My Thoughts on Imus

Everybody should know this story by now. Not that it’s actually newsworthy but regardless it’s been all over the news. For those of you just emerging from a coma, radio shock jock Imus is in hot water for referring to members of the Rutgers womens basketball team as “nappy headed hos” on his radio show. A media backlash ensued after which Imus went on Al Sharpton’s radio show to apologize. So to recap so far, this guy went to this guy and the issue is a comment about hair. So far so bad.

Anyhoo this this entire fiasco began with a terrible attempt at humor, not terrible simply because it was offensive, mind you, because a punch line’s extreme funnyness can go a long way to excusing poor taste, but terrible because his statement bore the further ignominy of being singularly lame. This was not one of those cases where the listener was forced to stifle a laugh in the name of political correctness, the “joke” was so bad that there was simply no laugh to be had in the first place.

SECOND of all, this so-called “shock jock” further compounded his situation by surrendering what could have been his safety chute. He could have claimed the moral high ground by turning this whole thing into a free speech issue, which at this point would have been his only saving grace. Instead he apologizes to a public who is guaranteed NOT to accept his apology (Honey, it’s not what it looks like!). Now I don’t know this guy and I don’t know his show but if he has any fans at all my guess is that these actions are now going to alienate his core supporters. I mean, what kind of shock jock apologizes???

Third of all, this issue is getting entirely more attention than it deserves. In my mind the proper response from coaches, players, and TV personalities to the Imus question should have been as follows:

reporter: What do you think about the statements that Imus made on his radio show?

interviewee: I don‘t think about them.

See that? Now it’s a non-issue and now we can go on talking about important things and people instead of getting bogged down on Imus and Al Sharpton. But by feeding into the hoopla and the circus (carnival?) atmosphere, this story has become more prominent than it ever should have.

What’s more, like blood in the water, it has also drawn out the enemies of free speech who seek to impose morality and civility by applying the mighty screws of regulation to strangle the first amendment. We move thus from worse to worser. Remember, Al Sharpton is the guy who asked the FCC to punish rappers for their violent lyrics, proving once more that there is no problem so big or small that the left can’t solve it with government interference. This, my friends, is not the America that I want to live in and I furthermore don’t think it’s the America that the Founding Fathers intended.

I think when a radio show host has the temerity to exercise his First Amendment right by referring to black women as “nappy headed hos”, Americans who are offended should exercise their First Amendment rights by responding “Who cares what that crazy cracker thinks?” Answer speech with speech and we can all maintain our rights thereof, without having to wonder how we will craft regulations that try to determine what speech is permissible and what would be offensive to whom. Oh, and by the way, Sharpton and Imus: BOTH you motherfuckers need a haircut!!!

7 Responses to “My Thoughts on Imus”

  1. But their hair was pretty nappy

  2. Phelps says:

    Actually, UNLV, that was the first question I asked myself since I read this (I have been hiding in my room since Friday). Are they nappy headed hos? I’m not up on the NCAA rules, but I’m pretty sure the boosters are allowed to leave a comb lying around the locker room if anyone needs it.

    I’m not sure about the hos part either. I thought that all women’s basketball players were lesbians. Can you be a lesbian ho?

    The one thing that I do know is that once, when I was sick, I tried to watch Imus on his TV show, and that was the worst half hour of my life. The guy sounds like Brockaw after three valiums and a six pack, and even that isn’t funny. He isn’t funny at all. He isn’t even clever. And the people he surrounds himself with aren’t funny either. I mean, I don’t like Howard’s show and it doesn’t make me laugh, but I understand what people find entertaining on it. I don’t understand what the draw is for Imus.

  3. Phelps says:

    Death penalty for Imus. And Russ Martin can suggest using a Peter Gabrial song as the theme for putting the TENS unit on Eddie and he’s #1 in the afternoon.

  4. mexi says:

    It’s no win for me. I didn’t want Imus OR Al Sharpton to win.

  5. Yollie says:

    that was a good one….miss hearing all this stuff from you!

  6. Dan Stowell says:

    This story is proof once again that humans have barely evolved above monkeys,facilitated once again by the media.

  7. Phelps says:

    You should call your next one “My Thoughts on Anus”

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