Frontier Former Editor

April 13, 2007

On people with big mouths . . . .

Filed under: Satanic verses, scumbags — Frontier Former Editor @ 3:06 am

I’ve refrained from saying much about the Imus dustup until now for the same reason that any sane person would avoid stepping between two vampires fighting over a used Band-Aid.

 But now that Big Don is looking for work and that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are basking in their victory, please allow me to make a few observations.

 First, if Martin Luther King Jr. and W.E.B. DuBois rose from the grave today, I suspect that they’d roll up a newspaper and smack Jackson and Sharpton across their noses for being cheap rabble rousers and manipulating this whole debate to depict themselves as leaders of public opinion. In the end, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson fundamentally are no different from Father Charles Coughlin  of seven decades ago or Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson.

 Second, Imus has either bored me to tears the few times I’ve bothered to listen to him or just underwhelmed me with whatever he’s been trying to pass off as talent, savoir faire and a finger on the pulse of the nation. In this case, he’s simply lived down to my expectations. With all this talk about how he’s raised money for charities, perhaps he ought to think about how he should have maintained his effectiveness in that role.

 Third, everyone is right on one point – when can one call someone a ho’? If it’s not good for Imus, why in hell is it good for anyone else?

Fourth, corporate America – and, I’ll be willing to wager, John Q. Public – has merely behaved in the same time-honored, gutlessly incremental manner it always has when faced with a choice between profit and public outrage. In that aspect, Imus can be compared fairly accurately with the string that was the downfall of the Dalkon Shield.

Fifth, Rosie O’Donnell – despite her general attempt through her career since VH-1 to make noise to be noticed – managed to stumble across one good point: part of the firestorm was simply an opportunity to wield force on the part of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. This aspect was not a ‘black thing,’ as Sharpton and Jackson would have had many of us believe as they trolled the news and morning show circuit.

And sixth – and probably most significantly – one of the Rutgers players observed that Imus’s ‘nappy headed ho’s’ were also somebody’s daughters.

I think everyone needs to sit down and watch ‘Blazing Saddles’ so everyone’s sensibilities can be offended.


  1. i agree.

    Comment by anna — April 13, 2007 @ 10:12 am

  2. I’m too woefully underinformed about politics outside of my own little corner of the world to comment.

    but I’m glad you’re back posting

    Comment by nursemyra — April 13, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

  3. Amen. I used to have respect for Jackson, but no. He’s just a grandstanding power-sucking vampire.

    Comment by raincoaster — April 13, 2007 @ 1:06 pm

  4. i forgot to mention that imus neglected to become a rap star before making his comments. maybe he should have met with eminem first, gotten some pointers.

    Comment by anna — April 13, 2007 @ 6:32 pm

  5. I agree that Imus is an annoying little noisemaker. But actually I was more surprised at the number of people who were willing to give him a pass on this.

    I find his remarks somewhat less offensive that the eliminationist rhetoric of the right-wing hate radio hosts.

    But since I don’t feel they should be allowed to pollute the Bay of Discourse with their bilge in the first place, I don’t see anything out of line in firing him.

    As I said over at my own blog, what would people have said had he called them “hymies”? How about “nips”? Or “chinks”?

    Of course one might say that since the word “ho’s” turns up all the time in rap music, it’s not necessarily an offence.

    So does a certain double-g word. And had Imus used that one, he’d be out on his tochus, no mercy.

    But let’s say it’s thoroughly acceptable to call women “ho’s”, including women who happen to be black. But okay.

    So really the question is: Is “nappy-headed” insulting or racist?

    Me, I find it both. And I don’t give a rat’s ass what Sharpton says.

    Imus got a pass on this once before. Clearly he’s forgotten the lesson; but he’s trying to play victim.

    Comment by Metro — April 13, 2007 @ 11:28 pm

  6. I would like to give Sharpton a swift boot in the tucchus! He is such a poseur..a Jesse Jackson wannabe a ‘go to’ black ubiquitous commentator who has an answer on anything..and everybody has to quit addressing him as Reverend and start calling him NEVERend!

    Enough already….NEXT!

    Comment by homo escapeons — April 16, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

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