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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

 

Imus and his racist rants

Yesterday, I linked a You Tube video showing Imus criticising CBS's "Jewish Management." About an hour after I posted that video with subsequent anti-semitic supportive comments (supportive of Imus' own anti-semitism), the video and comments were taken down.

Here is a link to Imusblog where some other commenters noted his racism. He is accusing "Jewish Management" of boycotting a The Blind Boys of Alabama on his show.

Does this make any sense? Accusing the Jewish people by virtue of stereotyping them and by accusing them of intolerance of disability? It doesn't make any sense to me. Firstly, two wrongs do not make a right. You can't stereotype a people and say you support tolerance of people with disabilities. Secondly, it doesn't make any sense that a people subjugated to hatred themselves would forbid another group of people who do not receive equal rights and tolerance in the world. Certainly, this is only one side of the whole story and Imus seems to have control of the mike.

4 Comments:

Anonymous sick of Imus said...

It was weird. Imus was accusing the "Jewish management," who someone on Imus blog indicated might have been only one particular man, of rejecting the Blind Boys of Alabama, basically for their singing gospel music, ("Because they love the baby Jesus").

Imus then continues stereotyping his former boss, immediately followed by the Imus gang members adding more steretypes some of them being more hate-speech than stereotype. The stereotype was mainly that the "Jewish management" didn't want gospel singers on the Imus show. Imus then stereotypes the listeners of his show as being very interested in Black singers, handicapped performers, and blind performers, therefore, it doesn't matter what they sing. Plus, he says they Blind Boys are "Great".

So, he's saying that his audience likes to see performing freaks, more so if they're black, and it's even better if the performing black freaks are talented.

Imus stands for anything but Christian values, so why the Blind Boys would want to be on his show is a big question in my mind, especially when Imus doesn't really seem to appreciate them as humans but as performing freaks with that cool edge of being black. It's all about using people.

We don't know anything about why Imus' boss didn't want the Blind Boys of Alabama on the show or really if he was that set against them being there. Even if he was against them being there we don't know why.

Imus wanted them there as performing freaks, apparently. Surely he didn't want them there beause he thinks there's any value in handicapped people, apart from being performers. He and his wife have both stated multiple times that they "Thank god" that their child is not autistic. Maybe he could be convinced to keep an autistic child if he could turn it into a performer that he could profit from.

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Tera said...

I'm disgusted, but not surprised.

It's ironic that Imus is blustering about people "hating the handicapped" when he's insulted people he doesn't like by saying they were in "special ed" (where "special ed" is a synonym for "stupid").

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel I've missed a chapter [or two] [translation = greater research required should anyone choose to sleep tonight]
Best wishes

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is 'special ed' synonymous for 'stupid'? I don't think I've ever used it in that manner myself?
Best wishes

9:34 PM  

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