By now, you’ve probably read or heard something about radio host Don Imus and his reference to the Rutgers women’s basketball team as "nappy-headed hos" on April 4th. MSNBC & CBS Radio suspended Imus for two weeks as a result of that remark.
Despite having issued an apology for the insensitive remarks, Imus has come under numerous attacks in the days since. Notably, infamous Rev. Sharpton called Imus’ comments "abominable and racist," repeatedly demanding that Imus be fired. Notorious champion of the people, Rev. Jesse Jackson & his enraged entourage picketed with signs, shouting "Imus must go," and insisting that Imus’ comments contribute to “a climate of degradation.”
There’s no defense for his ill-conceived, hurtful comment — and I’m no great fan of Imus’ droning patter anyway — but just the same, I really appreciate Michelle Malkin’s candor & perspective in her blog entry: Imus vs. the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks Chart (Warning: Strong language.)
One dumb shock jock’s insult is a drop in the ocean of barbaric filth and anti-female hatred on the radio. Imus gets a two-week suspension. What kind of relief do we get from this deadening, coarsening, dehumanizing barrage from young, black rappers and their music industry enablers who have helped turn America into Tourette’s Nation?
Malkin lobs a well-deserved grenade of guilt at the self-righteous Reverends & their opportunistic cohorts for being quick to condemn Imus for a one-time gross error in judgement yet conveniently overlooking the onslaught of vile racial- & gender-degrading junk (a.k.a. "music") that consistently dominates the media. (See Billboard’s top 10 Rap songlist.) In short, Malkin’s well-stated indictment syncs with my rants about much of urban music is morally bankrupt.
Update: Imus has been fired. Great. Now that they’ve established that there’s to be no tolerance for racist or misogynistic language, maybe those same outspoken community leaders can focus their moral outrage at the media & advertisers for their promotion of – and profit from – the negative characterizations, vulgarities, & antisocial behaviors found in most Hip Hop & Rap culture…