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Stupid, Stupid, Stupid

by Dr. Traci Vujicich (writer), Redondo Beach, April 10, 2007

This column is a bit of a variation from my standard fare because I feel compelled to comment on the stupidity of the "controversy" surrounding Don Imus's comments about the Rutgers basketball team.

First of all, Don Imus is a highly paid "shock jock." What is the job of a shock jock? To say shocking things on the radio. In fact, Imus is supposed to be even MORE shocking, because he's on satellite radio--away from the FCC.

So, we have this man, doing his job, saying shocking things. He happens to make a stupid, racist comment about some black women, and all of a sudden it's national news and they are calling for Don Imus to be fired. Huh?

Don't get me wrong. I don't think anyone should be calling black women "nappy headed hos." But you know what? That's why I don't listen to shock radio.

This man is praised and rewarded for saying assinine things, but evidently, only SOME assinine things are ok. You can say degrading and horrible things, but don't say THESE degrading and horrible things or you'll have Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Gloria Allred on your ass.

And what makes it worse is that, with all the news coverage, the term "nappy headed ho" is ringing in our ears. Now, instead of the folks who listen to that kind of radio being the only ones who hear the insult, it's worldwide. People in Afghanistan and Japan now know the term nappy headed ho. Why? Is it because of Don Imus? No. It's because of the "outrage" that followed.

They should let shock jocks stay where they live-- under rocks. Don't put it on the news, don't have a press conference, don't bring the entire basketball team on TV and ask how they feel about being called nappy headed hos. It's not news that shock jocks say sexist, racist things. Don't be outraged. Just exercise your basic American right to CHANGE THE CHANNEL.

Whew. I feel better.

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Dr. Traci Vujicich is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By Steven Lane on April 10, 2007 at 07:43 pm
I don't like him, but this whole world isn't made for me....I don't have to change the channel because, I don't watch him....but, there are lots of programs I choose not to watch..It's my choice. This America and there are no fines for being stupid. I totally agree with you.
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By Steven Lane on April 10, 2007 at 11:00 pm
or listen to
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By D. E. Carson on April 10, 2007 at 11:45 pm
I was working on a commentary of my own regarding this subject and without trying, I was able to prove conclusively that Sharpton, and not Imus, is the bigger racist. BUT, you made an excellent point -- there is not a single electronic device that does not have an ON/OFF switch and they all work. Even racists and shock jocks have the mental capacity to turn something off.
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