Oprah Winfrey to take on the Don Imus...

Oprah Winfrey to take on the Don Imus controversy

There are 21 comments on the blogs.orlandosentinel.com story from Apr 16, 2007, titled Oprah Winfrey to take on the Don Imus controversy. In it, blogs.orlandosentinel.com reports that:

(OrlandoSentinel.com) - Oprah Winfrey will turn her Monday show into a town-hall discussion of the Don Imus controversy. via The Orlando Sentinel

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“GONE!”

Since: Dec 06

Goleta, CA

#1 Apr 16, 2007
Is it rating season? WOW!

This is not a big deal other than what they are making it. He's fired!(Imus) let's move on, people!

“I've got my eye on you, Cracka”

Since: Mar 07

Lathrup Village, Michigan

#2 Apr 16, 2007
It is a very big deal, and the issue--deeply entrenched institutionalized American racism--is much larger than Don Imus.

“GONE!”

Since: Dec 06

Goleta, CA

#3 Apr 16, 2007
Hooper wrote:
It is a very big deal, and the issue--deeply entrenched institutionalized American racism--is much larger than Don Imus.
Please stop! its not a big deal! Imus is a nobody, he said what he said at 6:15AM, the Rutgers ball players didn't heard it, didn't even know who Imus was, was told by others when they woke up that morning. Imus is a big liberal, and when the sponsoring of his radio show complained to CBS along with the many other big sponsors who carried CBS and the Imus show bailed, he had to be fired!
This guy is a nobody! These wonderful black women at Rutgers, who plays ball there should not be affected by this. I was told by a very wise person that the only person who can hurt you with words are the people YOU care about, not the ones you don't care about. If these young women didn't know who this guy was, how can what he said affect them so much? Why are these young women so weak minded? One of them actually said that what this man said "would affect them for life"! Are you kidding me?

This is NOT a big deal! But you and the racist liberal media is making it big deal! If what Imus said was so offensive, why would the media play what he said over and over and over again? Why? If it was so hurtful, why are they still mentioning it all over the TV and Radio? Is it really hurtful? If so shut the F-up about it and move on!

“A place to go back to”

Since: Apr 07

USA

#4 Apr 16, 2007
Oprah is gonna give this Imus guy the BOOT! I hope she blasts him. He deserves it. he shouldn't have said what he did. All of you need to stop it now. You can't just say what you want and expect to get away with it. Sorry Oprah can't read this
Distinct

Lebanon, PA

#5 Apr 16, 2007
The Imus situation was certainly blown out of proportion... What he said was said everyday to the same people (and more) only worse. There is certainly Rap Artists who make the same comments about the same women and others who don't get sued and fired and all this other stuff. The thing about those rap artists though is that they are black themselves. Why is it that it is ok for a Black Man to demean and criticize a black woman but when a white man does it it's stepping way over the line?
Martini

New York, NY

#6 Apr 16, 2007
So just because blacks speak up about Imus they are racist...WOW...then it is a big deal..he got what he deserved so I guess that makes me racist as well..I guess Klansmen or Klanswoman like yourself are going to call blacks racist for speaking out about racism. Is that a new tactic...HA HA HA
Allaboutnothing wrote:
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Please stop! its not a big deal! Imus is a nobody, he said what he said at 6:15AM, the Rutgers ball players didn't heard it, didn't even know who Imus was, was told by others when they woke up that morning. Imus is a big liberal, and when the sponsoring of his radio show complained to CBS along with the many other big sponsors who carried CBS and the Imus show bailed, he had to be fired!
This guy is a nobody! These wonderful black women at Rutgers, who plays ball there should not be affected by this. I was told by a very wise person that the only person who can hurt you with words are the people YOU care about, not the ones you don't care about. If these young women didn't know who this guy was, how can what he said affect them so much? Why are these young women so weak minded? One of them actually said that what this man said "would affect them for life"! Are you kidding me?
This is NOT a big deal! But you and the racist liberal media is making it big deal! If what Imus said was so offensive, why would the media play what he said over and over and over again? Why? If it was so hurtful, why are they still mentioning it all over the TV and Radio? Is it really hurtful? If so shut the F-up about it and move on!
infinite universe

AOL

#7 Apr 16, 2007
Allaboutnothing wrote:
Is it rating season? WOW!
This is not a big deal other than what they are making it. He's fired!(Imus) let's move on, people!
well, you know Oprah's natural instinct for getting her nasty hands into every current big story to keep her name goin. you know Oprah will have a part of it somewhere in there.

“The Advocate”

Since: Dec 06

Cincy

#8 Apr 16, 2007
Distinct wrote:
The Imus situation was certainly blown out of proportion... What he said was said everyday to the same people (and more) only worse. There is certainly Rap Artists who make the same comments about the same women and others who don't get sued and fired and all this other stuff. The thing about those rap artists though is that they are black themselves. Why is it that it is ok for a Black Man to demean and criticize a black woman but when a white man does it it's stepping way over the line?
WHY? The difference is between generalization and specification. rappers generalize so noONE is in question. But to specifically point out some innocent young girls who are in the spotlight is very different. He even said the Tennessee girls were cute in comparison.
And also, the airwaves are regulated. CDs and albums are forms of artistic expression and are protected by the 1st Amendment. Even this medium can be scrutinized and protested against. If you remember the Mapplethorp exhibits and other art shows that have been cancelled because of protest. The latest one here was the Jesus made of chocolate, that was offensive.
infinite universe

AOL

#9 Apr 16, 2007
palkanyankee wrote:
Oprah is gonna give this Imus guy the BOOT! I hope she blasts him. He deserves it. he shouldn't have said what he did. All of you need to stop it now. You can't just say what you want and expect to get away with it. Sorry Oprah can't read this
regardless of what Imus said [whether right or wrong] ain't quite the issue, Oprah's not the godd*** authority to call him on it. it's not her job, no matter how much she thinks it is. just because she has billions don't mean she knows everything.
Distinct

Lebanon, PA

#10 Apr 16, 2007
MrDarryl wrote:
<quoted text>WHY? The difference is between generalization and specification. rappers generalize so noONE is in question. But to specifically point out some innocent young girls who are in the spotlight is very different. He even said the Tennessee girls were cute in comparison.
And also, the airwaves are regulated. CDs and albums are forms of artistic expression and are protected by the 1st Amendment. Even this medium can be scrutinized and protested against. If you remember the Mapplethorp exhibits and other art shows that have been cancelled because of protest. The latest one here was the Jesus made of chocolate, that was offensive.
I agree. Rappers do just GENERALIZE with lyrics and Imus specifically noted on them but it's the same concept. Imus offended a group of people and rappers offend an even BIGGER group of people but they don't go and file law suits about it. I do agree that Imus was fired because he AIMED his comment, I did overlook that but I do not think he is the only one who has ever made a comment about a particular race group as the opposing race however he IS the only one to do that and get this much attention and fired.
Imus

Bowling Green, KY

#11 Apr 16, 2007
Imus is very wrong to have said what he did, the relationship between the n(appy) word and the other n-word is evident

www.banthewordnigger.com

“I've got my eye on you, Cracka”

Since: Mar 07

Lathrup Village, Michigan

#12 Apr 16, 2007
Allaboutnothing wrote:
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Please stop! its not a big deal! Imus is a nobody, he said what he said at 6:15AM, the Rutgers ball players didn't heard it, didn't even know who Imus was...
Imus was a nationally syndicated radio talk show host for decades. He popularity was such that it warranted a simulcast on MSNBC. To suggest that he was a nobody is ridiculously stupid.

And, It doesn't whether the Rutgers women's basketball team heard Imus' comments live... or at all for that matter. What matters is that he thought it was so acceptable to casually heap scorn and humiliation on a group of young women for nothing other than looking black--who'd just competed in the NCAA championship no less--that his corporate sponsors wouldn't bat an eyelash at it. Fortunately, there were enough people who--unlike yourself--didn't just hide their heads in the sand, and rather took action resulting in Imus' dismissal. The underlying racism remains, and the only thing served by attempting to sweep it under the rug is the status quo and those--again, like yourself--desperate to maintain it.

“I've got my eye on you, Cracka”

Since: Mar 07

Lathrup Village, Michigan

#13 Apr 16, 2007
Distinct wrote:
Why is it that it is ok for a Black Man to demean and criticize a black woman but when a white man does it it's stepping way over the line?
You just answered your own question. Actually, it's not all right for a black man to demean black women either. However, given the murderous racist history of this country and its continued racial polarization, when a white man calls a group of black women nappy headed hoes and jiggaboos, it takes on a more vicious context.

Still the real reason that Imus was fired and Rappers aren't has nothing to do with morality. It's all about money. When rappers say hoe, bitch etc... their sales increase. When a radio host does it, his sponsors jump ship. End of story.

“The Advocate”

Since: Dec 06

Cincy

#14 Apr 16, 2007
Distinct wrote:
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I agree. Rappers do just GENERALIZE with lyrics and Imus specifically noted on them but it's the same concept. Imus offended a group of people and rappers offend an even BIGGER group of people but they don't go and file law suits about it. I do agree that Imus was fired because he AIMED his comment, I did overlook that but I do not think he is the only one who has ever made a comment about a particular race group as the opposing race however he IS the only one to do that and get this much attention and fired.
You are right. And maybe this might start a trend where radio personalities will start taking accountability for what they say because the FCC is really paying attention now, as are the sponsors. Free speech does NOT apply to public airwaves. It's that simple. Others haven't gotten the backlash before, but we now know they very well could. So what and who is going to change? That is the question.
ic litter

Long Beach, CA

#15 Apr 16, 2007
I appealed to Oprah Winfrey a couple of years ago to do some shows addressing the epidemic of 'LITTER BUGS' and to try to foster an attitude of re-educating the public conciousness of this BIG problem. It is disgusting, disrespectful and RAMPANT!!!!!!!!! What a way to show Your maker how much You appreciate the opportunity to be alive.....discard Your personal refuse where ever You like. Think that i even got a response from Oprah? HO, HO, HO, HO, HO, HO, HO, thats a laugh. Screw that media whore. Litter comes from ALL races! Free speech SHOULD apply to public airwaves and anyplace else. FREEDOM, like Love, knows no right or wrong. Censorship is a violation of Freedom. Imus's remark was NOT racist....it was defamatory. Nappy is a descriptive noun and ho is slang coined by BLACKS. Think any of those Rutgers chicks have never tossed 'Ho' around amongst themselves?
dereksway

Sicklerville, NJ

#16 Apr 16, 2007
Hahahahahaha...oprah sided more with whites than ghetto blacks. I love it. Al sharpton looked like a moron, well he is one, so that makes sense. Cool beans. She had some really normal blacks, thank god, on to disagree with his lies. It was all about the "dirty laundry"...hang it out, hang it out !!!!
DISGUSTED

Farmington, MI

#17 Apr 16, 2007
Why are rappers and their foul mouths protected by the first amendment and not true artists like radio personalities? What he said was no worse (and a lot cleaner) then rapper crappers.

“GONE!”

Since: Dec 06

Goleta, CA

#18 Apr 16, 2007
Hooper wrote:
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Imus was a nationally syndicated radio talk show host for decades. He popularity was such that it warranted a simulcast on MSNBC. To suggest that he was a nobody is ridiculously stupid.
And, It doesn't whether the Rutgers women's basketball team heard Imus' comments live... or at all for that matter. What matters is that he thought it was so acceptable to casually heap scorn and humiliation on a group of young women for nothing other than looking black--who'd just competed in the NCAA championship no less--that his corporate sponsors wouldn't bat an eyelash at it. Fortunately, there were enough people who--unlike yourself--didn't just hide their heads in the sand, and rather took action resulting in Imus' dismissal. The underlying racism remains, and the only thing served by attempting to sweep it under the rug is the status quo and those--again, like yourself--desperate to maintain it.
Its so typical to name call before tying to pay attention. I'm aware that Imus had a national show, but don't make it seem like he had a big time audiences because he didn't! He lost his following 10/15 years ago!! Go check his numbers on this! I'm not trying sweep this! Nor am I tying to maintain it! These are your words! But you are sounding like a victim here. Just because some idiot white person with a mic says something stupid, we as blacks take offense like this guy has killed and damaged every AA in America! Are we so delicate and sensitive that we get up in arms over some cracker like Imus? These dumb ass rappers have been calling our women these names for years and we not been offended but because this idiot white cracker said it we are hurt for life? We become so angry because now we really know what white America thinks of us and our women? Please spare me that crap! We are stronger than what you may think of us. We are not the candy asses as you seem to think we are! And this to shall pass!

“GONE!”

Since: Dec 06

Goleta, CA

#19 Apr 16, 2007
Martini wrote:
So just because blacks speak up about Imus they are racist...WOW...then it is a big deal..he got what he deserved so I guess that makes me racist as well..I guess Klansmen or Klanswoman like yourself are going to call blacks racist for speaking out about racism. Is that a new tactic...HA HA HA
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shells, I don't know what post you are reading because it not mine! I didn't say this at all.
Killanam

United States

#20 Apr 16, 2007
Allaboutnothing wrote:
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shells, I don't know what post you are reading because it not mine! I didn't say this at all.
I dont have a clue what your talking about??????????

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