≡ Menu

Whose Bleepin’ Line was Crossed?

I’ve watched with growing interest the unfolding of the Don Imus saga and, while I’m no fan of his, feel the uproar highlights a monstrous double standard at the heart of American society. His statements Soroza-censor.jpgabout the Rutgers’ Women’s basketball team were obviously out of bounds — everybody agrees about that. But should he have been fired?

Hey, I don’t know why people enjoy these shock jocks in the first place. Imus and entertainers of his ilk have built careers out of insulting, name calling, envelope pushing, sexist banter designed to offend someone along the spectrum. What’s worse than that guys like this stay in business, is that there’s an audience to continually tune in and snicker at the filth. Fire him? Go ahead.

My problem is when we don’t equally castigate the gutter culture where these statements continue to fester and find root.

Michelle Malkin, in a National Review Online article entitled Top 40 Depravity, exposes this gutter culture by simply quoting from Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. For instance, the current No. 1 rap track is by a new sensation named “Mims.” The song is “This Is Why I’m Hot.” It’s topped the charts for the last 15 weeks. Here’s a sampling of what’s being pumped into the next generation’s collective head:

This is why I’m hot, Catch me on the block

dirty_toilet.jpgEvery other day, Another bitch another drop

16 bars, 24 pop

44 songs, nigga gimme what you got . . .

. . . We into big spinners

See my pimping never dragged

Find me wit’ different women that you niggas never had

For those who say they know me know I’m focused on ma cream

Player you come between you’d better focus on the beam

I keep it so mean the way you see me lean

And when I say I’m hot my nigga dis is what I mean

Man, that’s deep. Isn’t this the type of language people are all up in arms about — degrading, demeaning, racially volatile? Where’s the sensitivity police when you need them? But as you’ve probably guessed, the Top 40 list is filled with this type of language — references to hos, pimps, gangstas, bootys and blunts.

So why isn’t anybody calling them on it?

2007-04-11_imus.jpgConstance L. Rice is a civil rights attorney in Los Angeles. Her commentary, Imus is not Alone, appearing in Wednesday’s L.A. Times, pointed out the discrepancy:

…Imus should only be fired when the black artists who make millions rapping about black bitches and hos lose their record contracts. Black leaders should denounce Imus and boycott him and call for his head only after they do the same for the misogynist artists with whom they have shared stages, magazine covers and award shows.

The truth is, Imus’ remarks mimic those of the original gurus of black female denigration: black men with no class. He is only repeating what he’s heard and being honest about the way many men — of all races — judge women.

In case you’re wondering, Constance L. Rice is not an angry white male. Either way, I concur. But perhaps a line from Billboard’s No. 6 song, “Rock Your Hips” by “Crime Mob”, says it better than anyone:

One dumb radio/television shock jock’s insult is a drop in the ocean of barbaric filth and anti-female hatred on the radio.

Wow! Some rappers I can finally agree with. Imus’ comments are just “a drop in the ocean of barbaric filth.” We can talk about free speech all we want, but there’s gotta be lines. Yet somehow, we have allowed an entire industry of “barbaric filth” to grow unchecked. How can this language be *bad* when we’re giving Academy Awards to songs like It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimpa song which contains identical phrases to the ones Imus got fired for? Once again, it appears that Americans have two sets of lines. . . only, if you cross mine, it doesn’t bleepin’ matter.

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on TumblrShare on Reddit
{ 7 comments… add one }
  • GerM April 13, 2007, 12:53 PM

    It’s true about the hip-hop industry but two wrongs don’t make a right. What Imus said was inapropriate and he deserved to be fired. mike, you can’t justify his actions by blaming a bunch of rappers.

  • Mike Duran April 13, 2007, 1:23 PM

    I agree. But the fact that you admit there’s “two wrongs” is the issue. So we addressed Imus’ wrong. Well, what about the other?

  • Jeanne Damoff April 13, 2007, 2:58 PM

    Yeah, Mike, but aren’t you forgetting that Christians are intolerant? We aren’t entitled to recognize double standards or point out inconsistencies. As those broad-minded PC folk assert, people who believe in absolutes are never right.

  • janet April 13, 2007, 4:14 PM

    Imus was wrong. And needed some sort of consequence. We all know that. But come on. It’s like a wild mob going after him. People would lynch him if they could get away with it. No forgiveness.

    Gee, I’m glad I never say anything stupid (tongue in cheek.)

    Don’t forget the other double standard. It’s generally acceptable to say anything you want about Christians. There’s no public outcry when we are called names. And we are called some pretty bad names.

    You are completely right about the rap double standard, Mike. It’s craaaaazy.

  • janet April 13, 2007, 4:16 PM

    Besides, the whole Imus circus takes up too much of hte news hour; I want to hear more about the real news- Anna Nicole and DaniLynn. Don’t you?

  • Rap music enthusiast April 14, 2007, 12:52 AM

    What’s wrong with what Imus said? My friends call women bitches and hos all the time.
    To support your point though, I think much of their vocabulary and view of women has been shaped by the hip hop culture.

  • discount tires in georgia August 20, 2011, 6:10 AM

    “We want government out of people’s lives!”* *with the exceptions of the correct to kill you, let you know what to do with your body, and who it is possible to marry….and by “people” we mean corporations.

Leave a Comment