So here we are, reading a ton about Don Imus and about his racist remarks on his show. In less then one week he gets booted from his show and his career is pretty much over. I was actually quite fascinated with the speed these serious decisions were made. On one hand, I'm glad his remarks were taken so seriously. He was wrong, he was inappropriate, he was out of line! So many people listen to his show and LOVE his opinion. I often listen to his show and he is certainly not shy. He is very straight forward and speaks his mind. I actually found his style very refreshing. However, when I heard his comment about the women's basketball team, I was very disappointed and ashamed for him. Do I like him less then I liked him before - I guess. Do I think he is a racist pig full of hatred - probably not. But does it really matter?
A lot of feminist associations piled on and screamed bloody hell. How could he make such comments about women’s basketball team? Why men keep putting women down without any consequences? Women’s success is being disregarded and dismissed by actions such as this. Imus was disrespectful and should be punished, he should be fired, he should be disowned by all his supporters! Imus was scrambling and tried to “fix” things by apologizing to various groups and even met with the team. It was too little, too late. All the groups that were protesting to his comments got great satisfaction from the final outcome.
At the end of the day, firing Imus was a business decision. Advertisers were pulling out in fear that they will be associated with Imus and his tasteless comments. Without advertisers, Imus is not worth a lot to the network. On top of that, MSNBC was worried to be associated with Imus in fear of loosing more advertising dollars from the same advertisers that pulled out from his show. MSNBC might also feel that by keeping Imus they will alienate other supporters of the network. So in essence, it was a snow ball effect. Imus is no more. He crossed the line that will cost many millions to networks.
Did America win by not having an Imus’ show anymore? Or was firing Imus too harsh? What about Clinton, who lied about having sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky? Why didn’t he lose his job? What about Mel Gibson, who repeatedly made racist and anti-Semitic remarks – people still go to see his movies! I hear so many people saying that they will never see his movies, but somebody does. That’s why Mel Gibson doesn’t need Hollywood’s support. Those very same people who said they were offended by Gibson’s comments go to see his movies. By doing so they help him to finance his movies! So how do we stop this behavior?