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Sugar Bits - CBS Radio Fires Don Imus

  • CBS fired Don Imus from his radio show yesterday for racist remarks said to the Rutger's women's basketball team. Advertisers were leaving by the droves and CBS wanted nothing more to do with the controversial host. - AP
  • Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora are officially divorced. Wonder if this means he'll be tying the knot with Denise Richards anytime soon. - AP
  • James Blunt will not be charged with a hit and run for allegedly running over a photographer's foot outside a pre-Oscar party last February. Way to keep the paps on their toes. - People
  • Howard K. Stern claims that two diaries of Anna Nicole's were stolen and he is now fighting to get them returned. Maybe he should drop it and get on with his life. - TMZ
  • Joe Francis was charged yesterday with having prescription sleeping pills in his cell and bribing a prison guard for a bottle of water. Guess he doesn't realize he is not getting any special treatment behind bars. - AP

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siouxsie siouxsie 10 years
what Imus said was dumb, but is it any worse than what Hannity, Limbaugh, and a million other radio hosts say on a daily basis? seriously...if you can him..you have to can all of them...and then which art forms become safe from this sort of thing? which ones can we say "ho" in? which ones can't we?
Ginger Ginger 10 years
Nobody has to "STFU". Imus is a racist. Long history of it, as CBS will show on 60 minutes this week. I'm only surprised he lasted this long. Now that Imus has lost his 10 million dollar a year contract, maybe he'll figure it out. Sorry that his fans are still willing to excuse and condone this behavior.
krisua krisua 10 years
And he's ugly, too.
lorenashley lorenashley 10 years
The word JIGABOO is VERY racist for those that don't think what he said was racist. LOOK IT UP.
skinny-fat skinny-fat 10 years
The Rutgers Women's Basketball Team has accepted Mr. Imus' apology. Everyone else needs to STFU because he didn't hurt or insult them personally. ****************************************************** Toto, I have a feeling we're not in America anymore :(
Ginger Ginger 10 years
Sounds like we might not see Joe Francis for awhile: Francis, 34, was charged with bribing a public servant, three counts of possessing a controlled substance and five counts of introducing contraband cash and drugs into a detention facility. The charges are third-degree felonies punishable by up to five years in prison. Plus his federal charges in Reno. Lots of lawyers in his future.
Ginger Ginger 10 years
Most racists don't think they are racist. That's the problem. The fact that these words rolled so easily out of his mouth, with no remorse until others spoke up about it, is the issue. What songs, books, movies and other rappers do is not relevant. You can buy Mein Kampf at Amazon, but that doesn't make Nazism okay. I applaud CBS for taking the stand. Maybe ABC will learn from example and not condone hateful speech in search of the almighty dollars and ratings.
maeve maeve 10 years
Imus said a horrible thing. It was insensitive, it was cruel, it was thoughtless. Personally, I don't think it was a fire-able offense. He apologized and his apology was accepted. I am probably biased because I have listened to him on and off for years. He says some offensive things in the vein of Opie & Anthony and Howard Stern - that's his job, wrong or right. The difference, of course, is that he is simulcast on MSNBC in the morning and not E! at midnight (like Stern used to be). The difference between the media hullaballoo for this and say Michael Richards (which, I'm sorry, his rant came from a place of true hatred, which is completely f'd up), is that the media elite like Tom Brokaw, Tim Russert, Jonathan Alter, etc. have all been sucking up to Imus for years to sell their books and share their thoughts on things. So when this happened, they had to cannibalize one of their "own" to distance themselves. Meanwhile, they have been engaging in locker room behavior for years. I'm not saying it excuses the behavior, but I think a sincere apology and someone who was willing to actually learn and have a discourse about race is a far better reaction than running to Jesse Jackson's show and claiming the booze made you do it and hiding in rehab (Michael Richards). And don't even get me started on the "good" Reverands.... One final note: Whoopi Goldberg needs to shut her damn mouth. Her production company's name? "One Ho Productions". I kid you not.
skinny-fat skinny-fat 10 years
i think keith richards did so snort his dad. i could see pete dumpety doing that too :rotfl: ********************************************** Toto, I have a feeling we're not in America anymore :(
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
tee hee sorry guys!i should double space but it always good to make people laugh during a serious discussion why is it harder to believe keith richards didnt snort his father?
sashak sashak 10 years
:ROTFL: I did a double take at a few of Flutter's comments too!
jmast jmast 10 years
flutterpie, I was just hysterically laughing because I read your post and then thought "what the heck does Keith Richards have to do with this?" then my brain turned back on and I realized it was just part of your signature thingy. ha, just wanted to share my laugh. :D
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
ya, i think al sharpton is detrimental to the very people he claims to want to help,he makes money and gains notriety everytime a "racist" incident occurs.both him and jesse irk the crap outta me why is it harder to believe keith richards didnt snort his father?
lorenashley lorenashley 10 years
sashak..i totally agree. Those girls were eduated and poised and DID NOT bad talk him or call for him to be fired.
trudy003 trudy003 10 years
Amen.
sashak sashak 10 years
wow, good job keeping this thread nice & polite ladies!! ok, What the I-man said was pretty damn dumb. And the basketball team press conference made him look even more dumb, because those girls are amazingly well educated & posied. But I sure as hell don't think he should have been fired! Like many others have said, Rosie, Isiah Washington, Mel Gibson, and loads of others have said much worse & have not had any (major) punishments. Our society should be focusing on mysogny (sp?) & racism as it exists in our culture, not on what one man said on his radio show...
jmast jmast 10 years
I think everyone will just be better off when Reverend Al Sharpton butts out and stops chasing the spotlight to fuel racism. Everytime I see him I turn the channel, and that hurts the real issue. If he's a Reverend I think he needs to brush up on his Bible reading. I'll just never forget the whole Tawana Brawley incident years ago. He disgusts me.
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
trudy-thats a good point why is it harder to believe keith richards didnt snort his father?
skinny-fat skinny-fat 10 years
yes he will, adriana, yes he will. and the I-man will turn this into something meaningful, not just a bunch of talking heads screaming at each other on TV. On his last radio show, Imus told everyone to stop complaining about his situation and that it would be OK. and if i have to buy XM to hear, well then i'll buy XM but i'm NEVER watching MSNBC again. ****************************************** Toto, I have a feeling we're not in America anymore :(
jmast jmast 10 years
There was a good article on cnn.com, here is part of it, and I think this is very true when rap and hip-hop come into play: "America, we have a problem with sexism. Don't try to make this whole matter about the ridiculous rants made by rappers. I deplore what's in a lot of their music and videos, but hip-hop is only 30 years old. So you mean to tell me that sexism in America only started in 1977? Now is the time for this nation to undergo a direct examination of the depths of sexism. My media colleagues shouldn't go just for the easy target ­ rap lyrics. That is no doubt a logical next step, but sexism is so much deeper. It is embedded in our churches, synagogues, mosques, schools, Fortune 500 companies and in the political arena. We should target our resources to this issue and raise the consciousness of people, and expose the reality."
trudy003 trudy003 10 years
That's a little harsh, I dont think it's just the "black community" it's every community. We ALL need to start practicing what we preach.
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
diva-im quite aware that alot of rappers came from middle class backgrounds,of the studio gangsta act and of black leaders denouncing some rap music. but the fact is that those same leaders hold whites to a different degree to blacks. they stand up on every tv station talking about racism and demanding action but they are not doing the same for popular rappers who glorify violence and objectify women. why hasnt al sharpton stood up and said "black women should be respected" when he sees a music video where a woman is bumping and grinding? racism is going to continue to exist until the black community practices what they preach why is it harder to believe keith richards didnt snort his father?
ilove2ski ilove2ski 10 years
Oh Joe Francis... ..If you see us in the club we'll be acting real nice if you see us on the floor you'll be watchin all night..
lorenashley lorenashley 10 years
How is use of the word JIGABOO NOT RACIST?? Being a black person I think that that word hit me a little more than it did others. Look it up.
Adriana42 Adriana42 10 years
they need to go after all the other people who ever used the word "hoe" if they want to prove to be "the good people"...they need to leave this man alone because the man is not a racist and he means no ill by what he said..but it doesn't matter he's getting exposure now more than ever and will get even more desirable and famous after this..
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