IMUS: So, I watched the basketball game last night between -- a little bit of Rutgers and Tennessee, the women's final.There have been, of course, many calls for Imus to be fired. Imus made several public apologies for his comments, although he added a bit of fuel to the fire with his "you people" gaffe yesterday on the radio show of the Reverend Al Sharpton.
ROSENBERG: Yeah, Tennessee won last night -- seventh championship for [Tennessee coach] Pat Summitt, I-Man. They beat Rutgers by 13 points.
IMUS: That's some rough girls from Rutgers. Man, they got tattoos and --
McGUIRK: Some hard-core hos.
IMUS: That's some nappy-headed hos there. I'm gonna tell you that now, man, that's some -- woo. And the girls from Tennessee, they all look cute, you know, so, like -- kinda like -- I don't know.
McGUIRK: A Spike Lee thing.
McGUIRK: The Jigaboos vs. the Wannabes -- that movie that he had.
IMUS: Yeah, it was a tough --
McCORD: Do The Right Thing.
McGUIRK: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
IMUS: I don't know if I'd have wanted to beat Rutgers or not, but they did, right?
ROSENBERG: It was a tough watch. The more I look at Rutgers, they look exactly like the Toronto Raptors.
IMUS: Well, I guess, yeah.
RUFFINO: Only tougher.
McGUIRK: The [Memphis] Grizzlies would be more appropriate.
I found the words of Imus to be offensive on many levels, especially in light of the fact that these are women who attend a prestigious university, and who have worked hard to excel both on and off the court.
While a good case can be made that MSNBC runs the risk of giving implicit support for racism if the company retains Imus, I think it would be best if people simply stop listening to the half-senile, word-slurring Imus, whose irrelevancy and bigotry is both pathetic and embarassing.
Advertisers would be well advised to pull the proverbial plug on this broadcasting buffoon, who has a long history of making similarly ignorant remarks while hiding under the coverage of "satire" and "free speech."
And - regardless of what MSNBC evetually does with Imus - this is an issue far greater than the racists and anti-PC wankers want to make it. When we as a society devolve to the point where we feel free to describe college-educated women as "nappy-headed hoes," I fear for our future.
Perhaps we should begin the cure by examining our own conduct. Imus is only a symptom of a larger social disease that diminishes human dignity for a few cheap laughs.