Skip to comments.Angelou: Hip-Hoppers Would Lose Microphone If They Slurred Laura Bush
Posted on 04/13/2007 8:52:36 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
In the wake of the Imus affair, MSNBC is airing an all-day discussion on the theme "What's OK to say?" Poet Maya Angelou appeared at 11:05 AM EDT, and in the course of her interview with MSNBC's Peter Alexander, had this exchange:
ALEXANDER: Dr. Angelou, you're an author and an artist. I guess the question is, is there a need for more censorship of our media and of our arts, are you comfortable with that? And if that happens, when does it end? What is OK to say?
ANGELOU: Exactly. I agree with that. I think the society decides upon the censorship. Each person censors himself or herself. Do you think, if any of these hip-hoppers, if they said about Mrs. Bush what they say about black women, do you think they would be given a microphone? Do you really think so? So we have to censor ourselves. And then, the society makes that decision.
View video here.
Leave it to Angelou, she who read a poem [YouTube here] at Bill Clinton's first inauguration, to drag partisan politics into it. What we do know is that Don Imus lost his microphone for saying those kind of things about the Rutgers basketball players. Could hip-hoppers say them about Laura Bush? I don't know, but just looking at Michelle Malkin's recent cataloging of rap lyrics, I see that George Bush is fair game [see lyrics from Unk].I'll venture the name of one woman who would almost certainly be off limits: Ms. Angelou herself. What do you think: could rappers rap Mrs. Bush and keep their gigs?
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Angelou-Laura Bush-Imus ping to Today show list.
Oh, what a ditz.
Is Angelou saying it's okay to call black women ho's, but not Laura Bush?
They’d suffer a worse fate if they slurred Hillary.
They would probably be given the seat of honor next to Jimmy Carter at the next DNC convention.
Does she not remember the rappers lyrics about raping or killing Gore’s daughters or wife?
What if you said bad things about Clarence Thomas, including wishing an early death on him like Julianne Malveaux did? What if you called him an Uncle Tom and made jokes about him being HNIC?
I know this is slightly off topic, but all this discussion of rap music has me thinking. If bad things were said about Laura Bush in a rap song, would anyone know? I can’t understand a word they’re saying.
Yes she is.
Too bad. She was an above average poet. Now she is just a bitter old woman. That’s a Kwame West style slander of the Bush administration.
-well, I believe Imus slurred hillary on a regular basis.
Of course, we all recognize this as a call to slur the First Lady. I’ll bet money on it...
Maya Angelou is a coddled, self-indulgent, pretentious, untalented pseudo “writer”, hack and phony.
If she were white, nobody would give her the time of day.
And now, Maya Angelou for Butterfingers:
“The wind. The rain. The fire.
Did the Caveman know your delicious goodness?
Did the Mayan Priest exhalt in your buttery crunchiness?
Did the slothful Mastodon, upon his extinction, declare,
“Don’t lay a finger on my Butterfinger?”
Oh, you finger of butter!
You proud confection!
Sugar brown roasted peanuts,
fructose, glucose, sucrose, lactose,
partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil.
Crispity, crunchity, peanut buttery—
I... give... myself... to... you.
Glad mantle of golden chocolaty hope upon my breast.”
If any Rapper said bad things about Hillary, they would find themselves Arkancided.
Too bad Bernard McGuirk’s can’t parody of Maya Angelou again.