The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick on Imusgate, missing the point in his usual spectactular manner.
It’s hardly surprising the women of Rutgers would be deeply offended by Imus’ characterization of them as “nappy-headed ho’s.” Exactly who was supposed to be amused by such a comment, anyway? And it’s admirable that they’d be moved to speak their outrage during a university-facilitated news conference.
We can only presume, then, that none of them are in possession of music performed by, among many others, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent, artists who regularly refer to young women as “ho’s” and “bitches” while black men are as regularly called “niggas.”
As low as Imus has aimed, little can compare to much of the violent, bigoted stuff heard from so many popular rappers – and sold at a mall near you!
So it’s not possible, is it, that even one of these young women has any of that racist and misogynistic stuff downloaded onto her iPod, right? After all, the use of “ho’s” as a substitute for “women” can in large part be directly traced to black rap artists, not Don Imus.
Uh, yeah, Fiddy’s the first guy on earth to have used the word “whore”. If we’re to understand Phil’s twisted logic correctly (and I suffered through numerous callers on WEEI’s Planet Mikey last night trying to make the same argument), black women have no right to take offense at Imus’ comments unless and until they repudiate the lyrical content of rappers…who’ve yet to single them out for abuse?