Comparing Don Imus' language with hip-hop artists' poetic expression is
misguided and inaccurate and feeds into a mindset that can be a catalyst for unwarranted, rampant censorship.
Thoughts on quote one: I agree. After blaming hip-hop, the next-step is clearly to change it "for the better." I've got some problem with a complete differentiation of the language of two groups of people. If you want me to get real controversial, I'd talk about my stance on the whole white/black use of the term "nigger." But, for another day. Right now, is it completely fair that we should hate on Imus and not say...Devin the Dude.?
Monday, April 16th, 2007:
People who are angry, uneducated and come from tremendous struggle, they have poetic license and they say things that offend you. You have to talk about the conditions that create those kinds of lyrics. When you are talking about a privileged man who has a mainstream vehicle and mainstream support and is on a radio station like that you have to deal with them differently.
Thoughts on quote: While, I still hold the same problem with this quote as with the previous one concerning whether the "angry, uneducated" really have more "poetic license" than the "privileged man." At least this one addresses the idea of forum, public versus private discourse. It is easy to believe that both quotes came from the same person.
Monday, April 23rd, 2007:
We recommend that the recording and broadcast industries voluntarily remove/bleep/delete the misogynistic words 'bitch' and 'ho' and the racially offensive word 'nigger.' These three words should be considered with the same objections to obscenity as 'extreme curse words.
Thoughts on quote three: Here's the subtle, logical "next-step" in action that the first quote warns about. This quote was clearly not issued by the same man of the first two.
But wait? It was? In fact, you might've heard of the gentleman before. Russell Simmons sound familiar?
You know, brother to that dude on Run's House. Yeah...that guy.
Alright, Rus. Real talk time:
That's a bitch move for your hoe ass to make, nigga.
- You brought that abrasive hip-hop to the homestead. You didn't work this hard to bring that in-your-face attitude to a lot white people, to take things a couple steps back because of white people. Someone who acquiesces like that, sir, is what we here in the Hip-Hop community like to call a bitch.
- You think I didn't notice that book deal you had going on, Russell? Coincidence that you should completely flip your entire opinion the day fucking before your new book comes out. More importantly, if you after publicity like that, don't go pimp out hip-hop with your greasey shit. Rap made you what you are, and you gonna flip it for a few minutes on television. If music was your sugar daddy (and let's not act like it isn't), then you, sir, are a straight hoe.
- Don't even think this is about you, nigga. Five dollars said Don Imus never listened to a hip-hop song in his life, save for "Hot in Herre" and "Drop It Like It's Hot," because no one could avoid those. You don't need to get all self-righteous and do something. Can we discuss something for a minute? Is Don Imus an idiot? Yes. Should he have been fired? No. I'd even go so far as to say he had a point. Did you see those chicks?
Anyway, Russell: Stop being a fuck.
Hip-Hop: For as many times you've been blamed, you'd think you'd realize it isn't always about you.
Don Imus: Go buddy up with Michael Richards. Take that shit on the road or something.
Oprah: Suck a dick and cut a check.
Rutgers' girls: Seriously, ain't they got some salons up in Jerz?