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Talk-Radio Host Don Imus Apologizes for On-Air Racial Slurs Against Rutgers Women's Basketball
FOX NEWS.COM ^ | April 06, 2007 | staff

Posted on 04/06/2007 4:59:26 PM PDT by kellynla

Syndicated talk-radio personality Don Imus apologized Friday for calling members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos" during a segment yesterday in his "Imus in the Morning" show.

Imus and his producer and on-air sidekick, Bernard McGuirk, went on to further attack the black members of the team, calling them "jigaboos and wannabees."

In his apology, Imus called his comments "insensitive and ill-conceived."

"It was completely inappropriate, and we can understand why people were offended," he told listeners at the opening of his broadcast Friday morning.

He further called the comments "thoughtless and stupid" and said, "We're sorry."

The apology came after Imus initially brushed aside criticism, telling The New York Times "not to worry about some idiot saying something meant to be amusing."

Rutgers officials issued this statement: "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."

Shortly after Imus made his comments about the Rutgers team, MSNBC released the following statement: "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."

The comments drew immediate outrage from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), which had called for a boycott of Imus' show until he issued a "sincere and unequivocal apology," referring to him as a "sophomoric host."

"Has he lost his mind?" asked NABJ President Bryan Monroe, vice president and editorial director for Ebony and Jet magazines in Chicago.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: bigotry; donimus; imus; lefty
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1 posted on 04/06/2007 4:59:28 PM PDT by kellynla
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To: kellynla

Imus? Never heard of it. Sounds like a virus.


2 posted on 04/06/2007 5:01:05 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: kellynla
Talk-Radio Host Don Imus

Just fire him. From what I hear of him, via his commercials, he sounds like he's always drunk (slurs his words) and acts like an idiot.

3 posted on 04/06/2007 5:03:58 PM PDT by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: kellynla

Hey Charles! It’s time to turn off the lights!


4 posted on 04/06/2007 5:04:07 PM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("Salvation is not free")
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To: Nachum

“jigaboos”? I haven’t heard this word in years. Imagine a conservative host having a sidekick say this.


5 posted on 04/06/2007 5:04:13 PM PDT by boop (Now Greg, you know I don't like that WORD!)
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To: kellynla

Imus is pond scum (apologies to pond scum)


6 posted on 04/06/2007 5:04:46 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Ben Franklin, we tried but we couldn't keep it.)
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To: kellynla

Why hasn’t he resigned, were are Jackson, Sharpton and Obama to demand he be drug thru the mud, oh wait he works for NBC, my bad!


7 posted on 04/06/2007 5:05:22 PM PDT by Trueblackman (Terrorism and Liberalism never sleep and neither do I)
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To: Nachum
for calling members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos"

I always thought that they were lesbians, not nappy-headed hos. Live and learn...

(Does anyone actually watch women playing basketball?)

8 posted on 04/06/2007 5:06:27 PM PDT by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: Trueblackman
Why hasn’t he resigned, were are Jackson, Sharpton and Obama to demand he be drug thru the mud, oh wait he works for NBC, my bad!

And he's pretty liberal so it's OK for him to make racial slurs.

9 posted on 04/06/2007 5:07:44 PM PDT by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: boop

The “Jigaboos vs. Wannabes” comment was a reference to a Spike Lee movie where two separate groups of black girls adopt these names — a reference to the fact that one of them (guess which one) is comprised of lighter-skinned girls than the other.


10 posted on 04/06/2007 5:12:02 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: kellynla

This is why I don’t watch or even concern myself with this idiot!


11 posted on 04/06/2007 5:12:40 PM PDT by XtreMarine
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To: kellynla
Back to rehab???

Or will it be re- education???

Naaah...I think he'll just sleep it off...

12 posted on 04/06/2007 5:12:45 PM PDT by pandemoniumreigns
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To: kellynla
The "jigaboos and wannabees" is a quote from a Spike Lee movie.. I think "School Daze"

McGurk was comparing the two teams as the two were compared in the movie.

13 posted on 04/06/2007 5:13:07 PM PDT by leadhead (Vote Fred Thompson, we've had enough bad actors!)
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To: kellynla

Poster boy for manic-depressives.


14 posted on 04/06/2007 5:13:09 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson in 08! Or Rudy/Hillary, if you want America finished off!)
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird

(Does anyone actually watch women playing basketball?)

We watched the UT/Rutgers game.

Those ladies can play!

And the ladies could show the MEN in college & the NBA how to shoot free throws! LOL


15 posted on 04/06/2007 5:15:03 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: Nachum

A 60s pot smoking liberal....


16 posted on 04/06/2007 5:22:32 PM PDT by thinking
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To: kellynla

I like Imus. I watch for the musical guests mainly. However he thinks because he runs a ranch for kids with cancer that he is immune to any and all criticism. The Wall Street Journal and Congressman Joe Barton found that out the hard way. He calls lots of women “Ho’s”. He calls his wife Diedre the “green” ho because of her crusade against toxic cleaning products. He will get a pass on this one by the MSM except Fox News because he calls Bush and Cheney war criminals daily. Other than that, it’s usually the best programming of any of the cable news outlets in that time slot. JMHO. YMMV.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3JXUr4vZqM


17 posted on 04/06/2007 5:33:39 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: kellynla

gotta question his judgment if he thinks the smokin’ hot Contessa Brewer is fat.


18 posted on 04/06/2007 5:42:50 PM PDT by isom35
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To: Liberty Valance

“I like Imus.”

What does that say about you?

Imus is a bigot. You can make all the excuses in the world but he has a LONG history of making bigoted remarks.


19 posted on 04/06/2007 5:47:40 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
I always thought that they were lesbians, not nappy-headed hos.

Nappy-headed lesbian hos?

20 posted on 04/06/2007 5:54:55 PM PDT by radiohead (They call me DOCTOR radiohead.)
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To: kellynla

“I like Imus.”

What does that say about you?

(Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)

Imus is a Marine.


21 posted on 04/06/2007 6:05:39 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Alberta's Child

“The ‘Jigaboos vs. Wannabes’ comment was a reference to a Spike Lee movie”

Thanks for the explanation. Somehow, most news outlets failed to explain the comment, and it did seem absurdly mean without hearing about the movie reference.


22 posted on 04/06/2007 6:10:35 PM PDT by Cedar
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Does anyone actually watch women playing basketball?

I would watch woman playing basketball sooner than I would watch Imus on his TV program make an ass of himself.

23 posted on 04/06/2007 6:15:12 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Liberty Valance

Just because Imus was in the Marine Corps doesn’t give him the right to make bigoted remarks.


24 posted on 04/06/2007 6:19:08 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: Nachum
Imus? Never heard of it. That's because you spelled it wrong. It's iMus. Click a button and it says stupid things...
25 posted on 04/06/2007 6:21:02 PM PDT by tubebender (Whom keeps stealing my Tag Line???)
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To: kellynla

Gee, what do you think would happen if Ann Coulter referred to “nappy-headed jigaboos”? Or Rush, O’Reilly, Hannity, or anybody else? Hell, they’d fire Howard Stern for that, but Imus is a wasted, incontinent old drunk, so nobody really cares.


26 posted on 04/06/2007 6:33:36 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: kellynla

Don’t care for Imus...but its true...thats what they look like.


27 posted on 04/06/2007 7:14:29 PM PDT by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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To: kellynla

Imus should respond to by singing this from the DFU archives of 2000 -—

(archives) DFU SONG: Both Sides Now (DFU says - IN YOUR FACE PC FASCISTS!)

NOTE: I am ready to explode over all of this PC crapola! People, lighten up and stop being so sensitive about every little thing that happens. DemocRATS, you brought us this stuff — we are going to ram it down your throats. May PC die a painfully horrible death as soon as possible.

MIDI - BOTH SIDES NOW
http://tomsmidis.com/index_files/Page349.html

Every white guy’s honkey scum…and every black’s a lazy bum

Italians all are Mafia…I’ve learned my history

The Germans started every war…each Catholic high school girl’s a whore

Colombians all deal cocaine…the Jews want things for free

I’ve looked around and I can see…I’m glad we have diversity

I hate all people equally…I don’t want anyone to live… next to me

Puerto Ricans love their knives…and athletes always beat their wives

Hispanics all have sneaked in here…each male dancer’s queer

An Asian woman cannot drive…why must a towel head be alive

A redneck’s IQ’s sixty five…the Irish chug their beer

I’ve looked around and I can see…I’m glad we have diversity

I hate all people equally…I don’t want anyone to live… next to me


28 posted on 04/06/2007 7:20:57 PM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: kellynla

“Just because Imus was in the Marine Corps doesn’t give him the right to make bigoted remarks.”

(Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)

Just because you’re a Freeper, doesn’t keep you from being a hypocrite.

p.s. you should change your tagline.


29 posted on 04/06/2007 7:22:05 PM PDT by Harrius Magnus (Pucker up Mo, and your dhimmi Leftist freaks, here comes your Jizya!)
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To: doug from upland

ROFLMAO!


30 posted on 04/06/2007 7:23:29 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: kellynla

This guy bumped Bill Bennett here this week in Memphis! Dang, I hate this!


31 posted on 04/06/2007 7:37:38 PM PDT by Sybeck1
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
(Does anyone actually watch women playing basketball?)

Did you ever watch the TV show "Futurama?" One time the cast crash landed on a planet populated by 12 foot tall women lead by a "femputer." The giant women explained that their most popular sport was basketball and, "our players can't dunk, but they know it more important to have good fundamentals." The male characters feel down laughing. Later they are led before the femputer, and after listing all the other terrible offenses the men have committed, one of the giants says, "And they even make fun of women's basketball!" The femputer says, "Did you explain the part about how the female players have great fundamentals?!?"

For making fun of the sport, the men are sentenced to death by "snoo-snoo."

32 posted on 04/06/2007 7:40:22 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (A pacifist sees no distinction between the arsonist and the fireman--Freeper ccmay)
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To: Liberty Valance
Imus is a Marine.

More proof of my theory that 99% of Marines are outstanding human beings, and the 1% that aren't are total bags of crap desperately trying to balnace out the other ones.

33 posted on 04/06/2007 7:42:10 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (A pacifist sees no distinction between the arsonist and the fireman--Freeper ccmay)
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To: Tainan; Admin Moderator

Think we need some cleanup on aisle 27.


34 posted on 04/06/2007 7:44:01 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (A pacifist sees no distinction between the arsonist and the fireman--Freeper ccmay)
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To: kellynla

This might get is butt canned. Rosie can felate terrorists and spit on the flag all she wants and get away with it but this whitey should know better than to slight the sistahs.


35 posted on 04/06/2007 7:49:54 PM PDT by DogBarkTree (The United States failure to act against Iran will be seen as weakness throughout the Muslim world.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Is your post supposed to “be a warning” to others who would dare to share their thoughts on a topic?

Its my opinion. You have yours - I have mine. Lets co-exist without the nanny stuff.


36 posted on 04/06/2007 8:00:45 PM PDT by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

LOL!!! I wish I saw that episode!


37 posted on 04/06/2007 8:06:00 PM PDT by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: Harrius Magnus

LMAO,that is ironic I must say!


38 posted on 04/06/2007 8:10:30 PM PDT by X-FID ( too early ?)
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To: boop
“jigaboos”? I haven’t heard this word in years. Imagine a conservative host having a sidekick say this.

Heads would literally be exploding. I just got some snide remarks last night right here on FR regarding my screen name.

39 posted on 04/06/2007 8:12:16 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Tainan; Admin Moderator
Is your post supposed to “be a warning” to others who would dare to share their thoughts on a topic?

You're new here, so allow me to explain. It's part of FR etiquette that if you talk about another person's faults or mistakes to anyone, including the mods, you include the person you're talking about. Otherwise you're "talking behind their back.

Your comment contained racist language, and we don't need that bilge on this site. If you disagree with that characterization, just consider it my opinion--you know, you have yours, I have mine. Or, if you really want to test it out, go to the nearest club frequented by the hip-hop crowd, pick a group of women and call them (in a loud voice) "nappy-headed hos." Then, as nature takes it course, be glad that my wife and I both donated type O blood last week.

40 posted on 04/06/2007 8:16:25 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (A pacifist sees no distinction between the arsonist and the fireman--Freeper ccmay)
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird

They still run it on Cartoon Network at 10:30 and 11:00 Eastern on weeknights. I’ve now seen every episode and I’ll tell you this: Futurama kicks the Simpson’s butts up and down the block, and it was great right up to the end,,,the last episode was the best of them all.


41 posted on 04/06/2007 8:19:24 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (A pacifist sees no distinction between the arsonist and the fireman--Freeper ccmay)
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To: kellynla

What a stupid thing to say. I never watch the guy.


42 posted on 04/06/2007 8:27:51 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: boop

My sister named our black dog Jigaboo (over 50 years ago). I hate to tell people his name when I give them pictures that he’s in. Good old dog. Deserved a better name than that.


43 posted on 04/06/2007 8:28:56 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: kellynla

I was shocked to read these comments. If Rush Limbaugh had this, even in jest, the libs would be making it into a full-blown hate crime.

If there is any fairness, Imus deserves to be fired. These weren’t just racial “jokes” that irritate only the predictable thin-skin crowd. These comments were outright racist and shameful.


44 posted on 04/06/2007 8:33:36 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (Sen. Charles Schumer - the left's Joseph McCarthy.)
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To: Sybeck1

“This guy bumped Bill Bennett here this week in Memphis”

please explain? LOL

btw, I was in MEM last week.
Had some of the best barbecue in my lifetime at the Bar-B-Q Shop on Madison Ave.!!!


45 posted on 04/06/2007 8:43:28 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla
When will he apologize to our President, VP, and troops for calling them murderers, terrorists, and liars.
46 posted on 04/06/2007 8:49:48 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: kellynla
I find this entire situation extremely hilarious.
47 posted on 04/06/2007 8:50:24 PM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Imus is pond scum (apologies to pond scum)

Imus is septic tank crust...

48 posted on 04/06/2007 8:52:07 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: kellynla
what .. no comments from Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton??

How about Charles Barron??

49 posted on 04/06/2007 9:04:17 PM PDT by Mo1 ( http://www.gohunter08.com)
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To: kellynla

imus is an Idiot.


50 posted on 04/06/2007 9:08:19 PM PDT by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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