Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Pacman a Blackman?

If you read Politico.com or AOL’s homepage you might have heard that Mr. Imus could be in a bit of racial trouble again. Even the esteemed New York Times ran a small story about it.

Based on that story, here’s the pertinent information:

When told by the program’s sportscaster, Warner Wolf, that [Adam “Pacman”] Jones no longer wished to be called by his nickname — so that people might forget his record of multiple arrests in recent years — Mr. Imus asked, “What color is he?’’

“He’s African-American,’’ Mr. Wolf responded.

“Well, there you go,’’ Mr. Imus said. “Now we know.’’

Oh my G-d. I-man is a racist!!!! Let’s lynch him now!!!

Wait just a cotton-picking (racist) minute. Lets rewind the show tape for a minute and hear the exchange between Imus and Wolf 30 seconds before the one above. Wolf reported on a golf reporter commenting that Rocco Mediate looked “Like he should be cleaning Tiger Wood’s pool.” Mr. Imus then chirped in and said, “What color is he?”

You get it people…it’s a joke now. And as predicted Fat Al (Sharpton this time…not Wynn) released a statement:

"It has been reported to me that statements were made by Mr. Imus this morning and National Action Network has monitored his show since his return. I find the inference of his remark disturbing because it plays into stereotypes. Any use of stereotypes is always counterproductive. We will determine in the next day or so whether or not his remark warrants direct action on our part as we did in April of last year."

Fat Al wrote that? Yeah, somehow I don’t think so. This man is so inarticulate that he makes Don King look like Maya Angelou. If you are going to judge Imus on his previous record (Nappy headed Hos) then as I’ve argued before we should judge the critics on theirs.

Al Sharpton:

Using Sharpton’s judging system any of those should be enough to disqualify Fat Al as being an authoritative source on anything other then inciting race riots and racial tensions. He furthers those tensions for his own gain and notoriety instead of helping to bring all people together. Of course if you use his system to judge me then I'm going to jail for a long, long time. Maybe me and Fat Al will get together and play a nice game of bloody knuckles, or maybe pinochle, whichever comes first.

1 comment:

acklaw said...

I don't think you can defend Imus on this one by attacking Al Sharpton. There are plenty of sane people who are just as offended by Imus's comment. And I don't buy Imus's lame explanation either.