I agree with Rev. T.J. Jakes, who said today:
Imus is a broadcast industry professional, who I hold to a higher
standard. Imus’ employers are broadcast conglomerates that I also hold to a
higher standard. And the advertisers that spend millions on Imus’ show
should also be held to a higher standard.
He’s not a boomer (born in 1940) but he sure influences a lot of boomers that are his loyal audience. Times change, but call my daughter a “ho” and riducule her and I’ll want you to pay. Remember, these are student athletes, not actors or rock stars.
If NBC won’t take action, then future guests should cancel appearances, as did Cal Ripken when he heard about the slur.
UPDATE: NBC taps Imus on wrist.
“Beginning Monday, April 16, MSNBC will suspend simulcasting the syndicated “Imus in the Morning” radio program for two weeks. This comes after careful consideration in the days since his racist, abhorrent comments were made. Don Imus has expressed profound regret and embarrassment and has made a commitment to listen to all of those who have raised legitimate expressions of outrage. In addition, his dedication – in his words – to change the discourse on his program moving forward, has confirmed for us that this action is appropriate. Our future relationship with Imus is contingent on his ability to live up to his word.
That’s not even a slap on the wrist!