10 April 2007

KingCast responds on sexism and racism: Fire Don Imus for calling Rutgers lady hoopsters "Nappy-headed hos."

This post is in response to a comment in this post about Boston's new blog-feed newspaper, Boston NOW, at which my biographer James O'Brien has accepted an editorship.

I loved Don Imus when I was a kid in Cleveland. He had a show there and he's part of why I went into media in the first place, for example noted herein where I drank beers with Jerry Springer and tracked an asshole named Ken Blackwell 17 years before we started KingCast. Imus seemed knowledgeable yet playfully irrevorent and whatnot. But over the years his comments seemed to come with more vitriol and from an agry-conservative voice. So now he just seems less a role model and more like an asshole for calling the runner-up lady Rutger's basketball team a bunch of "nappy-headed hos" while praising the beauty of the Tennessee team. Excuse me but there is no professional context under which such a comment is remotely permissible. Maybe all those effin' rails he used to push up his hooter made him into the Devil, I dunno.

I have not checked in with Cousin Mike (Wilbon) on this but I can tell you that Browns Sportsblog reports that off camera the word "jiggaboo" was even tossed around.

Nice. My question is why is it that it took this long -- until Imus effed'-up and said "You People" to Rev. Al Sharpton on his radio show -- to suspend him? The print version of this NY Post story notes that this sort of behavior is nothing new for Imus.

So to anyone who bothers to tell me that racism is dead or irrelevant, you are sadly mistaken. It's still out there alive and well, and I am forever thankful that I wasn't raised that way and that all of my friends and supporters are a diverse lot.

Im my signature post I discuss Michael Richard's nigger problem while sharing this background. And in this post I point out why the NAACP Legal Defense Fund lawyer Ted Shaw is 100% correct about voluntary racial balance school programs in Louisville and Seattle (now before the U.S. Supreme Court) because when people grow up in a diverse environment they are less likely to be bigoted, xenophobic or provincial and more likely to be sensitized to the concerns of people from many different walks of life. Duh.

Related posts: I'm glad I didn't turn out like "comedian" Michael Richards or Don Imus (1/2)

Related information: Speaking of radio shows, I just found the 1990's VHS tapes of the legendary Bill Moss with Loretta Heard and me in studio, and I've got him testifying for my client Jerry Doyle in the case seen in "American Lawyer #1" where Minister Donell Mohamad also says "That's what you get when you mess with the Johnny Cochran of Columbus." Some of it will make KingCast in due time.

I spoke with President Jack about Imus yesterday 'cos he and I are always chillin' at Nashua City Hall, and he's pissed off, too.

10 comments:

Christopher King said...

Here's an apoligist on the Browns blog:

41. Oh my God, Imus says nappy, said nappy head whore and you want to crucify him. Have you ever listened to a conversation between Blacks? Ever seen Chris Rock on stage? Don Imus is a saint in comparison. Most of the replies about this are worse than what Imus said.If you don't like him, don't listen.

************

.....Ummmmm.... Chris Rock is a comedian, not a highly syndicated talk show host.

.....Ummmmmm.....And okay, the very next time a syndicated black news host calls a white women's team of any sport a "bunch of trailer-trash hos" and gets away with it, you let me know, okay?

What an idiot.

Namaste.

plez... said...

chris,

thanks for calling a spade a spade! *smile*

i guess that's not racist since i'm talking about a white guy?

Christopher King said...

As a matter of fact, Plez "Call a spade a spade" is not a directly racial term, in the same way that "niggardly" is not racial either.

If you piece together this link:

http://www.wordwizard.com/ch_forum
/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2414

......previously used in less happy period of my life to describe former, fired Jaffrey NH Police Chief Martin Dunn you will see that it's okay for you to "call a spade a spade" without regard to racial intimation.

Peace always, Plez.

-c

PS: We may be doing some film work in the ATL so maybe one day we can indeed finally meet. Do you still have the Cadillac =^.)

Edward R. Murrow said...

I agree, the guy is an anachronism, he has to go. No one listens to him, he should just go take his old thinking somewhere else. That would also serve to shut Sharpton up. And perhaps someone will metion
Tawana Brawley.

As a refresher, Ms.Brawley, a 15-year-old black girl was found smeared with feces, lying in a garbage bag, her clothing torn and burned and with various slurs and epithets written on her body in charcoal. Brawley claimed that she had been assaulted and raped by six white men, some of them police officers, in the town of Wappingers Falls, New York.

Alton H. Maddox, C. Vernon Mason joined Al Sharpton in support of Brawley. A grand jury was convened; after seven months of examining police and medical records, the jury determined that Brawley lied about being assaulted by the police. Sharpton, Maddox and Mason were later successfully sued for statements made in connection with the case, and ordered to pay $345,000 in damages. All three falsely accused the case prosecutor, Steven Pagones, as being among those who abducted and raped Brawley. A jury found Sharpton liable for making seven defamatory statements about Pagones.

Al has not paid a dime, let alone apologize for so casually trying to ruin another man. Damaging speech from a public figure, false accusations of gross and criminal behaviour in the most serious of arenas, that should not get a pass. But lets be sure we run this decrepit jerk off the air.

Christopher King said...

That Tawana Brawley affair is one of the most incredible things I have seen in my lifetime.

That having been said I don't think you can judge Reverend Al's entire career by it, either. He's made and continues to make contributions to society that are felt all throughout NYC.

And I'm no apologist for Jesse Jackson's "hymietown" bit either, funny as it was on SNL when he actually performed it. Frank Zappa I believe wrote that skit.

So we pretty much agree, and definitely agree that Imus has got to go.

Peace.

-c

Fair Play Fred said...

Agreed, but if we are gonna run Imus on a single comment which was generally offensive than we should we not run Al on known false comments with specific intent to harm? Both public figures, both with large audiences. Heck, Al even had a judgement against him.

Christopher King said...

Oh, I hear you on that. Remember though that the TB affair was entirely crazy, this is hardly the first time that Donnie Boy has issued patently hateful remarks based on one's immutable characteristics.

Peace.

-c

Keith Richards said...

That is true, Imus has been pulling this for years, I am surprised he finally is being called out. He was done years ago, its embarassing, like performers who hang on too long. He should just ride off and be a saint to someone else.

Anonymous said...

Chris,

His "you people quote" after the noted offense further demonstrated the fact that he never was; is; or will be cool.

Freedom of sceech comes with responsibility and the ego-brat has been taken to task.

As an RU Alumni I would like to direct any reader's attention to Track 5 from the Quest's "Midnight Marauders"; Imus is now in that category.

: )

Christopher King said...

The writer is referring to one of Tribe's best songs, "Sucka' nigga."

http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Marauders-Tribe-Called-Quest/dp/B0000004ZA

Funny, because I recently found my copy of that disc and have been tracking it in Lucky Number 7:

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2007/02/kingcast-rocks-boost-on-lucky-number-7.html

Peace.