Friday, April 13, 2007

Imus roundup (as if you weren't already saturated)

{A partial roundup -- maybe a few more bits later.}

Some (mostly) thoughtful gleanings from corners of the blogosphere – but not all corners.

Pre-firing, Peacebang wrote about Imus and the Culture of Incivility. His party is apparently over, and maybe now he can start to bridge the great divide between being the so-called "not a bad man" he claims to be and the harmful, hateful radio talk show host he's been behaving as. And the rest of us can continue the conversation about how it is that women in our culture are so regularly denigrated in just this way with no public outcry whatsoever.

Ken at the Daily Diary of the American Nightmare on Don Imus: Idiot and Victim. So a forty-year career comes to an ignominious end, on the gutlessness of the same advertisers who dictated the content of game shows back in the 1950s.

LutherPunk on Imus, Racism, and my Favorite Ice Cube Album. He wonders, does it really matter that he lost his job? Has racism or sexism actually been challenged? I don’t think so, but I could be wrong.

Elizabeth at Telling Secrets reproduces Harvey Fierstein’s NY Times op-ed, Our Prejudices, Ourselves. Says Fierstein, pondering the episode as a gay man: What surprises me, I guess, is how choosy the anti-P.C. crowd is about which hate speech it will not tolerate.
*************He also writes [I'm adding this for those of you who don't have time to do all the clicking to the links]: What I am really enjoying is watching the rest of you act as if you had no idea that prejudice was alive and well in your hearts and minds.

And Louie weighs in.

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton used to know Imus and phone in to his show. She also offers her definition of what satire is and isn’t.

And on Catherine’s Come to the Table (where I originally found the link to Barbara Crafton, whom I hadn’t read in a while), a commenter named Morgan asks, what happened to "Sticks and Stones"? What happened to the option of turning the channel or the dial? Or of teaching our children that their self-worth derives from being children of God and not from what someone might say about them?

Pam at Pam’s House Blend notes how fast lgbt groups spoke out about racist speech, and wonders whether there is a vice versa.

Says our local media-politics-et-al. blogger Ed Cone in his semi-random notes on Imus: Imus is no virgin, but he got thrown in the volcano for the sins of the whole village.

And for an antidote, this from Rob at Padre Rob, who didn’t intend it as an Imus-row antidote (Don’t you love the useful Brit word “row”? Today they used it twice about us.) but who timed it well. Thanks, bro.

(Yeah, I know, problematic: male God figure, female soul. But that's Meister Eckhart he's quoting.)

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