Wednesday, April 11, 2007

More on Imus

A red herring that's been popping up concerns the hip-hop community. Atrios's summary is a good one:

I'm perfectly happy for there to be a wider conversation about racism and misogyny in all of its myriad forms in our media and popular culture, including but certainly not limited to hip-hop culture, but this wider conversation has almost nothing to do with Don Imus and the fact that he thought it appropriate to call the Rutgers Women's Basketball Team "nappy-headed hoes" and whether or not this is a firing offense.

Specifically, the fact that rap contains misogynistic lyrics has nothing to do with what Don Imus said. Absolutely nothing. Zero. Zip. If the Imus affair goes on to inspire this wider conversation, great, but this isn't about Fifty Cent lyrics. It's about Don Imus calling the Rutgers Women's Basketball Team "nappy-headed hoes."

He also posts that sponsors bailing include Sprint, Amex, GM, Ditech, P&G, GlaxoSmithKline, and Staples.

MSNBC has dropped the televised simulcast of Imus's show. Pam has more, plus an interesting insider's perspective from Al Roker.