Popular radio show host Don Imus has a long reputation for insensitive remarks — but his comments about a team in the NCAA women's championship game may finally silence the airwaves bully.
On Monday morning, the day after Rutgers University lost its championship game with the University of Tennessee, Imus made the following remarks, while conversing with Bernark McGuirk, his producer:
"That's some rough girls from Rutgers," Imus said. "Man, they got tattoos..."
"Some hardcore hos," McGuirk said.
"That's some nappy-headed hos there, I'm going to tell you that," Imus said.
Now, Imus finds himself in hot water, as the Rev. Al Sharpton has publicly called for the radio show's demise. Sharpton wants Imus to be fired, and intends to complain to the Federal Communications Commission about the matter. READ MORE
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Here's What FOX Fans Are Saying:
"I think he should be forced to apologize to each player in a public forum and then be fired." — Jerry
"Imus is a jerk, but if he is fired, he will just be hired elsewhere for more money. We all have an off-on switch. If you don't like him, or Jesse or Al, just turn them off!" — Mike (Mandeville, La)
"Imus wasn't being malicious ... just plain stupid. Most intelligent people know that. Of course that doesn't make it right, especially when emitted over the air. Lose his job? Get real!" — Howard
"I certainly do not agree with what Imus said. It was cruel and insensitive. However, there is a fundamental belief and first amendment right in this country called free speech. In modern day society, people rush to defend the rights of people who speak out against our government, our president, and our Christian values. As sad as these comments may seem, they should be protected and defended under the same freedom." — Kristie (Florida)
"Imus should not be fired. Much of his show is off color humor, and much of it is very informative news and political analysis. There is a free speech issue here, but more importantly to me, it is the double standard being imposed that is of concern. When Imus talks about homosexuals, Jews, Asians, Arabs, Republicans, Democrats, French, Italians, his wife, and the list goes on — no one calls for his head. But when it involves blacks, all of a sudden he should be off the air? I don't think so." — Andrew
"I don't think Imus is a racist but I do think he is insensitive and says things like this for the shock value. My question is, "How come such an uproar on his comments and nothing on Rosie O'Donnell and what she said? " — Ruth
"Much ado about nothing. There's too much darn worry about being politically correct — everyone is always trying to avoid offending anyone. If people do not like what Imus has to say, they should turn their radio to another station." — Nicholas (North Carolina)
"Yes, Imus should go. He's gone to far this time and his comments on the Lady Knights Team were uncalled for." — Kandi (New Blaine, AR)
"Mr. Imus' comments were reprehensible. However, radio and TV are bombarded daily with black comedians and rap artists who use the same racial slurs throughout their performances. Is Al Sharpton going to call for a boycott of Chris Rock or Snoop Dog? It's time to drop that double standard." — B.T.
"No I don't think so. It was an ignorant joke and from what I've read he is not racist. I believe that the likes of Rosie O'Donnell's attacks on President Bush and the troops are far worse. She should be fired and renounced." — Henri
"Imus should apologize to Rutgers, not to sleazy Al. Please tell me why he has to go on Al Sharpton's show to justify himself. Why is Al Sharpton the arbiter of what is right and good?" — Elmer & Bobbie
"What he said was incredibly sexist, racist and so incredibly insensitive to those young women. I feel that he has the right to free speech, even if it offends. He should not lose his job over this. An apology is enough and I don't think that was even warranted. Everyone is trying to be so politically correct that soon there will be no free speech in America." — Melissa (Rome, GA)
"I don't believe anyone should be fired for what they say. This is a free country that has touted freedom of speech since its inception. Now, if what someone says causes them to be ineffective in their job? That certainly warrants review. The Dixie Chicks are an example of this. They weren't fired. Their fan-base evaporated when they made their infamous comments. If Imus' viewership suffers from this statement to the extent that CBS could do better elsewhere, fine. Can 'em. Until then, keep him where he is!" — Brad (Charleston, WV)
"Let him check into rehab like everyone else! No, don't fire him. Al Sharpton is not the holiest of the human race, neither is Jesse Jackson." — Jerry
"Absolutely NOT! Political correctness will be this country's undoing. It's humor … grow up people! Sharpton has no credibility to ask for the cancellation of Imus' show. Nor does Jackson! Did Sharpton resign from the public after the Tawana Brawley case?" — Edward
"No, I don't think it should cost him his job. We are all human. We all make mistakes. The important thing is we learn from them and move on. Maybe those that cannot forgive others need to step back and re-evaluate themselves. I hope his bosses do not bend to the intimidation and stand firm with their employee." — Stephanie
"No, Anyone who listens to Don Imus knows that you can expect anything. It is for entertainment value." — Mike
"He absolutely should lose his job. What he said, free speech or not, was disturbing. If he weren't a liberal, there wouldn't even be a question of 'should he lose his job,' he'd have already been fired." — Jill
"Yes, I think he should go. Its time for a change. He has made too many insults and bad comments over the years, and the public wants it to stop. Replace him with a strong willed opinionated person, who has the class to also be polite and nice, instead of how things are said on the Imus show." — Joanie
"Witch hunt! Rev. Al, I thought you were suppose to be forgiving?! What would the Lord do Al?" — Mike (Lake Oswego, OR)
"No, I don't think Imus should lose his job over insensitive remarks, or even racist remarks. Being insensitive is not illegal, just rude." — Rick
"By a long shot, he is not my favorite. Yet, this is still America, and he can speak out. He should keep his job…" — Jac
"Come on! Imus is a shock jock! Everything he says is outrageous. That's why people listen to him. No one takes him seriously." — Chalmers (Dallas, TX)
"Unfortunately, he should know better. He has been around long enough, we have seen so many others go down this route. I think he took a poorly calculated risk. I do not believe he is sorry, he has had to many opportunities to learn from others. I think the statement was totally inappropriate, especially when these girls fought so hard and earned the respect of a nation who enjoyed the sport. I do believe Imus should resign." — Henry
"The idea that Don Imus should be fired for his recent words about the Rutgers women's basketball team is ridiculous! He's been talking like that for years about everyone. Why is he being attacked now? The PC police ought to at the least be consistent." — Kristen (Livonia, MI)
"Should Imus lose his job over this? NO! The man made a mistake. He's apologized over and over again. What else can he do? It wasn't a nice thing to say, but to lose one's job over it is ridiculous. Imus has done so many wonderful things for charity and people, I am willing to overlook a moment of insanity!" — Laura
"I am an African American female who listens to Imus from time to time, and I thought he was kind of cool until the racial remarks. I know we as humans make mistakes, but this was way over the top. Fire him!" — Margo (Winnfield, LA)