Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Joke of the Day

Imus is at his funniest, when he's making excuses:

"On Tuesday he said he was following the spirit of that promise by calling attention to the unfair treatment of blacks - in this case the arrests of suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones.

"What people should be outraged about is that they arrest blacks for no reason," Imus said. "I mean, there's no reason to arrest this kid six times. Maybe he did something once, but everyone does something once."

He called the flurry of criticism surrounding the comments "ridiculous" and said that his program's cast is now more diverse than ever - and includes a black producer and two black co-hosts.

"How insane would I have to be? What would I be thinking?" Imus wondered aloud.
Co-host Karith Foster - who is black - came to Imus' defense during Tuesday's broadcast, saying, "People who interpret what you said as racist clearly didn't hear the whole thing, and they don't know who you are and what the program is about - and they obviously haven't been listening."

The latest comments by Imus to come under scrutiny were aired on Monday's broadcast. During a conversation about Jones' run-ins with the law, Imus asked, "What color is he?" Sports announcer Warner Wolf said Jones - formerly known as Pacman - is "African-American." Imus responded: "There you go. Now we know."

I don't even know where to begin--the fact that Imus said something so blatantly racist to start with, or the fact that he chose this lame excuse to end. And then to say that Pac-Man Jones is an example of racism...Pac-Man Jones? Really? Really? He's an example of stupidity sure, but racism? Man this is so weak.

Imus seems like the kind of guy who'd burn a cross on your lawn and then tell you the next day that he did it to show you that racism is still alive. Or better yet, the thief who breaks into a bank, and when he gets caught says he did it to show how security is so lax.

But what do you expect? He's friggin Imus! What, you thought he'd 'changed'? Then I guess the joke's on you.

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