By linking to Pandagon’s coverage of Don Imus’ recent slur against the Rutgers women’s basketball team, I don’t have to repeat what he actually said or link to any mainstream news sources.
I just want to point out that you can’t buy publicity like Imus is getting now. In the entertainment world, there’s no such thing as bad publicity, which means anything he can say without getting sued into poverty is good for him. It makes him more popular. It makes him more money.
Out of all the things that seriously bother me about this – that he even thought to say it, that he did say it, that these young women are having to go through this, that he and his employers aren’t suffering enough for this – maybe what bothers me most is to think how much money people stand to make from these incidents.
Fortunately, I’m not alone. As the Pandagon article reports, some sponsors are pulling ads from Imus’ station, MSNBC, and more may follow suit. That might actually discourage somebody from doing this in the future, but I’m skeptical that it’s just a big show and in the end, nothing will change.
Another thing that bothers me are the people, including Imus, who are trying to make this about whether or not he’s a racist. That doesn’t matter. If a drunk driver smashes into you, do you care whether or not they’re an alcoholic? The damage is done.