Imus is back today, with Tokens!

Radio personality Don Imus returned to the airwaves on today, promising to keep his edgy tone but refrain from the kind of racist and sexist comments that got him fired earlier this year. The show has added an African-American woman and man to the cast — comedians Karith Foster and Tony Powell — along with regular sidekicks Rob Bartlett and Charles McCord.

UMMMMMM….can you say TOKENS!

Why not hire some Hispanic comedians…that’s a great, ripe audience that advertisers love these days??  How about some Asian co-hosts?  Oh, but no!  I know you’ve got to appease the Negroes Imus…at least for a little while.

Well I guess he found the right black folk for the job.  Some black folks that really “fit” his personality.  FOXNews is reporting “Imus Gal a Black Texas NY ‘Jew'”.  The fact that they called her a “Gal”, I’ll need a whole post for that.  Sigh.

Source: Reuters.com

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8 responses to “Imus is back today, with Tokens!

  1. Mo

    They may be tokens, but I think that Imus genuinely regrets the comments that he made. If the Rutgers basketball team can forgive him and accept his apology, then the rest of us should be able to also. Hip hop artists say negative things about black women all the time (much worse than what Imus said) and never apologize and rarely get any grief about it at all…as a matter of fact we make them rich. Something to think about.

  2. LOL. In a nutshell you’ve basically said “Get over it!” That’s what other people have been telling black people to do about situations like this where they are trivalized for years and years. I’m not in agreement. Imus, hip hop artists, etc…all are accountable. If you don’t like what they say, don’t support them. Hate on them if you like. That’s the great thing about this country…you don’t have to like everyone…but you might wanna respect them so that they don’t hate you or throw rallies to get you fired.

  3. Mo

    @ Sista…

    I guess I am saying “Get Over It”. If someone does something that we consider offensive and it’s brought to their attention and the person apologizes and takes several steps to make ammends, should we hold that against him forever? Or should we move on and dedicate our time and energy to other things?

    When the whole thing happened, black people stated their position, protested, and ultimately he was fired for the incident. He has since apologized to the team (they accepted his apology) and to the public. I agree with you that Imus, hip hop artists etc. should all be held accountable. Has David Banner apologized for his comments? Nope. Has he taken steps to demonstrate his committment towards change? Nope. Do we “demand” that he change? Nope. Imus was held accountable and owned up to his mistakes. You have to give the man some credit for that. Have you ever considered the possibility that he is sincere in his efforts and hired the two black comedians to truly diversify the show?

    You’re right – “If you don’t like what they say, don’t support them.” I don’t support negative hip hop and I don’t listen to Don Imus. I personally don’t care for either. I’m just saying that it’s pointless to keep beating a dead horse. With so much negativity going on in our communities why do we get soooo upset about comments made by a white person, but seem to not really care about the wrongdoings of black people? And I don’t mean you personally, I mean black people as a whole.

  4. Wow, get over it, huh? I dont support hip hop artist that call me out my name nor will I Imus. I need to hear his new show to comment on the new Black-friendly format but the word Gal was used and that in and of itself turns me way off. Sorry, I can’t get over it…(so sad)

  5. Mo

    @pinkemeralds

    I respect your point of view. As I mentioned in my previous post, “I don’t support negative hip hop and I don’t listen to Imus.” If you choose to not get over it, then that’s your personal decision. But what do you do now? Do you continue to protest? What else do you want Imus to do? Do you want another apology?

    **By the way, Imus did not use the word Gal, Fox News did.**

  6. Black people should not pick and choose when it comes to injustice and racist or sexist comments. We should all stand for what is right, ethical, and in the best interest of our African American brothers and sisters. If it’s negative rap lyrics or comments made by popular figures…it doesn’t matter. We should speak out whenever it is needed and not call things trivial. The sum of all this injustice has to be exposed so that people realize the whole picture. We have to fight all of this mess…not just the seemly non-trival.

    If not, then we are saying that it’s ok. For Example: The fact that we’ve ignored things like rap lyrics for years is why the hip hop videos have the influence they have. Parents and communities have been busy on other…more important things I guess. Fighting for good schools and funding is just as important as fighting to educate other parents as to what their children are listening too that is influencing their minds.

    What Imus says is just as important for me to be aware of as what my politician or a rapper is saying about black women. The messages that are being put out there about sisters have to be monitored and responded to across the board.

  7. Mo

    I agree with you 100% Sista. My point is that we’ve ALREADY stood up against Imus. We’ve ALREADY protested. We’ve ALREADY threatened sponsors. What more is there left for us to do with that particular situation? Seriously, I’m curious to hear the answer to that question. If the answer is that there is no more for us to do with this specific situation, then what? Then we need to move on and deal other issues that are bringing us down.

  8. This is a news story…and things come back over and over in the news. Imus coming back has been all over TV, and it’s not because of black people, it’s because of ratings and controversy. People want to know what he’s going to say.

    Already? When is the fight over? Was it over with Malcolm X? Oh no, then maybe with King and the Civil Rights movement. Should they have said, it’s over, the Civil Rights Act is signed so if your rights are violated just sue and go to court. Oh no, don’t think of going into the streets and protesting because we did that Already. Is that correct thinking. NO. We don’t just move on, we add on. We are aware of what has happened and we add on more issues to be aware of. It’s never over.

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