Thursday, April 12, 2007


Will somebody please, please, please get fucking Don Imus and the fucking Rutgers basketball team off my television? Please?

Yesterday morning, the Today Show dedicated the whole first half hour to this drivel. The spousal unit finally changed the channel in disgust.

I hate to say it because I think he's creepy, but I agree with Imus - he's apologized enough.

I'm wondering why anybody is so surprised that this happened. WHAT? A shock jock made a nasty comment about someone? Blast! And how about all the rappers and comedians who say the same thing? Why is it sometimes OK? Wouldn't it be more effective for the black community to police themselves (I feel similarly about the Muslim Middle East and terrorists, BTW)?

I'm of the opinion that the team members, and most certainly the coach, are hamming it up immensely. They keep saying it's especially hurtful because he doesn't know us personally. So you're saying this would be nicer or more appropriate coming from your boyfriend, or your teacher, or your boss? Get a thicker skin, ladies. There's many worse things that could happen to you. Life is not all lollipops and hugs and butterflies and somewhere deep inside I think you know that this man bore you no ill will. He's just trying to get paid by spewing the nonsense his listeners want to hear.

And it is nonsense. I've seen interviews. There's not a nappy haired young woman in the bunch. Can't speak to Imus' other characterization, but I doubt he'd be privy to that information either.

Some years ago, Howard Stern got yanked off the air in Denver because he made comments that were offensive to surviving Columbine family members. There was no big to-do, no massive media coverage. His advertisers yanked their money and one day he was just gone. Why can't that happen now?


Tanya Espanya said...

I'm always surprised at how everyone takes everything so personally.

I don't care what anyone says about me, or my family or anything because it's irrelevant.

I know I'm excellent.

And I'm the first one to cut up my family anyway.

Don't know if you've ever read The Four Agreements, but the best one is, no surprise, Don't Take Anything Personally.

1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don't Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don't Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

I guess I should do my own post on this instead of cluttering up your comments.


chelene said...

I think Imus just wanted to get fired and try his hand at satellite radio. I smell a plot!

Sarah Ashlee said...

I completely agree with every point you made. The media coverage is ridiculous. Get this topic off my the web...and off the radio. There are so many other important things we can discuss. Can't we move on???

Slave to the dogs said...

Tanya - the 4 Agreements are indeed words to live by. And both sides in this situation violated more than one of them.

Chel - could be. Then he'd be even with Howard Stern again and you know that has to be chapping Imus' ass.

Sarah - it boggles the mind, some of the topics the media chooses to latch onto.

mur said...

Living in a backwater and not watching tv has its advantages, I have no idea what you are talking about, signed: Blissfully Ignorant.