Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Don Imus - Early Contender?

Fellow blogger Lily alerted me to this new story on shock jock Don Imus. Apparently, when discussing a Dallas Cowboy who was recently arrested, Imus had the following dialogue:

Warner Wolf: "He's been arrested six times since being drafted by Tennessee in 2005,"
Imus: "What color is he?"
Wolf: "He's African-American,"
Imus: "Well, there you go. Now we know."

Imus said he was defending African Americans because they get arrested in disproportionate numbers. Now without seeing the transcript I can't say, but given his past history, his excuse is suspect...


12kyle said...

i've been debating this with a few brothers today via email. Imus has my vote! Hands down

TravelDiva said...


Smarty Jones said...

First off, Imus has been a joker for a long time, it didn't just start last year with his infamous remarks about the Rutgers team. This is the same guy who called his wife a "green ho" because she's environmentally conscious.
He may not have meant what he said the way it sounds but his past does make him suspect.
On CNN American Morning, John Roberts interview Dick Gregory (I love him by the way) he said that he accepts Imus' explanation but he also said that the man should have been cognizant of what was coming out of his mouth.
Gregory's reasoning was, loosely paraphrased: If I am convicted of molesting a child in 1978 and I get out of prison after having paid my debt to society, you'd be stupid to let me babysit your grandchild based on my past.
Uh, I love Dick Gregory!!!

TravelDiva said...

LOL Smarty! That's a good quote! He just should avoid suspicious conduct for real.

Yeah, Imus has been suspect for a long time. I was really mad there wasn't more of an outcry when that guy was on his show and said that venus and serena williams were more likely to appear in national geographic than playboy. Only Jet magazine covered that friggin' story. SMH

Eb the Celeb said...

Very suspect... but if he back on the air then there is nothing that anyone is ever going to do about it. He's one of them old people that are stuck in their ways and never going to change and the media industry just excuses it.

Now I am not in any way of fan of pacman or and quite frankly hate the fact that he is most likely going to be a cowboy next season, but I do feel like something is fishy here.

Product Junkie Diva said...

I heard about this story....Imus is a mess but clearly some people will always forgive him.
Product Junkie Diva

TravelDiva said...

Eb - That's true. He has a huge following and if nappy headed h*s didn't deter advertisers, it's doubtful this will.

PJD - I saw a poll on CNN and most folks thought Imus's comments were "misunderstood."

nadja said...

I don't buy it one bit. It flew out of his mouth because that's how he really feels, he freaked because he was afraid he'd get fired and fined and whatnot, so he decided to try to claim he's SOOO supportive of minorities, not a complete racist. Whatev. He gets my vote also.

lily said...

Travel diva - I dont know if it's too late but I have another contender for you... Ralph Nader... and am sure yall heard what he said about Obama.. that joker really must be desperately seeking attention!