Thursday, April 12, 2007

Don Imus Fired: Licked By His Own Tongue

Last night, MSNBC did "the right thing" as Spike Lee has said and fired morning talk show host Don Imus of Don Imus In the Morning. I applaud MSNBC for listening to their staff, some of whom are African American and were very offended, advertisers, and consultants on this one as Imus certainly did not need to "go there" with his April 4th racist comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team. Sid Rosenberg should not escape punishment either since he was the one who started and instigated the comments and neither should Bernard McGuirk.
You can say what you want about Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson. I applaud them, too for having the backbone and courage to stand up, not only for the Rutgers team, but for women of color everywhere. Rev. DeForest Soaries, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, the pastor who will be "mediating" Imus' meeting with the basketball team was one of several guests on the Today Show yesterday. He said that had Imus called one of the white women executives at NBC at "white, ugly ho" he would be fired, and that to only suspended Imus for saying something worse about young, black women was a double standard. Thank you MSNBC for doing the right thing.
Here are the April 4th comments that led to Imus' firing and the description.

YouTube Video Description

On the April 4 edition of MSNBC's Imus in the Morning, host Don Imus referred to the Rutgers University women's basketball team, which is comprised of eight African-American and two white players, as "nappy-headed hos" immediately after the show's executive producer, Bernard McGuirk, called the team "hard-core hos." Later, former Imus sports announcer Sid Rosenberg, who was filling in for sportscaster Chris Carlin, said: "The more I look at Rutgers, they look exactly like the [National Basketball Association's] Toronto Raptors." McGuirk referred to the NCAA women's basketball championship game between Rutgers and Tennessee as a "Spike Lee thing," adding, "The Jigaboos vs. The Wannabees -- that movie that he had."


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