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Tuesday, April 10

it's all bullshit

After watching the Rev. Al Sharpton verbally beat up on Don Imus for referring to members of the Rutgers women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed ho’s” I flipped over to the fuckin MTV.

There I got to hear a bunch of black rappers refer to black women as ho’s, bitches, refer to each other as niggers and so on and so on.

Then the Mind of Mencia came on and he referred to women as ho’s, whores, bitches, nappy headed skanks and so forth. I guess what I’m saying here is that until all the double-standard bullshit stops, muthafuckers need to stop trying to break their feet off in Don Imus.

Because he ain’t doing nothing different from what all these other muthafuckers are doing. Shit would be different if this was a better world and rappers never referred to black women as bitches, ho’s or whatever.

And the word nigger was considered the most heinous thing a person could be called so of course no one used it. If that was the case then Don Imus would truly be a vile person.

But is it actually fair to call him out on what he did if you can turn on the fuckin TV and hear our own people calling each other the same words? Is that fair?

"and the monkey flipped the switch"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So when you gonna run for office and get every one to understand what you just wrote...I am so sick of people pulling the race card for there own gain!!

9:34 AM  
Blogger GalacticallyStupid said...

The whole thing just wreaks of double-standards and they should just leave the fucker alone. He's apologized more times than he needed to.

9:47 AM  
Blogger satyavati said...

It is exactly a double standard. I think the part that people miss is when they call each other names like bitch or ho or poor white cracker trash then it's almost like giving other people carte blanche to say those things. First of all people need to learn respect and self respect and understand that no matter who calls you a ho they're still calling you a ho and it still ain't right. This is something that's entirely apart from race and discrimination. To turn it into a race issue is to look at the trees and not see the forest; the bigger problem is that people don't have respect for each other and respect for themselves. And shame on people like Sharpton who should know better and who should address the real problem.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Logtar said...

For me it all comes down to control. People feel that they are in control when they are the only ones that can do or say something. While black people should to keep on using that hideous word, I think some people feel empowered by the fact that in public they are the only ones allowed to use it (the reality is that behind closed doors people still use it as a racial slur, that to me is the sad part.)

We live in a world where equality is almost impossible because by nature we want to be more than others... competitive nature is built into our DNA for survival...

I do not think that what Don Anus said is appropriate, but I do not think that anyone calling a woman a ho' is being appropriate either.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Xavier Onassis said...

What Imus said was biggoted and sexist. There is indeed a double standard and I think the double standard is entirely appropriate and justified.

Look, when crazy old Imadinnerjacket over in Iran spews his vile hate-filled vomit directed at the jews, it's deplorable, but you just figure he's a crazy little fuck who likes hearing his own voice.

But imagine hearing the same words coming from the mouth of a German politician.

That raises the issue to a WHOLE other level by several orders of magnitude. Because there's a History there.

Same thing applies when white people utter racial slurs towards blacks. There is a History there that ratchets up the tensions.

It bothers me to hear blacks direct those words at each other. I wish they wouldn't. But just because they do it does not give me a free pass to do the same thing. Huh uh. Whole different story.

A double standard is generally the result of the scales being tipped WAAY to one side for a very long time. If there is a double standard, we (us white folk) brought it on ourselves. Suck it up. Walk it off. Rub some dirt on it. You'll get over it.

What really bugged me about listening to Imus "apologize" was him insisting that it was all in the context of humor. He was trying to be funny.

That, more than anything else proved that he just doesn't fucking get it. There is no difference between a racial joke or a racial slur.

It's like burning a cross in someone's yard or painting a swastika on their house and then saying "It was a joke!! A harmless prank! I was kidding!! I'm not a rascist! Where is your sense of humor?"

6:11 PM  
Blogger PGP said...

Greg I agree with you completely.
XO ... makes his point well but IMO over analyzing the whole thing.
There are just too many people out to make an issue of what someone says. Not to defend the supposedly offended parties but to grind their own axe.
In all the hoopla about this Imus incident I've not seen ONE comment from the Rutger's Team!

Mamma Said, "Two wrongs do not a Right Make!".

Imus - verbal diarrhea give him a slap and if he does it again kick his ass!

Sharpton - Self appointed defender of all things black pumped up ego and self righteous asshat. Needs to be told to STFU for a lot of reasons!

ALL THOSE Cocky Potty Mouth rappers and wanna bees. All of em needed to listen more to their mommas!

9:12 PM  
Blogger M.E. Bamboo said...

It is all bullshit. But it is not a complete double-standard.

I think for IT to be a double-standard, everyone must have the same reference point, the same definition in mind when saying it. A single definition that is ok for people on one side of the fence to say, not ok for those on the other side.

In this case, it’s hard to see, but I think the phrase really has two definitions. The difference is between the black and white perspectives. The modern argument is that blacks can say “nappy-headed ho” without the disease of bigotry creeping into the definition. Whites can’t, so their definition is purely offensive.

Not fair but until our language loses its color, that’s the way it is.

Now, I agree you could make the argument that the “ho” part is offensive to all. That word is some true double-standard bullshit right there. Nobody should be teaching our kids to use that word regularly. Black or white, yellow or green, chances are we all know and agree exactly what a “ho” is and we should probably save that word for emergency use only.

Imus and his crew crossed the line a long time ago. Like MTV, they’re in a business where rudeness is funny and profitable. Normal people may be offensive every now and then but they try not to make a big display of it like these morons do.

The real question is do you burn and destroy a personality every time he says some stupid shit on TV/radio? Geez, I ain’t got enough hours in the day as it is.

5:16 AM  
Blogger Nighty said...

I agree and I also disagree. I think we should say more bullshit and racial slurs until we no longer associate feeling towards "bad" words. Much like Eddie Griffen says, the more you use a word the less power it has.

8:00 AM  
Blogger satyavati said...

Black or white, yellow or green, chances are we all know and agree exactly what a “ho” is and we should probably save that word for emergency use only.

What emergency might we use that word in?

I'm just askin.

8:14 AM  
Anonymous blackbeltmama said...

You make a very good point. What he said was wrong, but why is it wrong when he says it and not when others do? I think he's being made an example of to appease the masses when there's a much bigger, broader problem out there (which you so aptly describe).

Came here from IAI-glad I did.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Dirty Birdie said...

While I agree that there is a double standard, many seem to be forgetting that this is not the first time Imus has made a racist comment. He apologized for it before and said he would clean up his act. He didn't, he won't. He is in fact a racist and a sexist.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Karl said...

I agree with you. They're making an example of Imus, but the words and terms are being shouted out on mainstream media all the time. I hate the "N" word and wish people would stop using it. Doesn't matter what color skin you have, you shouldn't be saying it.

3:08 PM  
Blogger cherryl said...

greg your blog is the hotness!

i agree on the double standard thing, but i could theoretically see an instance of a black woman calling her sista friend a "nappy headed ho" in jest.

however i could not see any white person calling any black person a "nappy headed ho" in jest.

there's just too much racial hurt inflicted by Whites on Blacks, from the fact that light skinned people were more likely to be priveledged after slavery, to the fact that some places won't hire you if your hairstyle is "too ethnic" etc., for White to have the same impunity when it comes to callling Black people certain things.

as for the "N-Word" debacle, that is a whole nother can of worms, but I don't agree with anyone calling anybody that unless they are using it appropriately, in the raceless sense to indicate someone who is ignorant.

12:54 AM  
Anonymous Joshua Xalpharis said...

Don Imus is a cantankerous old fucker that never should have been near the microphone to begin with. Everyone knew he was a fucking racist, he has been saying the same shit for quite a while now. At least a decade or so...

He was an asshole then, and still is now. I see no difference between Imus of '97 and Imus of '07. Except now he has taken to wearing hats indoors...

Yes, I'm glad his racist, sexist, douchefuck old bastard ass has been fired. I'd yank his broadcast license on top of that. Fuck him.

While we're firing douchefucktards that spew this shit on public airwaves, we'll have to fire Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and pretty much every other asshole that has a job in radio. Fuck all of them.

4:14 AM  

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