Friday, April 13, 2007

“Ho”-pocrisy In Action

There's been too much press on Imus and his grave "sin" already...but I think a couple of final thoughts are worth considering. 1) I hate shock jocks. Always have. What they do is protected by free speech, unfortunately, but I’ve never seen for one moment the value in getting onto the airwaves and talking dirty. That being said, however, for the first and probably only time in my life, I’m with Howard Stern: Imus should have just said, “F*** you, it was a joke.” And left it at that. Shock jocks are in the business of saying outrageous things. That’s what they get paid for. If you honestly believe that with all the filth these guys put into the air every day, “nappy-headed” is somehow “over the line,” you need your own head examined. 2) The Rutgers Women’s Basketball Team will never have it so good again. They didn’t even win the NCAA title. They lost. That doesn't mean they deserved to be mocked the way they were. But they're not "heroines," and their school hasn't been damaged in any way by this. In fact, the opposite's more likely the case. Think about it. Here's a program that lost the national title game and still got more national face time than the winners! There's a lesson here for all NCAA schools: get offended by someone, somewhere, put on enough shock and sadness, and you'll laugh all the way to the bank. In fact, in fairness, Rutgers probably ought to pay Imus a bonus for the PR he's given their program. 3) Jesse Jackson was curious by his absence in this instance, until it dawned on me—this was radio. Hence, no photo op. If there’s no photo op, you fail the test of a cause Jesse will get behind. Besides, those girls were getting all the face time he would have had…meaning they clearly had the situation under control already. I guess every (fraud) crusader has to know how to pick his battles. As for Al Sharpton and his nonsense? Give me a break. He’s just mad because it was a hair joke. 4) Finally…if inside your culture, your slang includes foul names for yourselves, then don’t scream when someone outside your culture picks up on that. You’ve already lost that right. The term “ho” is such common slang now that it doesn’t even connote anything anymore. And as far as “nappy-headed” bringing to mind the other “n” word? News flash: within the black community, that “n” word is slang as well. And no one gets a weapon out when they say it. No one goes on TV and demands someone be fired. But worst of all, the black community makes folk heroes, and very rich men, out of rap and hip-hop stars who call women way worse things than “nappy-headed ho’s”—and who advocate much worse behavior toward those women in song lyrics. So whose side of the street needs cleaning worse? Hint: it’s not Don Imus’s. And it wasn’t from the beginning. Time for coffee and something sweet to wipe the taste of this out of my mouth, Janny

3 comments:

Donna Alice said...

What always amazes me is the mountain people can make out of a molehill. Having spent the past week with the sudden death of my great aunt--the funeral, the silliness of her son and his wife who didn't want to do anything nice for her--one rose and a spray of baby's breath for their MOM--I'm a bit put out with all the people who spend time on Imus or Anna Nicole.

My opinion to them is to just SHUT UP. Which probably isn't politcally correct either---

Deb said...

I'm no conspiracy theorist--I haven't the time for such things. But don'tcha sometimes wonder if we're given Anna Nicole and Don Imus to distract the public's attention from other facts: like our economy's melting down; we're losing good men and women in a war one man thought was a good idea; all our jobs are being exported; the government no longer works, and is taking an ever-higher proportion of your salary to do it?

Hmm? I wonder...

T2

Janny said...

Actually, there is a better way to get the straight scoop on all the above than relying on most of the present media outlets....
Take a look at

http://www.aim.org

and get the other side!

Janny