A running rant about bad television, crappy products, horrible service, mindless politics, corporate and government ineptitude, moronic media, marketing overload, public idiocy, stupid entertainment, etc. Here's what's annoying me today:


Feeding Frenzy

For over a week, it's been all Imus, all the time. This is such a frenzy, and there are so many double standards and such hypocrisy on all sides here, that it's impossible to even make a judgment or know where to start.

While I wouldn't call myself a fan of Imus himself, I am a regular listener of his show. Sure he's a craggy fossil, and often clueless about even his own opinion, but somehow, I find his show entertaining. Hey, I often like Andy Rooney too.

The nappy-headed hoes comment was stupid and offensive, but is it any moreso than the everyday putdowns that drive his, and most other radio talkshows? To me it was just his attempt to be cool. The term is regularly tossed out in hip-hop music, and he probably just threw it out, both to be funny, and to appear more with-it than his resemblance to the Old Man of the Mountain would suggest. As with many radio hosts that are double the age of their listeners, he often uses terms he doesn't fully understand in a pathetic attempt to be relevant.

But with all the offensive language that is regularly heard on the airwaves, whether it's in hip-hop music, talk radio, or on Comedy Central, who would ever guess that this one offhand remark could become a week long, 24-hour news story, and would potentially end his career? In a world where there are often no boundaries, how is one to know when one has been crossed? As William Hurt's character in Broadcast News says: "It's hard not to cross, they keep moving the little sucker, don't they."

The bottom line is that if Imus is fired over this, the real right-wing hate mongers like Rush Limbaugh better be fair game too, as well as the pushers of hate-filled music and comedy.

Labels: , , , ,


Anonymous tim said...

In 2005, Al Sharpton launched a boycott against Universal Music Group for "peddling racist and misogynistic black stereotypes" through rap music.
He also called for the FCC to ban violent rappers from radio and television.

I think he's being fairly consistent here.

Limbaugh of course should be fair game too. But I think the reason this comment in particular set off the firestorm is because it so succinctly encapsulates the misogyny and racism in three words.

1:04 PM

Anonymous politicsrocks said...

are you done blogging? Get back to work

4:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imus is back and Al Sharpton still sucks! Have you checked out his new show?

4:35 PM

Anonymous Kenny said...

Experience an easier way of shopping for bespoke suits & shirts at Euro Tailors

Kenny Surtani

10:46 AM

Anonymous prior lake curtains said...

He's just stating his words.

11:54 AM

Blogger Christie Parker said...

This is an excellent post and very insightful.You have done really very good site. Great work, great site.Your site offers valuable information and good looking.I am very impressed to watch your site.I hope that you can improve. Success you will wait the next day.
3d wall panels
glass mosaic tiles
glass tiles
glass and stone tile
Interior wall panels
3D wall decor
Stone glass mosaic
kitchen tile backsplashes

7:17 AM


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home