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I Love Don Imus

pudge (3605) writes | more than 7 years ago

United States 9

I've always like Imus. I have not listened to him in a long time, but whenever he comes back -- wherever that is -- I'll be sure to support him.

What he said was stupid and wrong. No one reading these words of mine can claim they've never said things just as stupid or wrong. No one who knows Imus, who has listened to him for years, can possibly think he is a racist.

I've always like Imus. I have not listened to him in a long time, but whenever he comes back -- wherever that is -- I'll be sure to support him.

What he said was stupid and wrong. No one reading these words of mine can claim they've never said things just as stupid or wrong. No one who knows Imus, who has listened to him for years, can possibly think he is a racist.

I don't care how many examples you bring up of him saying something you think is racist. Imus says things he thinks are funny, without regard to whether they sound racist. He is so non-racist that he does not even hear racism in the things he says, because the thoughts are so completely off his radar. There's a list of Imus quotes about women and minorities on Wikipedia, but you can find even more quotes by him that are offensive to Jews, Christians, Southerners, Northerners, Europeans, Asians, Americans ... he does not discriminate. That's the whole point. He rips on old white southwesterns too, and he is one.

You can think he is wrong to do all that. But you cannot reasonably think he is a racist, if you listen to him very often.

Our culture has a long history of racism. But by treating everyone the same, no matter who you are, Imus has done more than most people to diminish racism in this country. And no matter how you look at it, what he said was not nearly as offensive as what Jesse "Hymietown" Jackson and Al "Interlopers" Sharpton have said, especially since Imus was only joking.

That's not to say Imus wasn't wrong -- and I feel terrible, and angry, for those young women whose lives have been upset by his stupid words, and the ensuing spectacle -- but let's get some perspective here. Imus has been a positive force against all sorts of discrimination for decades, and Sharpton and Jackson have been leading forces for isolation, segregation, and discrimination.

Essentially, Imus was made a scapegoat for societal unease over racism. It doesn't matter that he is not a racist, it doesn't matter that he was only joking, it only matters that we hate racism and want to take our anger out on someone. Even though that someone is one of the last people who deserves it.

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9 comments

I disagree (1)

GMontag (42283) | more than 7 years ago | (#18712499)

His crap was wrong and uncalled for. Glad he is getting the shit and a lot more people in the media should get what he got, including hymietown Jackson and Jewish-interloaper Sharpton, along with all of those rap folk.

He holds himself out to be some sort of serious information show where brainey people sell books to his rich brainey neighbors in Manhattan. Now we can all see what limo liberals say when they think they can get away with it.

It would be different if he was doing a comedy show like Don & Mike show, Opie & Anthony, Howard Stern or something like that. But he is Mr. Smartest Person in the Rooom, Green-Tree-Hugging, John Kerry blowing "only Republican on the Upper-West Side" Leftist.

Glad he is gone, now let's get rid of the rest of the Leftist racist skum.

Re:I disagree (1)

pudge (3605) | more than 7 years ago | (#18712977)

His crap was wrong and uncalled for.
I agree with that.

He holds himself out to be some sort of serious information show where brainey people sell books to his rich brainey neighbors in Manhattan.
All I can say is: you obviously don't listen to his show. There is a lot of that, but a huge chunk of the show is barely one step above fart jokes.

Re:I disagree (1)

GMontag (42283) | more than 7 years ago | (#18715447)

All I can say is: you obviously don't listen to his show. There is a lot of that, but a huge chunk of the show is barely one step above fart jokes.

I watched his show pretty often on MSNBC and I obviously did watch it because I knew about the "brainey book" part while those who never watch his show usually only know about the fart jokes part.

What happens when Russert (or anybody) dares appear on the Today show before Imus? That's right, he throws a fit and they make nasty jokes about the "fat bastard".

Re:I disagree (1)

pudge (3605) | more than 7 years ago | (#18715627)

I watched his show pretty often on MSNBC
Then I don't know why you said his is not a comedy show like Stern's, when it largely is just that. I used to listen to his show en route to work, back when I drove to work. Just because he has the brainy segments, doesn't mean he doesn't do the other stuff too. He does.

What happens when Russert (or anybody) dares appear on the Today show before Imus? That's right, he throws a fit and they make nasty jokes about the "fat bastard".
Right. Exactly. It's called comedy.

Two words about Sharpton (1)

sulli (195030) | more than 7 years ago | (#18718917)

Tawana Brawley.

Re:Two words about Sharpton (1)

pudge (3605) | more than 7 years ago | (#18721403)

No kidding.

If someone is going to attack people like Imus, does it have to be someone who is DEMONSTRABLY WORSE than Imus? :-)

Re:Two words about Sharpton (1)

GMontag (42283) | more than 7 years ago | (#18727619)

I agree on that and much of the negative things that can be said about the man, but he got something right this time.

Full disclosure, I contributed $25 to his 2004 campaign because I was not able to contribute $1,000,000 to the Bush campaign.

Sure. (1)

sulli (195030) | more than 7 years ago | (#18727717)

Imus deserved to be fired. But Sharpton needs to get similar treatment for his misdeeds.

This one we can agree on... mostly. (1)

Arker (91948) | more than 7 years ago | (#18728329)

Oh, I'm not going to say I love Imus. I really find his show pathetic, actually. Hence I rare watch it. But I've been exposed to enough to know what it's like. He's not a racist, and the comment he made is not intrinsically racist either. The media shitstorm over this is even more pathetic than Imus' show. He's been saying crap like that every day for years, and suddenly they pick out one pathetic attempt at humour out of hundreds of thousands if not millions of similar pathetic attempts at humour and make a mountain out of it. Must have been a slow news week.
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