Imus initially was given a two-week suspension for calling the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos" on the air last week, but outrage continued to grow and advertisers bolted from his CBS radio show and its MSNBC simulcast.
"There has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society," CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves said in announcing the decision. "That consideration has
weighed most heavily on our minds as we made our decision." Rutgers women's basketball team spokeswoman Stacey Brann said the team did not have an immediate comment on Imus' firing.
Because, like him or not, anyone who has ever listened to Imus knows that he's not a racist, but a equal-opportunity nimrod who made a dumb, offensive joke about Black women that he had every right to be suspended over. Yet, we learned what this whole brouhaha was really about the more it became clear that Imus' two-week suspension wasn't enough for the PC police. The loudest cries calling for Imus' head coming from yahoos who not only never listened to the show, but hadn't even heard of the man until his "nappy-headed hoes" comment became fodder for public consumption.
And so it is with this crowd, a movement that allows unemployed hypocrites like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to control the reigns. A movement that exploits innocent victims of slander for their own agenda. A movement that would never dare go after MTV/BET (both of which are run by Viacom) the way they went after Imus, despite the "bitches" and "Ho's" ethos seen daily on each of those channels. A movement that would do everything it's power to wreck a man's career, regardless of all the good work he's done. So the Rutgers women's basketball team, who never once called for Imus to be fired, who were graceful enough to accept Imus' request to sit down with them face-to-face ("I would like to get [Imus] to get to know us," team member Kia Vaughn of the Bronx said the other day) are pushed to the backburner and Don Imus' career is practically over, squashed by the real "ho's" who work the system: Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.