Monday, April 09, 2007

Happy To Be Nappy

Latest talking anus host, Don Imus, apologizes for his "nappy-headed hos" comment. Will rehab and counseling come next? Are ratings down for the I man? Yes, I know, degrading has been in and trendy for a long time but - "nappy-headed hos?"

As though there's not enough self-destructive Black artists referring to Black women as hos - Imus has to join the chorus. Imus should take his 10 gallon cowboy hat and ride into the sunset with the remains of his poor leathered skin and vodka soaked brain cell.

Imus, and others, trying to be serious and/or funny, Limbaugh, Savage Weenie, Rosie, Maher, Springer, Dennis Miller, O'Reilly, Howard Stern, etc. are "Personalities." Ha! No they're not.

They're narcissistic sociopaths. Public raunch addicts presented to a socially dysfunctional and illiterate audience by MSM, Inc. Big mouths without talent, glorifying the rude, the obnoxious, the vulgar. Addicts, addicted to egos, to alcohol, drugs, food, their own voice. Corporate controlled, overpaid inflated ids. Now, who's a ho?


Anonymous said...

Speaking of the self destructive Black artists, it seems they get away with denigrating Black women and their reputations in the songs they sing just because they (the artists) are Black. How does this give them the right to cast dispersions on a whole group of women. In depicting the women from their race in a disparaging way in their work, they look silly, as they are undermining their own people. If this is the kind of citizens they want to be, why should we be made to look bad?

The artists that do this seem to have some heavy duty psychological issues. Sounds like a good strong course in self-realization and self love is in order for this crowd. And while they are at it, throw in some anger management courses for good measure. Or is this their therapy and the way they work out their problems? They are young, immature and ignorant and make lots of money, but respect for them is not the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of some of them, because they seem self serving. They cause a flock of embarrassment and trouble for others with their words as they refer to themselves as “niggers” and put their frustrations in their music with the help of the music industry.

Why hasn't someone sued them (the artists) and their record companies for defamation of character of Black women? Or, demanded that they pull or edit their songs and edit their music videos for softer and favorable images of the women? The way some of them market Black women in their videos is ridiculous.

Where is Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson when it comes to cleaning up their own house? Bill Cosby has tried to address some aspects of the problem. Let them get on these "artists" and music companies cases the way they have gotten on Imus' case. Imus is the least of their problems. It sounds like he is just jumping on the bandwagon with the artists. There is an enemy and the enemy is us.

Kate-A said...

Sharpton has been on rappers case for a long time. There is also a large group of rap artists against the degradation in corporate rap, creating independent record labels, more sociopolitical rap.

Imus, and others, hide their racism behind the excuse of "well, Blacks call each other niggers and hos". Yassuh Mr. Imus, we all talks like that. Too many whites, as usual, think all Blacks use and condone the terms. Imus claims now he has tried for years to get a Black on his show. Yessiree Don, we be that ignant and believes ya.

Imus running scared as he puts more and more foot in his mouth.

If Imus had referred to youthful and talented golfers Morgan Pressel and Natalie Gulbis as those "stringy-haired cunts" would he receive a 2 week suspension, which he says he'll "serve with dignity," and I'd like to know where he plans to buy dignity as the old mummy has never shown any before.

My theory is the anglo PTB have been intentionally leading Blacks to commit social suicide, ethnic self-destruction. Degrading music, too many modern Stepin Fetchit shuck and jive sitcoms, comedy routines with nothing but 4 letter toilet humor, combined with failing school systems, the prison system, deadend welfare programs, glorified prosmiscuity, fatherless children, and drugs - the PTB are winning easily.

I'm a bit disappointed Coach Stringer is including sexism in this situation as white folks are apt to run with that to take the focus off racism. NOW, the National Organization of Women, has been totally complicit, having watched the media for years portray all women as little more than public orifices.

As Coach Stringer said yesterday, it's all about green. And as I've often said, to stop something – hit 'em where they live - their wallet.

I'm not particularly "politically correct" but there are some things ya just keep to yourself, or no further than your own home. I'm tired of everything squirting from anyone's mouth as being "free speech." It's not free speech – it's a public so ignorant we're manipulated to debase ourselves and one another, and call it liberation.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many of those exhibiting righteous indignation over the Imus comments own recording by 50 cent or R. Kelly or other of that ilk?
If 50 cent had said the exact same things in a song, not only would he be up for a Grammy Award but the Rutgers Women's Basketball Team would be begging to appear in the video.

Anonymous said...

Regarding Imus, He should be forgiven by all. The stations that carry his show and the advertisers included.

My thought is that he probably heard the rappers or someone using that kind of language first and thought it was funny and decided to use it thinking he was saying something "hip" and funny.

When I first saw the phrase on Yahoo, it was such an unusual phrase to read about I did laugh. Then I saw that people were taking this seriously.

I have not heard the context within which he said what he did, but I wonder if he was trying to be malicious or just funny.

At some point, everyone will need someone to go easy on them for stupid things they have done, or stupid words they have spoken. This is one of those instances where I hope he becomes a better individual because of his experience and can bounce back to his work.

Kate-A said...

Sales would show it is white youth, not Blacks, who have made wealthy men of misogynist rappers.

All those white boys and girls paying to sing along with those exact words, and dumb enough to think 'nigga' is a term of endearment b/c a few low-life Black rappers tell them it is.

How stupid does someone have to be to think they can justify denigrating Black females b/c a vulgar subculture of Black rappers do it? Very stupid.

Kate-A said...

anon #2
I notice this evening the talking point is becoming "the hypocrisy" of Blacks using the derrogatory terms but are upset when Imus does. Sort of a blame the victim mentality.

Imus is representative of the culture he imitates (Black and white) - crude, egotistic, decaying, pointless. He's a symptom.

At least Mel was under the influence and Michael Richards a nobody has-been.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kate,

You said it...very stupid.

I just saw the MSN headlines. More sponsors have dropped Imus. In my earlier post, I got carried away talking about the rappers. Imust did denigrate those women and there is no excuse for that. It doesn't matter if I think he learned the words he used from the rappers, he is responsible for what he said. I wouldn't want to be disrespected because of his stupidity.

What he said was stupid yes. But, I still think an apology and restitution goes a long way.

Kate-A said...

Middle-America Blacks will not feel an apology is enough. Considering Imus is 66 y/o with decades of experience he can't be this guileless, and as the saying goes, 'you can't fix stupid.'

I think part of the anger is that TPTB have portrayed Black females as emasculating Sapphires and hos and welfare queens for decades - and then Imus denigrates our young Black female champions.

The straw that broke the camel's back sort of thing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kate,

Got it. Finally. Wonder why the TPTB are busy making the kind of portray of our women in the way you described. We have many, many beautiful, wonderful women among us whom I think many are of the quality to be "a consort for a king".

I have never understood why they focus on such distasteful angle in that regard.

The short coming with my posts were that I don't watch TV news, and I don't usually read the entire articles on the Internet (which is where I get my news). In this case, I saw the headline for the article and just scanned down and saw that he made the comment because the team lost a game. So I never read the complete story. Thinking religiously I thought about "forgiveness" only. I was not looking at the many pieces to this scenario: The negative PR aspect and whatever else it was adding.

This whole thing is really something. By making the statement he did, it looks like he has inadvertently put this issue on the front burner so that some headway can be made to deal with the problem.

Kate-A said...

I so hope the situation generates some quality in the air waves. Like you, I seldom catch much television. It's a waste of my time.

I don't believe it was pressure from the Black community that did Imus in, as some would like to believe. Eight days to fire him, after corporate sponsors began bailing out, after CBS and NBC personnel called for his firing - then he was fired.

Public pressure would've taken longer. Black pressure would have taken longer.

His ad backers, colleagues, and coworkers wanted his head to roll. His peers wouldn't support him.

That says a lot about the kind of man he was.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kate,

I have just seen Imus has been fired. To me this solves nothing because the problem was there before he said what he did. To me he wasn't even the problem. So far he looks like some guy who (a pivotal character) who said something (from his perspective) at the wrong place and wrong time.

In theater/cinema one of the purposes of a pivotal character is to transition the plot/storyine from one point to the next to make the continuity of the story believeable and maybe add other elements to it. It is possible that you may or may not see them again during the remainder of the performance. However, their role is extremely important.

I know this is premature, and not a good example to compare him to, but here goes: Imus may do for cleaning up this mess that has been exacerbated by Rap and Hip-Hop what Rosa Parks did for setting off the Civil Rights movement. (She did not know her actions would have the effect that they did) (He did not know is words would have the affect they are having thus far) He has certainly said something that has caused some damage to himself and others, but some of the main perpetrators of this kibnd of talk and image making are still on the playing field. So far, nothing is being done to them: The rappers, hip hop and the music companies.

Imus has apologized many times and I think he is repentant. Sometimes people don't know what role they will play. Such as finding yourself involved in something so much bigger than you could have ever imagined.

I hope this turns out to be a win, win situation for everyone involved.

Anonymous said...

Also, regarding the pivotal character I referred to: They may show up out of nowhere and just have a few lines, or none with their appearance in the performance being of short duration for the time being. They can also be brought back in later on.

I wrote a screenplay and introduced one character at the very beginning with no lines to her part, with just a little screen time; then I brought her back on toward the end of the story to be instrumental in rescuing the main character.

Writing can be very exciting. Thanks to all of that literature I read as a child!

Kate-A said...

First let me say Rosa knew exactly what she was doing - challenging the racist status quo. She was an intelligent, courageous, middle-age woman, member of the local NAACP and Montgomery Voters League. Her one phone call from jail was to the local NAACP. Smart cookie. :)

But I know what you mean by Imus being a peripheral sort of character. Imus is a fart in the whirlwind, albeit he's been a loud one, with hundreds if not thousands like him and to replace him. It's a shame someone his age has so little common sense and sensibility. He is somewhat of a pathetic figure now - but my dad used to say pathetic is pity mixed with contempt - guess that's appropriate.

Blacks, and all America, have to take responsibility at home. Folks have allowed corporations/government to rule their minds from cradle to grave.

Rather than the silly mantra of "take back America" it should be take back our own minds.

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