Monday, April 09, 2007


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Don Imus using derogatory words to describe anyone's physical appearance is as unintentionally comedic as The Juice searching for the real killers. Have you seen this man? The radio host of "Imus in the Morning" looks like he's been cryogenically frozen long enough to have been around to offer commentary when Moses parted the Red Sea.

So for him to call the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos," is not only appalling, but downright laughable when you consider the source.

Only there was nothing funny about Imus and his executive producer Bernard McGuirk taking turns calling the Rutgers women's basketball players "hos" on Imus' Thursday morning show.

McGuirk called them "hardcore hos," but Imus corrected him, calling the Scarlet Knights "nappy-headed hos." Then sports announcer Sid Rosenberg joined in the fun and said the Rutgers team looked exactly like the Toronto Raptors.

But, they weren't done: McGuirk kept things rolling by comparing the women's national championship game between Rutgers and Tennessee to the "Jigaboos vs. the Wannabees," which is in reference to a scene in Spike Lee's 1988 film "School Daze." Lee was actually trying to illustrate a serious point in the movie, but these clowns used it to joke about the difference in physical appearance between Rutgers and Tennessee. It was insulting to all female athletes, not just black women.

Friday morning, Imus apologized for the comments, but that apology isn't nearly enough.

Imus is somehow considered a legendary broadcaster, but all I see is a bigot with a microphone. There is nothing edgy, provocative or funny about calling PBS' Gwen Ifill, a black woman and respected political journalist, a "cleaning lady" or accusing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of trying to act black. Imus said Clinton "will have cornrows and gold teeth before this fight" with Sen. Barack Obama is over.


The National Association of Black Journalists also released a statement on Friday condemning Imus for his remarks and calling for all journalists to boycott Imus' show. A strong start, but that's not enough, either.

Imus should be fired. He's been given a free pass for far too long.

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