After host Don Imus fired for sexist ...

After host Don Imus fired for sexist remarks, is rap next?

There are 9 comments on the Newsday story from Apr 13, 2007, titled After host Don Imus fired for sexist remarks, is rap next?. In it, Newsday reports that:

As Don Imus fought in vain to keep his job, the embattled radio host argued that rappers routinely "defame and demean black women" and call them "worse names than I ever did." That's an argument many people ...

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robert johnson

Woodburn, IN

#1 Apr 13, 2007
I may disagree with What you say. But I will defend your right to say it until my death!!!

Kingston, Jamaica

#2 Apr 13, 2007
Writing from Jamaica, the remarks that Imus made was absolutely rude.

Arlington Heights, MA

#3 Apr 13, 2007
it is a shame that imus was fired, the next time I go into any of the big dept stores or Staples I will ask the manager to please shut the rap music off. I too will boycott CBSm NBC & MSNBC. imus listeners know he didn't mean this, he apologized. let it be. who will be the next victim?
Lin Miller


#4 Apr 13, 2007
Have Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson devoted as much energy to attacking rappers as to Don Imus?
Well, of course not!
With all their name recognition and political power, they chose to go after him with both guns firing, rather than their own "rapper" culture. This could have been their forum for years. But it wasn't. How come? An interesting question.

Anyone remember Bill Cosby being vilified a few years back for his public remarks criticizing black entertainment culture?

Please, don't pretend that the BIG VOICES in African American culture have stood up to scream about Ludicris, etc. They haven't.

Why? Because Imus guaranteed them much more publicity because it turned it into a white vs. black issue. What hypocrisy!
Patty and Randy James

Lake Oswego, OR

#5 Apr 13, 2007
We thought witch hunts were over and so was lynching in our country. We were wrong. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton were allowed to do both in the last week. Shame on MSNBC and CBS. Shame on the sponsors who withdrew their support. And shame on the so-called Christians who offered no forgiveness or mercy. Isn't there a saying referencing those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. My, or my, Jackson and Sharpton must have not ever heard of that saying as well as not practicing what they preach about the foregiveness and letting God be the judge. They made themselves, judge, jury and executioner.

Imus needed to be suspended and needed to apologize. The firing and ensuing cries for his head has reached the point of being absurd.

All the good Don and Deidre Imus have done far outweights his comments.

If we treated everyone who appears on radio and TV who has made racist comments, spoken untrue words and hurt other people's feelings, we would be hard-pressed to have anyone left to work in this industry or appear as guests on any of the programs, that includes Sharpton and Jackson and the president and vice-president of this wonderful country.

We are have always supported civil rights and never have been had any ill will toward any of the black community; however, we feel that they themselves have taken many steps backward as a result of this entire situation.

The loss of his position is small, compared to the losses to the black citizens of this country.

I have been offended many times by someone walking past me in a park, the street, the mall, or when I have been stopped at a stop light, by the loud, filthy words of rap music, no one cares how many women, of any race have been subjected to this harrasment as a result of these filthy words blasting away from public radio or personal recording devices.

Had Jackson, Sharpton, Whoopie and many other prominent african-americans really tried to stop the visual and audio filth that permeates the black culture and its children, it would have been stopped long ago.

This entire episode makes us sick.

New York, NY

#6 Apr 13, 2007
"It's only when we interface with a powerful white media personality like Imus that the issue is raised and the question turns to 'Why aren't you as vociferous in your critique of hip-hop?' We have been! You've been listening to the music but you haven't been listening to the protests from us." -

Thank you, Mr. Franklin for pointing that fact out to so many people who are trying to point fingers away from Imus.
People have been protesting hip hop's degrading lyrics for years! The money hungry record labels continue to push it because it makes them richer.

United States

#7 Apr 14, 2007
It seems as though everytime something happens in this country the first target is rap music . # 1 the lyrics in rap music are portraits painted in rythmic form , I will not sit here and defend hip hop and say hip hop has no problems. since rap is the first attack when something is wrong in the african american community, you want to clean up rap clean up the language on the television. Rap music you have to actually go buy or attempt to download tv is more accessible than any rap cd . So before hip hop is attacked look @ everything else that is hurting our people as a hole and not just one race all races that participate in media entertainment period.
Paula Neal Mooney

United States

#8 Apr 14, 2007
Don Imus should not have been least not before these men who call black women a lot worse things than hos are taken off the airways and lose their sponsors, too:

United States

#9 Apr 16, 2007
Here's a list of the companies that pulled their ads from IMUS.
General Motors
Sprint Nextel
Procter & Gamble
PetMed Express
American Express
Bigelow Tea
Rutgers University

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