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Rutgers players on Oprah today

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 12th 2007 2:18PM
oprah winfreyOprah is changing up her scheduled programming today in order to interview members of the Rutgers women's basketball team. The women were the subject of a racial and sexist slur by radio host Don Imus recently. On his show, Imus inexplicably called them "nappy-headed hos" after they lost the NCAA women's championship game. As a result, he was suspended by CBS Radio and has been fired by MSNBC.

Today, coach Vivian Stringer and ten players will appear on Oprah via satellite. It's only the second time they have spoken out in response to Imus' April 4th comments. Yesterday, the coach and several players said they found Imus' comments to be hurtful and insensitive.

Does Imus also deserve a live-via-satellite interview with Oprah?

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Tom

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June 10 2007 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ellen

I think Don Imus was very wrong in saying what he did, but I do not think he should be fired. Punish yes, fine yes, but not fired. If this is the case than anyone who has the public eye should have to watch what they say so that they do not offend anyone. Music today is so disgusting. The language is so offensive it makes me sick.
Just a few weeks ago in the local papers in NYC (Daily News) they ripped bus drivers apart accusing them of all sorts of things such as molestation, rape and verbal and physical abuse. Well I am insulted and so is my husaband who is a bus driver. He feels that he is walking around with the scarlet letter on his back when he wears his uniform. Maybe he should take some action on this. I think our freedom of speech will be taken away sometime in the future. Again, I do think Don Imus was wrong.

April 13 2007 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan German

I'm already sick of these whiners. Who cares about Imus anyways? By making a big deal about it, they give HIM the power to matter. Acknowledge that he's a dolt and move on. This hub bub is exactly what is wrong with America today. Peaople are taking these kinds of things WAY to seriously.

April 13 2007 at 1:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
christina

There is a reason why so many black women are upset by what he said. There is a history of racism in this country and when you grow up as a minority in this country, you automatically know you're not presented with all the same opportunities that white people have. There are a lot of black women who fight really hard and go to college and do certain things just to disprove the stereotype of what most white people still think of them today in the 21st century.

So when a white man makes a racist comment like that, black women are reminded of the racism that has affected so many black people during the civil rights movement and in slavery, especially if you're someone who really knows their history and really cares about what has happened to certain people in the past.

And Max I'm not saying that Imus raped anyone, I'm trying to explain why his comment really hit a nerve and I'm trying to explain to people why his comment really really affected people and why what he said is not something that you can just move on from after apologizing. I believe Imus knew exactly what he was saying when he said "nappy headed hos." He's a grown man. He wasn't born in the nineties where the words "ho's, bitches, and sluts" started to become more popular in our everyday culture. I grew up around a lot of black people who say the word "nigga" all the time but I made a choice not to ever use it because I feel like its a slap in the face towards the millions of black people who were called "nigger" everyday by white individuals.

So Imus made a choice - joke or not: he knew he was saying something incredibly racist when he made that comment.

April 12 2007 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Max

"When Imus called those college educated black women "nappy headed hoes" he made them feel lesser than human like the way slaves used to feel about themselves."

Tia, you are giving this man way too much credit. He "made them feel lesser than human"? You insult a group of strong, intelligent women by assuming a negative comment could drag them back into slavery! Please! Your self-rightousness anger is misdirected. No American alive today owned slaves.

April 12 2007 at 9:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Max

No, Tia, I don't get it. Imus didn't rape, torture, or beat anybody. He did his job. He stepped over the line. He appologized. His firing won't make up for centuries of injustices. Move forward. Quit blaming others.

April 12 2007 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
christina

Wow I guess this confirms that a lot of white men really don't get it. Do none of you even know your own history? - or do you even care?

Hearing that comment Imus made takes a woman all the way back to slavery. Black women who were slaves were forced by white men to feel like "ho's," like trash, and lesser than human. Those white slave owners raped black women almost every single day of their lives, chained them, and treated them as if they were animals.

When Imus called those college educated black women "nappy headed hoes" he made them feel lesser than human like the way slaves used to feel about themselves. Those slave owners called black women "niggers" and a million of other things as well, just to make them feel like they were nothing. That comment "nappy headed ho's" reaffirms what certain white men still feel about black women.

So in case some of you white men don't get why that comment would offend black women, now you know.

April 12 2007 at 9:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rick

Where are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton's apologies for the Duke players? No one seems to remember the hatred those two RACIST were spewing when that story broke.

They have nothing but hatred for white people. People probably do not remember Jesse Jackson makeing derogatory comments about Jews? No group of people have suffered as much as they have. Where was their apology?

I suppose it's okay for black comedians to call white people crackers or honkeys? Next time I will demand that Chris Rock be fired from his studio.

So this is now a one mistake society?

April 12 2007 at 8:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff

This is ridiculous. Oprah having a big love-in with the players as if they have gone through some huge trauma. Truth be told, if the media hadn't blown this whole thing out of proportion, it's doubtful they would have ever known what Imus said about them.

April 12 2007 at 6:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
christina

Oh please Max. Were you just born yesterday? Black people have been discriminated against and have been treated unfairly in this country for CENTURIES. Black people have been raped, tortured, beaten, murdered, and hung to death, solely because of the color of their skin, and this has been done towards black people, not for a couple of decades, but for CENTURIES.

And you still don't get why African-Americans would make such a big deal out of a white man saying such a racist and offensive comment on the radio?

April 12 2007 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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