Friday, April 06, 2007

Nappy Headed Hos...

Imus 'sorry' for racist remarks about Rutgers
Controversial talk show described NCAA runner-ups as 'nappy-headed hos'

Don Imus apologized Friday for calling the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos" on his "Imus In The Morning" show.

In a statement, Imus said, "I want to take a moment to apologize for an insensitive and ill-conceived remark we made the other morning regarding the Rutgers women's basketball team, which lost to Tennessee oin the NCAA championship game on Tuesday.

It was completely inappropriate, and we can understand why people were offended. Our characterization was thoughtless and stupid, and we are sorry."

Imus made the remarks when talking to Sid Rosenberg with Sports Talk on the phone.

Imus described the Scarlet Knights "some rough girls from Rutgers. They got tattoos," and then went on to call them "some nappy-headed hos."

He compared them to Tennessee, saying "The girls from Tennessee -- they all looked cute."

The conversation then went on to compare the game to "the jigaboos versus the wannabes." Media Matters reported that the show's executive producer, Bernard McGuirk, made that comment.

Imus has more to say about those remarks, according to the New York Times. Imus said people should relax and not worry about "some idiot comment meant to be amusing."

A Rutgers spokesperson issued a statement saying, "We agree with Mr. Imus that this was, in his own words, an 'idiot comment.' We are very proud of the success of the Rutgers women's basketball team. Coach Stringer and the Rutgers players are outstanding ambassadors for this great institution."

MSNBC released this statement in response to the comments, "While simulcast by MSNBC, 'Imus in the Morning' is not a production of the cable network and is produced by WFAN Radio. As Imus makes clear every day, his views are not those of MSNBC. We regret that his remarks were aired on MSNBC and apologize for these offensive comments."


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the likelihood of Imus, or his exec. producer, getting fired is low. (Or if they do get fired, will just end up on sattelite radio making the same, if not more money). I call for a boycott of Imus' sponsors. If his current sponsors continue to buy network time during this man's show, then we will also know where their priorities lay. The is power in economic boycotts. Complaining to the FCC is not the right forum. Complaining to MSNBC or affiliates may not even be enough.