Monday, April 16, 2007

Whoa Imus-

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.

3 comments:

CatBookMom said...

True. I wish we had reared up and stopped it quite a long while ago. I vote by turning off the switch, or, as you've discussed, not buying.

I remember being shocked by the language Bill Cosby used once in a little club in Denver, some 20 years ago. And the comics on HBO were pretty rank that far back, too; turned off Robin Williams in mid-show more than once, and usually had trouble watching George Carlin.

I still cuss sometimes, but not as much as I used to; maybe my non-cussword vocabulary is better and does the job now???

Grace Yaskovic said...

Imus did no wrong when he was bringing the huge bucks but then you get a slump in your career, a new look to presidential wannabees and you become the scapegoat and like you said, we are all to blame. I just hope he invested wisely and thumb his nose at all the bureaucrats while he enjoys his eforced retirement!!!

junior_goddess said...

Oh, I forgot about the seven deadly words!!!!!!! And that's digging pretty far back!