Girls Write Out
Saturday, April 14, 2007
So I was incensed when Imus got fired from MSNBC. After all, I'm a journalism major. I believe in the right to say whatever you think. I also pretty much automatically rule out any respect for Rev. Sharpton -- as I think he continues to make the race wars worse! But then, I heard what Imus actually said! And I thought -- fired? Man, they should lynch him!!!

In case you haven't heard he called this young Rutgers' women's basket ball team, "Nappy-headed hos." I can't tell you how that makes every cell in my body vibrate with anger!!! First off, he reduces women to looks! These are young girls, fresh into an EXCELLENT college, who can do anything with their lives! How dare he undermine their confidence! They're obviously smarter than him! And please. Have you SEEN Imus? There's a reason the man's on the radio! (How's it feel, dude?)

These women are role models. They go to a top college, play a college sport -- and then to reduce them to HOS!!! Who the heck does he think he is? So while I still think Sharpton doesn't help matters, to reduce a woman to her looks (hair -- like we can help that!) and call intelligent women, hos, I think Imus has proven he offers nothing of substance. Good riddance. As for you Rutgers' team, you handled yourself with grace and strength. Bravo! Kristin

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At 5:08 PM, Blogger Jenny B. Jones said...

I totally agree with his punishment and am glad consequences came so fast. BUT...it's time for people to clean up the rest of the airwaves. Rap music is INSANE. And I mean the stuff that's on regular (what used to be pop) radio. It's explicit, vulgar, and disgusting. And I'm not exactly prude material. I really, really hope they expand their scope a little wider because even though what Imus said was hideous, there are far worse things being said and called "art." It's the degrading stuff in rap and elsewhere that makes a guy like Imus think he can say that.

 
At 5:13 PM, Blogger allen said...

I believe that Imus is (and has been for a very long time) a complete waste of life-his (charity ranch for kids with cancer not taken into account here). However, I think that this situation points to something larger than his insults (for the record, he's been insulting people for YEARS and said much worse than this). No, the point here is hypocrisy. Al Sharpton is a racist and all the informed smart people know it. Why has he not said he was sorry to the Duke Lacrosse team yet? Jesse Jackson, referred to Jewish New York as hymie town and he never said he was sorry. But again, he, like Louis Farrakhan is a racist.

The true hypocrites are CBS. They fired Imus for doing what he has always done. Been an intolerant "shock jock" who constantly insults people for the way they look, talk and behave. Yet they have TV shows that are far more degrading to women (and men) then simply calling them names.

And there is hypocrisy coming from the mouth of Hillary Clinton. What does she have to do with this? Well she spoke out against Imus and said that she would never go on his show or any show that supported racism. Yet, two weeks prior she attended a fundraiser for her campaign hosted at a hip-hop producer's home. After a tad of research and a shower, you can find the lyrics to some of the songs he has produced...one contains the N word 22 times.

So yes, Imus is a talent-less hack who has been entertaining scum pond for years-doing this and far worse, but his actions and words have exposed many more sins.

Hypocrisy can be just as bad as racism.

Great post K.

 
At 5:31 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Ooh good points Jenny & Allen. Well, if it gets really bad they can always say they've checked into rehab. Read: SPA gor the weekend. Sigh.

 
At 5:44 PM, Blogger Judi said...

Imus was fired because advertisers pulled from his show due to the media coverage. CBS didn't fire him for his crude comments that should have been a violation of his contract. It all comes down to the almighty dollar unfortunately. I say good riddance to him though.

 
At 11:51 PM, Blogger Elaina said...

I agree with Judy in the sense that if the money had still been there, CBS probably would not have fired him.

I'm all about free speech. And if there's an audience for him, let him have his say idiotic though he is.

HOWEVER, these young women are not in the spotlight in the same sense that politicians or Paris Hilton/Britney types are. They're not public figures. They're young women in college who are (did you see their comments?) extremely eloquent. Since they're not public figures they don't deserve to be treated in this way.

I'm not really saying that other people do deserve to be treated that way. What am I saying is . . . if you're Rosie O'Donnell and open your yap on TV, Donald Trump or anyone else has a right to say whatever they feel w/in the bounds of libel and slander laws. But if you're a college kid minding your own business and most certainly not a public figure there's a line. And he crossed it.

I didn't feel that way initially until I thought about it from that perspective. It was actually Ann Coulter who pointed out that the difference between people ripping on her and these girls for instance is that she is a public figure, they are not. Hadn't thought about it from that direction before.

 
At 1:52 AM, Blogger Katie said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can't imagine those same comments directed to my own daughter, who's trying so hard to carve out her own life in this hard world. Makes my blood boil!

 
At 7:41 AM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

Just to show how out of the loop I am on rap language and such I had no idea what "ho" meant. Nappy-headed I knew and that alone made my blood boil. I looked up "ho" in an Urban Dictionary and my blood did more than boil, it exploded. Then last night I saw some of the rap lyrics printed out and couldn't beleive what is allowed. I'm all for free speech, but when it is said in a way that demeans and hurts other people like it did these young women it is wrong, wrong, wrong. And all this apologizing all over the place. I hope Imus learned something, but he's going to have to prove it. Someone on Fox last night said he'll probably end up on Satellite radio with Howard Stern (the one without the K) making millions out of this. What was that someone said in a previous post? Oh yeah, it's all about money and nice guys finish last. I hope these Rutgers women prove that last statement wrong.

 
At 10:42 AM, Blogger Keisha-Michelle said...

While I do believe Imus should have been fired or at least punished in some way, I also believe there is a long list of others who should be held accountable in this situation.

First, forgive me for saying this, but will Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson please shut up. As a young, black woman, I would just like to let the world know, those two men do not speak for the majority of black people. And reverends? God, help the people in their churches, if they even have churches. Maybe if they spent more time living up to the title of reverend, instead of inciting more racism in the world, perhaps we'd all be better off. I am absolutely appalled that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would decide to make this young ladies victims. I have heard those kinds of comments said about me, but I refuse to be a victim to foolishness. Those young girls handled themselves with grace and dignity and of course, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson come in to make political moves. Where were they when Imus referred to Arabs as ragheads or even called Oback Barama "that colored boy."

Second, CBS should be ashamed of itself. Imus was not fired for his comments, but because of the almighty dollar. If that's their reason for firing him, I would say they are part of the problem as well. If he was not fired for the kind of language that has made women second-class citizens in many communities for ages, then obviously, while they may not agree with what he said, they support it and his ridiculous language.

Third, the music industry is also at fault here. Hip-hop and rap have been perpetuating this kind of language for years. Unfortunately, many hip-hop artists are outraged and for what they may consider a valid reason. Mind you, I think those who refer to women as "hos", yet are outraged by Imus' comments are just as dumb, if not dumber than Imus. It's the same reasoning they use to justify using the N word like it's a term of endearment--"we can call each other that, but YOU can't." It's ridiculous. Record company execs and producers are all at fault for producing and distributing songs that glorify the idea of reducing a woman to what I refer to as a simple garden tool. What remains sadder is that some women have accepted this form of abuse, and men in their families have allowed this form of abuse to trickle down through the generations. I am glad to know that my brother will never use those kinds of words to refer to women, because had he tried when we were younger, my dad would have slapped the taste out of his mouth.

Finally, I fault the people who buy music that degrades women. From hip-hop and rap, to rock and country. Any music that reduces women to a sex-symbol or a second-class citizen is not tolerated, and the music industry would not put this stuff out there, if people weren't buying it. Our culture crazes this stuff, and until society changes it's appetite for the garbage, the garbage men music producers will keep putting it out there.

I know it's long, and I have placed blame in many places, but it was something I wanted to get off my chest, and Kristin posted before I did on my blog.

 
At 1:46 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

I don't really understand why everyone is so daggone surprised over all of this. Did you REALLY think he wouldn't do something like that? And the double standard...would he have been fired if they were white and he had called them "white trailer trash" or something to that effect? Uh, no.

I'm not supporting racism, of course, but the whole situation just befuddles me.

However, I do see that the whole music industry with their views on women has affected my life. I don't have much respect for myself and when guys view me as a piece of 'booty' or whatever I generally just accept it as a way of life. That's what I'm going to be viewed as because of my looks and even though I want to be known for godliness and intelligence it's just not going to happen and therefore, because I refuse to be reduced to a piece of booty (am I the only virgin left on campus?!) I will be alone for a good long while.

Sadly enough, this mindset toward me and some other girls is extremely evident in my church. That just disgusts me.

 
At 6:13 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Keisha, you have to post that on your blog, too!! That is fabulous and you can feel the passion!

Okay, I accidentally have a country station on and I swear the song is, "Oh I'd like to check you for ticks."

I can't think straight at the moment. LOL Kristin

 
At 8:04 PM, Blogger Elaina said...

Kristin, that is, in fact, what you're hearing. It's Brad Paisley's new release. He's got more than one of these songs. One of his other famous joke type songs is "Celebrity" where he makes fun of, well, celebrities. My favorite funny song of his is "Me Neither."

"It's nice to finally meet a girl who doesn't move too fast
I was only checkin', that's the reason that I asked
Relationships need time to grow
You and I should take this slow
And darlin' tell me, would you like to dance

Me neither
I was just bein' polite
Thank goodness
My feet are much too tired
I'm sure you're tired too
I can see an empty booth
Would you like to maybe sit and talk a while
Me neither "

Okay, stopping now. But I couldn't resist when I saw your comment, Kristin!

 
At 9:51 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

That "I'd Like to Check You for Ticks" song is my son's new favorite, warped child that he is. LOL

I was appalled when I heard what Imus called those girls. It wouldn't have mattered what race they were, using that term about college girls who have the brains and talent those girls have is terrible. They were minding their own business and following their dreams. He deserved being fired.

And Kayla, good for you! You hold your head up high and keep your purity, girl!

 

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