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Old 04-06-2007, 05:40 PM   #1
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Imus Calls Rutgers Women's Basketball Team "Nappy Headed Hos"

Talk show host apologizes for calling NCAA runners-up 'nappy-headed hos'
The Associated Press
Updated: 5:33 p.m. ET April 6, 2007

NEW YORK - Radio host Don Imus apologized Friday for calling the Rutgers University women’s basketball team “nappy headed hos” on his nationally syndicated program.

The National Association of Black Journalists demanded his immediate firing after the man known as “Imus in the Morning” put his foot deep in his mouth Wednesday. Imus questioned the players’ looks, describing them as tattooed “rough girls.” His producer compared the team — which has eight black members — to the NBA’s Toronto Raptors.

Near the start of Friday’s show, Imus said he wanted to “apologize for an insensitive and ill-conceived remark we made the other morning referring to the Rutgers women’s basketball team.”

“It was completely inappropriate, and we can understand why people were offended. Our characterization was thoughtless and stupid, and we are sorry.”

Gregory Lee, an NABJ officer and senior assistant sports editor at The Boston Globe, said the mea culpa did little to atone for the comments.

“You can apologize, but what does that mean when you have a history of making disparaging remarks about people?” Lee asked about the acid-tongued Imus. “This kind of behavior must be punished. I hope the company and sponsors he has take some sort of action ... to educate him.”

NABJ President Bryan Monroe asked Thursday if Imus had “lost his mind” and called for the veteran radio host’s dismissal.

Imus was speaking with producer Bernard McGurk when the NCAA title game between Rutgers and Tennessee came up.

“That’s some rough girls from Rutgers,” Imus said. “Man, they got tattoos ...”

“Some hardcore hos,” said McGurk.

“That’s some nappy headed hos there, I’m going to tell you that,” Imus said.

Imus, a member of the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame and one of the nation’s best-known radio voices, is renowned for his caustic style and politically incorrect verbal broadsides. His show is syndicated to millions of listeners at more than 70 stations around the country.

WFAN-AM, the home of Imus’ show, declined comment. At MSNBC, where the radio program is simulcast on television, officials offered Imus no support.

“’Imus in the Morning’ is not a production of the cable network and is produced by WFAN Radio,” said a statement from the network. “As Imus makes clear every day, his views are not those of MSNBC. We regret that his remarks were aired on MSNBC and apologize for these offensive comments.”

In a joint statement, NCAA President Myles Brand and Rutgers President Richard McCormick condemned Imus’ slur.

“The NCAA and Rutgers University are offended by the insults on MSNBC’s Don Imus program toward the 10 young women on the Rutgers basketball team,” their statement read. “It is unconscionable that anyone would use the airways to utter such disregard for the dignity of human beings who have accomplished much and deserve great credit.”

Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said in a statement, "I am deeply saddened and angered by Mr. Imus' statements regarding the members of the Rutgers women's basketball team. These talented, articulate young women put forth a great deal of hard work and effort this past season to reach the nation's grandest stage — the NCAA title game.

Throughout the year, these gifted young ladies set an example for the nation that through hard work and perseverance, you can accomplish anything if you believe. Without a doubt, this past season was my most rewarding in 36 years of coaching. This young team fought through immeasurable odds to reach the highest pinnacle and play for the school's first national championship in a major sport.

To serve as a joke of Mr. Imus in such an insensitive manner creates a wedge and makes light of the efforts of these classy individuals, both as women and as women of color. It is unfortunate Mr. Imus sought to tarnish Rutgers' spirit and success. Should we not, as adults, send a message of encouragement to young people to aspire to the highest levels as my team did this season?"
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The crackdown on thoughtcrime continues!
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Not really shocking, Imus has been known for his racism, misogyny, and homophobia.


So of course he's perfect for certain demographics out there...
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Not really shocking, Imus has been known for his racism, misogyny, and homophobia.
And people listen to him because....???
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And people listen to him because....???
Exactly! Why do people of any civilized political persuasion keep listening to or watching any of these overpaid shock jocks, whether they are on TV or radio? I gave up sports talk radio two months ago, and my drive to and from work has been so much more pleasant listening to music. I gave up political talk shows (tv & radio) many years ago. I occasionally watch Scarborough, but my wife made me change the channel the other night because he and all his guests were yelling about something. I watched the YouTube clip of O'Reilly/Geraldo that someone posted in the other thread, and it reminded me why those shows annoy me so much.

If I don't watch them, they don't annoy me; and if I read about their stupid comments in the news, then I only roll my eyes and/or laugh at them. It's a societal side effect of free speech/press, because even idiots, racists, etc. have that right. But unfortunately it's necessary.

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And people listen to him because....???
Well there are some even here in FYM who I'm pretty sure would be big fans...
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Well there are some even here in FYM who I'm pretty sure would be big fans...
I listen to him almost daily. Not to listen to him....but to hear the Washington guests that he somehow manages to get on his show period.

Be it Kerry, McCain, Russert, I feel that I stay in touch politically by listening.
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I listen to him almost daily. Not to listen to him....but to hear the Washington guests that he somehow manages to get on his show period.

Be it Kerry, McCain, Russert, I feel that I stay in touch politically by listening.
Similarly, I will likely tune in to sports talk radio occasionally when college football season returns - if there is a relevant guest on the show.

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It's funny how he suddenly realizes how insensitive his remarks were AFTER he gets in hot water for them.
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I listen to him almost daily. Not to listen to him....but to hear the Washington guests that he somehow manages to get on his show period.

Be it Kerry, McCain, Russert, I feel that I stay in touch politically by listening.
Oh, I listened to him as well, not daily, but I found many of his comments and stances to be completely bigoted or sexist.

And most of what I'm talking about came from his other show, before he became more "political".
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Oh, I listened to him as well, not daily, but I found many of his comments and stances to be completely bigoted or sexist.

And most of what I'm talking about came from his other show, before he became more "political".
I would agree with that statement. The show is built around guests.....with filler in between.....and that filler in betweeen is all about how close can we get to the line.
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I listen to him almost daily. Not to listen to him....but to hear the Washington guests that he somehow manages to get on his show period.

Be it Kerry, McCain, Russert, I feel that I stay in touch politically by listening.


this is why i tune into Imus as well. he also conducts a good interview, better than the suck-ups of Oprah or Larry King.
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But by listening to this freak, and boosting his ratings, you're all participating in this. You become a willing participant in his rantings. If you're willing to do that, go ahead, but none of his willing listeners can really complain about him. You're the very people keeping him on the air, keeping his ratings high, giving him the approval to talk like he does.
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The reason I posted the pictures of these young college girls,
is that I hoped it would put a human face
on these "nappy headed hos"

These are very young women

I don't know anything about what they may or may not have overcome to get into college and make the team
They should be feeling good about themselves and their accomplishments
They fell one victory short of a national championship
That must be difficult
and then Imus gives them this?


When Mel Gibson let his "inner Anti-Semite" out

there were some that said, "Well, he is one heck of a film maker. let's not forget that"

Now, we have Imus letting his "inner sexist, bigot" out

I with Martha on this one.
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