Thursday, April 12, 2007

It Wasn't Just the Racism.

Does anyone doubt that if a d.j. called this team of young women "some bleach-blond skanks," that d.j. would have been fired as well?

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6 comments:

AliasKid said...

Strong language warning- I like the argument being made that it's somehow OK that he called them "'Hos", because it's not exactly whores. But if it had been a team of guys playing and he said they were playing like a bunch of fags, nobody would say, "Well... he didn't say faggot."

grand old partisan said...

Well, according to the rules of political correctness, apparently only an African American dj would be fired for saying that; a white dj wouldn't have anything to worry about.

I wonder if the Revs. Sharpton and Jackson would find that hypothetic senario fair.

So-Called Austin Mayor said...

I am constantly amazed that so many people let their contempt for Messrs. Sharpton and Jackson cloud their thinking.

Imus used slurs to ridicule female college athletes who did nothing, absolutely NOTHING, to merit the slurs.

Back in the day, I would have expected a conservative to step up and defend the honor of young women.

I guess times have changed.

-- SCAM

grand old partisan said...

SCAM,

I wasn't pointing out the double standard as a way to excuse Imus's remarks. I was simply responding to the hypothetical you posed.

For the record, I think it was right for Imus to be fired. The Rutgers team should be held up as role models, not ridiculed with cheap, degrading stereotypes.

But I also think that it's wrong for people like Obama (at your request, we'll leave Jackson and Sharpton out for a momement) to call for Imus's scalp but then have a credibility-besowing sit-down with Ludacris (sp?) and have the "Nappy Roots" open at his rallies.

Your thoughts??

So-Called Austin Mayor said...

"I also think that it's wrong for people like Obama *** to call for Imus's scalp but then have a credibility-besowing sit-down with Ludacris (sp?) and have the "Nappy Roots" open at his rallies. Your thoughts??"

I think there is a fundamental difference in responsibility between 1) an individual associating with musicians with objectionable lyrics and 2) an individual calling women athletes "nappy headed hos".

grand old partisan said...

SCAM,

Allow me to clarify:

I am not drawing moral equivalences between Obama and Imus; I’m drawing them between the musicians (and their producers) and Imus.

My point about Obama is related, but not correlated. That is to say, my criticism of Obama is not meant to excuse Imus.

But, can you deny that Obama is either blatantly hypocritical here, or at least disconcerningly lacking in rational perspective?

After all, the lyrics of the musicians that Obama has met with, has perform at his rallies, and make millions of dollars for his good friend David Geffen are FAR more vulgar, and on balance, more damaging to the African American community than Imus’s unquestionably dispicable attempt at humor. So wouldn't be more fitting to make a feckless call for Imus to exercise more “responsibility” and demand that someone lose their job over the excesses of the hip-hop industry, not the other way around?

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