Am I the only one that thinks the media went a little overboard with the hysteria regarding the Don Imus debacle? Yes, he is an imbicile and what he said was not only stupid, but the choice of words were about as clever as the local bully on the playground. But, how did this become a political issue? Why do I have to listen to what Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have to say about it and what they feel is a suitable punishment? When did we all become so afraid of stupid words?
Part of it obviously comes from the 24/7 news cycle on some particularly slow news days (Hey guys – remember all the people dying in Iraq?) and the fact that they can play the audiotape over and over and over again. So, one stupid thing one says gets amplified x 1000. But, it goes deeper than that. Somehow, our culture has become overly-sensitive to “offensive” words. But it always seems to be so hyporcritical. Wasn’t is Jesse Jackson who got in to some hot water with his “Hymie Town” comment? Don’t rappers use those same words every day in their videos and songs? Would someone get fired over calling Cletus in Mississippi “white trash?”
Do I like Don Imus? No. Do I agree with what he said? Of course not. Do I think he should have been fired? Probably – but what is so silly is the wishy-washy way he was fired. First, CBS suspends him, then the hysteria begins and finally, after four days, they decide to fire him. And you know the only reason they fired him was not because he violated the high moral standards of CBS – it was because his sponsors pulled out.
If we’re going to get hysterical about something, lets make it something a little more substantive – such as the mess in Iraq, the destruction of our planet, or the fact that Sanjaya is still on American Idol, OK?