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What have we learned from the Imus incident

by Katie McLaughlin  |  2120 views  |  2 comments  |        Rate this now! 

Whatever the reasons were for the actual firing of Imus, I personally come to the conclusion that firing him is good for us. At some point, we need to stick by our principals and do what supports our beliefs. In order to stop these sexist, racial public outbursts by well known voices, we need to punish them! Otherwise, what we believe and preach has no meaning.

Do you agree with me or do you think that there are other, more appropriate ways to fight this type of behavior?

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2 comments so far...

  • I think this whole thing is a circus - Imus saying what he did, the oh-so-predictable and over-the-top reaction from Sharpton and co., and the subsequent firing. Are we just too PC for our own good, too afraid to offend another ethnic group, where one slip of the tongue can cause this much backlash? I agree with Lisa.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Susan Ogilvy on 17th April 2007

  • Personally I agree with Imus being fired even though I've never listened to his show, but it concerns me that Americans are looking to Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as moral authorities for what is bigotry when they have themselves both hurled insensitive and bigoted remarks. Where is Al Sharpton's apology for Tawana Brawley?

    Imus being fired isn't going to address the issue of a level playing field that doesn't differentiate between Imus' "nappy headed ho" remark and Billboard's top 5 song this week, Mims "This is Why I'm Hot" that features equally egregious language.

    The question that everyone should be asking is why Viacom, which owns CBS, is willing to drop Imus but they are unwilling to put limits on MTV, which everyday promotes sexist and misogynistic music videos to young people. We celebrate "thug culture" by putting rap artists on magazine covers and television, yet erupt in a firestorm of self-righteousness when Imus makes the same remark but expresses sincerity in his remorse.

    There are no winners here, in fact we are all worse off because of the hypocrisy that accepts this kind of behavior from one community while acting like vigilantes to another.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Lisa M. Nolan on 16th April 2007

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