Should Don Imus be fired for his racial and sexist comments? By - April 11, 2007 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrintGoogle Related RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR FUBAR Return of overseas profits: Another Trump fantasy FUBAR Growing Russia probe overshadows tax bill hype White House Mueller gets thousands of Trump transition emails 34 COMMENTS What “IS” “Politically Correct”? Does anyone REALLY know? As far as I’m concerned, as long as you don’t “rub” the current Adminstarion wrong, in ANY shape, form or fashion, that the 10% of America runs, you’re “in”. Kinda makes you think what showing up for the elections “might” be able to do…huh? (Unless of course you live in Florida…bought and paid for by the “you-should -know-by-now if you’re posting here” Some of you seem to desire censorship for a program I doubt you have ever watched or listened to. Many of us are aware that Fox News has been writing letters to the sponsors of Keith Olberman’s program to force him off the air. That is the epitome of free speech but it did not work for Fox. No! it took Imus to do the trick and the first one to pile on was Keith Olberman. Newsweek was losing numbers in their circulation until Imus began having all their writers on his show to promote the magazine. Who piled on first, the publisher, editor and the writers at Newsweek! So naturally the pressure was on to fire Imus because he was not politically correct. That action has been done many times but to have the two criminally-experienced Christian Reverends to force it did me in. Sharpton and Jackson have done more against the black community than Imus could ever do. The race war is on again and it will drive the elections in 2008. What’s a little censorship when it comes to the sensibilities of many of you here? I like the “vote with your remote” analogy. That’s what America is about…or use to be. What happend to Rev Sharpton with his anaolgy of Southerners? He’s still on the airwaves. Being an American, despite the “challenge” from our current Administration, I change the channel. What happened to Rev. Jackson with his “Hymietown” statement? I still have to hear his crap, but change the channel. One of the last bastions of freedom we have. So, what does either’s criticism (Shraptons and JAcksons) of another,(Imus) mean anything to an American? Not a damn thing! They ain’t no better or worse than each other. GET OFF YOUR ASS AND CHANGE THE DAMN CHANNEL FOLKS!!!!!! Quit whining and enjoy the the arguement that freedom allows you to have! Maybe it’s time AMERICANS take back America and the freedoms it has lost? Not a bad idea… RIGHT ON, Joe. You hit the nail on the head! Wellllll…. It looks to me like at least 3,500,000 people have opted in to “debate” on this issue. It really is a travesty that the same visceral rage hasn’t asserted itself with respect to the Iraq War, homophobia, homelessness, Bush’s administration, and other forms of human abuse. Come on, people. Worry about what’s REALLY important. And, too, while I can’t condone much of what Imus says on his show, I can at least recognize what he has done for children with autism and children with cancer. Listen to Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh, if you really want to hear controversial blather. And then, ask yourselves what Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh have ever done to improve the state of humanity. There are a host of other people on the air who offend (Jackson and Sharpton come to mind). Isn’t it a LOT hypocritical to attack Imus and give them a pass? and just as ‘free speech’ stops at yelling fire in a crowded theater, using the airwaves to spread racism, hatred and misogyny under the banner of free speech, will further erode our society and country. The upsurge of black on black violence in the 90s coincided with the increase of violent, anti-women rap music that became popular at the time. In the movie “Hotel Rawanda” the flames of hatred against the Tutsis were fanned by anti-Tutsi radio messages. Don’t think it can’t happen here. Americans tend to be absorbers of noise, not analysts of facts. Remember the timbre of the last two presidential elections. People use the airwaves irresponsibly – to stir up hatred of others who don’t support our political or religious views, to degrade the opposite sex, to give legitimacy to racism or homophobia. Free speech, yes, by all means. But respect and free speech aren’t mutually exclusive. We have met the enemy, and they is us – indeed. This is the biggest shitstorm of hypocrisy seen since Bill Clinton molested ‘that little girl.’ We all tut-tut, but racism lives within each of us, whether it is black vs white, black vs not-as-black, not-as-black vs not-black-enough or arguing over who is, say, “white” in the first place. And don’t even get me started on native Americans and the myriad human racial and/or color variations spread between darkest Africa and an albino white boy from – as my 4 year-old grandson might say, “Yew Nork City.” Despicable? Yes. Now, can we talk about the talk-radio crowd? Or the rappers? Or our country’s present administration who brand criticism as “treason?” Spare me. These right wing boneheads love to rant about freedoms until somebody says something about the Bush Administration. I’ve been booted out of here for my comments even before he was elected. I have a problem in that I want both sides to all the debates we have here and elsewhere. It takes courage for Imus to have interviews with people that he disagrees with but he gives them a chance to state their positions. I need that input. He also will review authors and knows he has the ability to put the book on the top ten lists from NY Times to Amazon.com. He does not review a book he hasn’t read. If it is truly a pile of garbage he will not review it. I need that input as I do book reviews on the internet. Don Imus does not have to work, he is multi-millionaire who uses his wealth to improve the lives of others. People despise him because he is wealthy. I have no time for that kind of nonsense. But I do know this much. If Bush endorses a candidate for 2008 he/she will be elected because people, even here are too lazy to search for a candidate they respect. The home page writers are dedicated to pointing out the assets and flaws of our candidates as well as giving our opinions of the daily news. No one knows better than I, with my long time association here that there are two or more agendas here and we often speak up for the party or action that speaks for our interests. Don Imus will be a loss for me personally and my wanting his freedom to speak is the cause, if I don’t like what he says, I turn him off. ….who knew how many capitol blue viewers were such right wing boneheads ?!?!? I don’t watch Imus because I don’t like his show, but he should not be fired for this. People can vote with their remote. If they don’t like him, don’t watch or listen to his show. Then if he is taken off the air it is because people don’t tune in and not because some people are offended by his words. We have too much censorship by the media. He has apologized and that should be enough. If I make a racist comment to one person, they can reply. They can debate me. They can call me a racist. But what if I am on the radio with my own program and I own the microphone? Now what? I make a racist comment on the radio to 3,500,000 people. No-one can debate me. I own the microphone. If you want free speech then it has to be a two-way street. I get to call you a racist with equal time for every racist statement you make. So, if you want to make that racist statement to 3,500,000 people, then each of those 3,500,000 people has the right to equal time to debate your statement. But this does not happen on talk radio. One guy owns the microphone. It is not a dialogue – it is a sermon from the racist pulpit. Free speech means equal time. Guarantee me that and you can say anything you like on the radio. But then 3,500,000 of us get equal time to say back. Go for it! The problem is not racism, but the enormity of Imus’ ego. Day after day, he pushed the envelop with his outrageous comments. He also daily made it clear that he was too rich and powerful to have to abide by the “chump” rules which bound the ordinary members of his audience. At bottom, Don Imus is a good person. A liberal dose of humility would certainly make him a far better person. He could do an enormous amount of good in addressing racism, and the coarsening of American culture in general, not to mention that gratuitous cruelty is not necessary for comedy. Imus has sincerely apologized for what was a stupid (but non-malicious) joke. I’m still waiting for Al Sharpton to apologize to the people of New York and specifically Stephen Pagones and the family of Harry Crist, Jr. What he did was far FAR worse than Imus’ off-the-cuff joke in poor taste. Al Sharpton is probably the biggest racist on the planet! Imus’s remarks were racist and sexist and hurtful to the young women. I applaud them and their coach, who certainly have risen to the occasion and brought him up shortly and defended themselves. So, now he has the opportunity to have his consciousness raised and change. If he continues to spout off like this, he will be viewed as a cretin. What is also true is that the term “ho” is, after all, a black idiom. He was trying to sound “hip” probably. None of the women had “nappy” hairstyles, so that part just sounded ridiculous. The sad thing is that “bitches” and “ho’s” are terms that are so frequently used by black men to refer to all women. There seems to be a lot of rage between black men and women, and this gives them an opportunity to take another look at it…maybe heal some of it. Comments are closed.