By Diane Silver
I have to admit it: I never expected a rich, straight, white guy like Don Imus who makes millions for his employers to even get a slap on the wrist for trash talking the Rutgers women's basketball team. Imagine my surprise when Imus got booted off both TV and radio.
Seldom do folks who trash women, blacks, gays, Jews, or a any other variety of the other not-in-power folk ever have suffer consequences for their nastiness. It's nice to see when it finally happens.
My award for the classiest performances in this whole mess (and do I really need to explain it?) go to Rutgers Coach Vivian Stringer and her amazing team of young women. They set the standard this week in their news conference.
I suspect that it was, in fact, that event that finally knocked Imus off his untouchable perch. It is hard to ignore a bunch of fresh-faced innocents standing up to a bully and telling the truth about how much being called a whore, and a nappy-headed one at that, hurt.
Of course, cartoons like this one from The Wichita Eagle's Richard Crowson probably didn't help, either.
Although I haven't commented before, I have been watching the debate over Imus with interest. Here is a collection of my favorite articles and commentary on the topic.
PBS' Gwen Ifill talks about being smeared by Imus' racism.
The LA Times reports on how Imus had plenty of support from the mainstream for his nastiness.
The NY Times editorializes on the classiness of the Rutgers women.
Lynne Duke writes about whether or not one really can be a good person, while being so mean in public.