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Hooked by the gaff


Like many people, I was entirely caught up in the entire Don Imus story this week. It is interesting on so many levels. I think if a media company doesn't want an employee because they 'crossed the line' they have every right to fire that employee. it was not censorship, as many claim - a private company does not censor anything - no one is preventing Imus from going on a street corner and saying anything he wants. Its not censorwhip to decide you don't want a certain employee because your advertisers are leaving you. its just business. No, cesnsorship is the FCC going after howerd Stern. I have a prediction --- who will be the big winner in this? Don Imus. he will be laughing all the way to the bank when he gets a national radio show on Xm or something. i predict he will get a raise. Just as a limited market decided he had to go, a larger market will decide his brand of entertainment has a place - and is worth any potential controvesey. As George Carlin made well known, there are 7 famous words you can't say on television. The big seven words you weren't allowed to broadcast were: Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, Cocksucker, Motherfucker and Tits. These are still frowned upon they have loosened these requirements some. Apparently we need a new list of words. now we know what Don Imus said, about a girls' basketball team having nappy hair and being "hos" is not appropriate. I assume this will apply to everyone who uses public speech, including myself. The protesting parties, and there are many, should band together and make a list of words and phrases you can't use. Apparently this list will include racial terms, sexist terms, homophobic terms, what else? I have a suspicion that the leading protesters would not be in favor of including honophobic and anti-semetic terms, because they seem to have a prclivity to use such terms. Take for example, Al Sharpton, our self-annointed arbiter of what is and is not appropriate language. Sharpton was quoted as saying to an audience at Kean College in 1994 that, “White folks was in caves while we was building empires... We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.” Of course, Jesse Jackson is famous for referring to Jews as "Hymies" and to New York City as "Hymietown" in January 1984 during a conversation with a black Washington Post reporter. He said something to the effect of the following: `That's all Hymie wants to talk about, is Israel; every time you go to Hymietown, that's all they want to talk about.' " Obviously, many people of the Jewish faith were offended. Jackson initially denied the remarks, then accused Jews of conspiring to defeat him. Eventually though, he had to admit he had made the statements and asked for forgiveness. However, he was not forced out of any position he held. Jackson can't seem to grip the irony. In a recent interview, he simply ducks the comparison; MEREDITH VIEIRA: But people do say stupid things some times. And Reverend Jackson, I apologize, but some of your critics reminded me of 1984, and I remember it as well. You were running for president, and you referred to New York City as as "Hymietown." And you were raked over the coals for that. A lot of people said you were anti-Semitic, . And it took you seven days to apologize, and then you begged for forgiveness. So what's the difference between that and this? JESSE JACKSON: Well, if it's repetitious and if it's a pattern, that is one question but the broader context here I must say is Shaquanda Cotton being sent to jail for seven years for pushing a hall monitor. We come out of March Madness, with all the blacks on the basketball court. UCLA had 132 [black?] freshmen admitted last year. And the Final Four, 26,000 freshmen in those four schools, 2,000 were black. Last year, more black men in jail than college in every state. That's a context. In some sense this spark hits a dry field. I guess no one likes to be considered a hypocrite - but when Jackson says he wants "open discussion" as to what Imus said he apparently means - open as to the topics I think are appropriate, not anyone else. Everyone, including Imus, Jackson, Sharpton, and millions of regular americans say things they wish they had not. It doesn't mean they are racistt, but maybe just a little insensitive. But - Imus and the rest don't need any sensitivity training -- this entire country needs a little de-sensitivity.

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