Well, it happened.
Don Imus is history. Effective immediately. Adios alligator face!
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
As I pointed out yesterday, this wasn't the first time Imus metamorphosed into David Duke over the airwaves. But it certainly turned out to be the last.
“From the outset, I believe all of us have been deeply upset and revulsed by the statements that were made on our air about the young women who represented Rutgers University in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship with such class, energy and talent,” said CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves, in announcing the decision. “Those who have spoken with us the last few days represent people of goodwill from all segments of our society – all races, economic groups, men and women alike. In our meetings with concerned groups, 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. That consideration has weighed most heavily on our minds as we made our decision, as have the many emails, phone calls and personal discussions we have had with our colleagues across the CBS Corporation and our many other constituencies.”
So why now? And as I've asked before, why not anyone else? Not that I'll mourn Imus' radio career. Actually, I don't really care for him. But Premiere Radio certainly didn't flinch when Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck repeatedly said much worse. TRN didn't with Michael Savage (though MSNBC, to their credit, did). They also signed Mancow last year, who has a long history of this sort of thing. And Jones Radio Networks didn't can Neal Boortz when he went after Cynthia McKinney with some of the most mean-spirited, racist and sexist rhetoric to ever go over a radio microphone. Will we see a changing of the tide? It should be interesting to see these right-wing blowhards shaking in their shoes over the next few weeks. Looks like the beasts have been tamed.
It's funny that the media has made little mention of this tidbit. As far as I know, the only TV newsperson to do it was MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on last night's "Countdown" broadcast, grilling Jesse Jackson about this very thing. And the conservative commentators? Yeah, right! FOX 'News' was calling for Imus' head earlier in the week, while they have and still give ample face time to the vile rhetoric of Ann Coulter and her ilk. And for a real laugh, Brian Maloney, the Radio Tranquilizer, took a page right out of the FOX playbook, trying to paint Imus as a liberal, and whining and complaining in his usual candyass conservative way about how those evil lefties are trying to paint him as a conservative. Talk about ten pounds of shit in a five pound bag! Well, as I said yesterday, Imus is certainly neither. He's not a conservative, and he's certainly not a liberal. He's a narcissist. It's all about him. The only side he's chosen is his own. I really don't understand people, on both the left and the right, who feel anyone has to be one or the other. Food for thought - most people in this country are in the middle.
So anyways, what we are seeing now resembles a repeat of that whole 2004 Super Bowl "Wardrobe Malfunction" fiasco. As you may recall, the media flipped out over that one, since the sight of a female breast must obviously mean the decline of Western Civilization as we know it. The FCC went on the warpath after that one, obviously smelling some potentially huge revenues that could be obtained by suing the crap out of the giant media conglomerates. More importantly, the aforementioned companies went into panic mode. Clear Channel dropped Howard Stern from all of their owned stations that were airing him. They quickly canned their own in-house shock jock, Bubba The Love Sponge. And the House of Representatives got in on the act, raising FCC fines for these kinds of infractions from $27,500 all the way up to $500,000 per violation. Ouch! All this for flashing a little tit during a game paid for by various commercials featuring an assortment of magic penis potions, a crotch-biting dog and a farting horse. Oh, and CBS that year rejected ads from MoveOn.org and PETA based on content. Go figure.
So, will this whole Imus bruhaha garner the same fallout? Will the FCC start going after Limbaugh' handlers? Will heads roll at the media conglomerates? Will Congress start lashing out at this stuff? Well, we shall see. And as I hinted at yesterday, perhaps if we just choose to ignore all these assclowns, they'll all just slink away to the sewers from which they were spawned.
But regardless, Janet Jackson's tits are far, far, far less offensive than anything that ever came out of Don Imus' mouth.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Well, it happened.