite future.
Two things are for certain; one, Don Imus’ comments were way out of line and ridiculous especially when targeting a group of individuals that were far from public figures. Going after a group of young female, college basketball players who’s only fault in life was that they fell one game short in an incredible run in the NCAA basketball tournament. That hardly makes them a public target for ridicule. They presented themselves well in their press conference, more than one can say for Don Imus’ mean, insensative and ridiculous comments.
The 10 members of the Rutgers team spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday about the on-air comments, made the day after the team lost the NCAA championship game to Tennessee. Some of them wiped away tears as their coach, C. Vivian Stringer, criticized Imus for “racist and sexist remarks that are deplorable, despicable, abominable and unconscionable.”
The other is could we please have some commonality in the going after Don Imus’ head? His comments were rude, sexist and racist. However, so are those of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, the two self appointed black leaders who have made more than their fair share of ignorant, racist and falsely accusatory comments over the years. More than that, where does everyone think the term “hoes” and “bitches” came from that so commonly makes references to women? The answer would be rap. So where are the “thought” police in going after the source? You mean to tell me that MSNBC, their parent company and all the sponsors that vilify Don Imus have no connections to any music artists that promote rap music?
Vivian Stringer, the Rutgers woman’s basketball coach made a statement that Imus’ comments “are deplorable, despicable, abominable and unconscionable.” Agreed. However, does Vivian Stringer and the Rutger’s girls feel the same about black rap artists who say the same comments if not worse in their lyrics? I hope known of the Rutgers team has any songs down-loaded on their ipods from Snoop Dog, Luacris and the rest. The point being, don’t just make it appear that Don Imus is the only one who should be penalized for making a stupid comment, their is an entire music industry that make millions off these same comments and even worse lyrics about black women every day. Where is that out cry?