Sunday, April 08, 2007

Flap Over Imus Comments

Citing from a news article concerning Don Imus' comments on the contrasting appearances of the Rutgers Women's basketball team and that of the Tennessee Volunteers:

Unimpressed by his on-air apology or corporate promises of a tighter leash, angry critics of nationally syndicated radio host Don Imus called Saturday for his dismissal over his racially charged comments about the mostly black Rutgers women's basketball team.

"I accept his apology, just as I want his bosses to accept his resignation," said the Rev. Al Sharpton. He promised to picket Imus' New York radio home, WFAN-AM, unless the veteran of nearly 40 years of anything-goes broadcasting is gone within a week.

Nationally syndicated radio personality Don Imus speaks at the Radio and Television Correspondents Association dinner in Washington in this file photo of March 21, 1996. Imus apologized Friday, April 6, 2007, for making racially charged comments about the Rutgers University women's basketball team after the National Association of Black Journalists called for his immediate firing. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Sharpton was not alone in his anger over Imus' description of the Rutgers' women as "nappy headed hos" during a Wednesday morning segment of his show, which airs for millions of listeners on more than 70 stations and the MSNBC television network.

I can't help but think that Sharpton is still stinging from the Joe Biden comments on Barack Obama as articulate and clean. Likewise, on his radio show, Imus did compliment the contrasting classy appearance of the Tennessee players. By implication, therefore, Biden called Sharton a 'nappy headed ho'. Al just can't catch a break.

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