Ok, Imus was a dumb-ass. No doubt about it. I thought that this column by Terry Moran was kind of interesting. It's pretty hard to justify smacking Imus when hip-hop/rap/whatever is the way it is. Isn't Russell Simmons a hoot, so eloquent about language in rap, yet slamming Imus?
It's all useless. I asked my daughter years ago not to buy a rapper's music because of what he was saying. No moral judgement, just "please don't give that man your money." She thought, of course, that I was hopelessly old-fashioned.
She doesn't realize that my generation is at fault for this. We bought it from Funkadelic in the '70s, it was still funny when Andrew Dice Clay asked "What's in the bag, bitch?" in the late '80s. Any wonder that the birth of rap and slutty/smutty comedy collided to form hip-hop culture?
It ain't that funny anymore. Imus just happened to be the one who got smacked, "Ouch! no fair!"
It's our fault, because we let it go this far.