Sunday, April 15, 2007

Imus redux

Joe.My.God pointed me to a wonderful post about the Imus controversy. Harvey Firestein writes:

"America is watching Don Imus’s self-immolation in a state of shock and awe. And I’m watching America with wry amusement. Since I’m a second-class citizen — a gay man — my seats for the ballgame of American discourse are way back in the bleachers. I don’t have to wait long for a shock jock or stand-up comedian to slip up with hateful epithets aimed at me and mine. Hate speak against homosexuals is as commonplace as spam. It’s daily traffic for those who profess themselves to be regular Joes, men of God, public servants who live off my tax dollars, as well as any number of celebrities."

And that is so true.

Which is why I'm not so much worried about whether Imus loses his job or comes under fire for his comments as what our presidential candidates, such as Huckabee, say about the matter. Imus got checked for something he does regularly, but those who are not in his position should take a higher stance for not calling people names in any situation.

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