I never listen to Imus on the radio while driving around in the morning because I don't want to fall asleep at the wheel. However, apparently he said something stupid that a lot of nappy-headed hoes found offensive. I don't have much to say about the Imus comments and the fallout, although I do have three points that I wanted to address:
1) If people are going to be censored because of what they say, then can we please get rid of everyone on the radio? It's quite horrible, to be honest. Most radio talk programs are 50% commercials, 50% nonsense. NPR is the most recognizable exception, although I've never really cared to hear paint dry on the airwaves. Let's also get rid of the media that has spent way too much time on this issue. If ever a dead horse was beaten as brutally as cable television harps on an issue, I have not seen it.
2) Oprah had the Rutgers women's team on her television show today. I wonder if she will invite the Duke men's lacrosse team that was falsely accused of rape? No? Okay, well, I appreciate double standards, too. Of course, this is the same toad that thought she was being discriminated against in Paris simply because they wouldn't let her into a store after the store closed.
3) People need to stop bringing up hip hop. Ignoring the fact that hip hop is (bad) art and talk radio is not art at all, the music cannot help itself if teenagers are more attracted to it than anything else. Hip Hop is more appealing to teens because school is boring, extracurricular activities are virtually non-existent, parents have no interest in their kids' lives, and they're stupid. If you want to get rid of racism, sexism and the appeal of racist and sexist music, then you need to change society, not the music. Music reflects society, that's it. It's art. Getting rid of a talk show host or a rap album will not change the way the world thinks and feels.