Don't get me wrong here, I'm not
defending Don Imus for what he said, I don't even want to touch this
subject, but it does involve two of my passions, sports and freedom. Besides,
defending free speech should never be about defending only your
If you care about
free speech and freedom in general, and you take up the cause of
defending her, then to be consistent, you should defend all speech and
A TV evangelist once said of pornography,
"the day they outlaw it altogether is the day before they come
and shut me down". Of course he doesn't want porn out there in
front of kids or people who don't want to see it, but those adults who
choose to look at it should have that right, lest they come for his
sermons. He'll just try to warn them of the dangers and the evils
of it, and let them make the choice.
If you don't want to see or hear something that's
on TV or radio, change the station, and if you don't want to hear a
sermon, leave the church. That's what freedom is all about. Of course
on the public airwaves there are restrictions in place, by the
FCC, to help prevent kids from hearing adult content, but it's
In the case of Don Imus, it's not even an FCC
issue, he didn't swear or break any of the FCC restrictions. He
offended some Black female college basketball players by calling them
"nappy headed hoes" (sp?). Not cool, and maybe not even
funny to anyone, but to have him fired even after he apologizes is ludicrous.
(no, I'm not talking about the rapper who's lyrics are about as
demeaning to black women as you can get. He has a song called
"hoe's in my room", listen to it sometime and tell me it's
Change the station if you don't
like Don Imus, or agree with his type of humor, tell people that he's offensive if you are
really bored and don't have a life, but don't call for him to be
fired. Let the free market fix that, or just realize that there are
people in this free country that aren't worshiping what you represent,
and they might actually find the guy funny.
Tell me that no
Black girl has ever made fun of a "redneck" or
"hippie" or a white boy with a mullet. ( I was made fun of
for my mullet at times when I was young, so I know the answer to that
one. But I was ok, after years of counseling and therapy)
We are all different, and we
all have different customs and fashions, and sometimes we
poke fun at each other. Why is it that there are certain groups out
there that can't take the joke or fire one back, or just ignore it?
(who listens to Don Imus anyway?).
They have to get the ministers and
non-profit groups out for the protests and the press conferences and
they have to get a guy fired from his job??? (sounds like a thing
Jesus would do, NOT)
In an age where we have x-rated movies, shock
jocks of all kinds, some crazy cult religions and rap music, all of
which are defended under the constitution, yet all of which are
offensive to someone, Don Imus should be able to make a thoughtless
joke, a slip of the tongue, without having his livelihood taken away.
Not just that but now some Black leaders are actually calling for
"language control"? What the heck is that?
simple, the free market should take care of Don Imus this way; nobody
listens to the show, sponsorship dries up, show is cancelled - End of
story. We really don't need the government to shut it down, and we
really don't need any kind of "language control"!
Please, I wish that our so-called civil rights
leaders of today would either find God (for real) or just be honest
with their motivations and intentions. Money and power are what drives
these false profits and fake Reverends.
Are you telling me that the
Reverend Jessie Jackson, and Al Sharpton truly believe that if Jesus
came back today, his biggest problem would be with Don Imus?
If Jesus were going to overlook the crime and corruption
that exists in this country today and focus on offensive forms of
entertainment and comedy, and somehow blame our social ills or racial
injustices on that alone, I think he'd take a hard look at the Def
Comedy Jam and Rap music before he'd ever consider Don Imus and his
comments. (especially considering Imus' ratings)
Jessie and Al couldn't care less about fixing the
problems that face African Americans today, because fixing them would
put them out of work and leave them with nobody dependant on them.
Besides fixing the problems which face African Americans with respect
to crime and poverty would involve brutally honest conversations and
challenges to the communities in which those conditions exist. And
they don't have the guts to challenge anyone with the real word of
Don Imus is not a sign of any greater problems
that exist in the country, period, and they know it.
don't act like an elitist who cant'
be made fun of.
Next time someone offends you either fire back
(let me help you here, Imus is a funny looking, one-lunged,
wrinkled-up cowboy..see it's easy), ignore it, or let them know and
give them a chance to apologize. Especially when that someone is
a comedy dude on the radio with a cowboy hat on, who you never listen
to anyway! And if you are going to claim to be a Christian, you
HAVE to forgive him on God's terms and not your terms and conditions.
(Pick up a Bible sometime)
I mean come on, that press conference with all of
those girls and the sad faces was an amazing thing to see. Are you
telling me that they are "stressed out" and that Don Imus
"stole their moment of glory?" (Actually Tennessee did that
by WINNING THE GAME) I mean is that all it takes? Holy
was made fun of, lived in poor conditions at times in Brockport, NY
and had all kinds of challenges growing up. That's life.
Do you know what my preacher said to me about
that? He said that you are going to have to learn how to deal with
challenges of all types and how you deal with those challenges will
define you and will be the answer to handling those challenges. He didn't
call a press conference and try to get someone fired.
If you can't handle someone making fun of you,
grow up and deal with it. Don't try to get a guy fired, and don't mess
with free speech and try to "control language". Last guy who
was into controlling language and free speech was a bad guy, trust me,
it didn't work out too good for a lot of people.
If you let a guy like Don Imus ruin one minute of
your life then you are to blame for that. Don't let anyone get to you
like that...sticks and stones may...but words will never!
Don Imus should have his job back, and if people
want to listen and he sells some commercials, then so be it. I don't
listen cause I don't find him funny, that's my choice.
Turn the station and
get on with your thin-skinned, teary-eyed life, please!
...Thatís just My