More Fallout

2 comments April 11th, 2007at 07:43am Posted by Eli

The “hos” strike back:

“It’s more than about the Rutgers women’s basketball team,” the team’s captain, Essence Carson, said during a news conference in Piscataway, N.J., adding, “As a society, we’re trying to grow and get to the point where we don’t classify women as hos and we don’t classify African-American women as nappy-headed hos.”


With everyone’s attention, would Rutgers scream for justice? Instead the players eloquently described their tales of personal pain and their disillusionment with the networks. As the sophomore forward Heather Zurich said, “Our moment was taken away, our moment to celebrate our success, our moment to realize how far we’d come on and off the court as young women; we were stripped of this moment by a degrading comment made by Mr. Imus.” [Note: This is Heather Zurich.]

With the stage, would they demand Imus be fired? They would not play shock jock, but calmly asked for time to meet with him, time to reflect.


Ajavon and her teammates could have cracked Imus over his cowboy hat with the microphone in their hands. They had the outlet to mock him if they had chosen to attack him just as personally as he had them.

Rutgers wasn’t out for revenge, though. Carson said the team did not want to be looked at “as if we’re attacking a major broadcasting figure.

“We’re attacking an issue we know isn’t right,” she said.

Somewhere, Imus was listening. He, like everyone, had to hear the women out. This wasn’t his studio or his sidekicks. The Rutgers women ran the show without abusing the privilege. Very ladylike of them.

And more (great photos in this one):

They were hurt. They were angry. But they were dignified.

The Rutgers women Don Imus disparaged as “nappy-headed ho’s” held their heads high yesterday and slam-dunked their detractor with an inspiring display of class.

Carefully coiffed and looking sharp in Rutgers red, the female basketball players whose moment in the national spotlight was ruined by Imus’ vicious words said they were ready to meet with him – and expected more than apology.

“I want to ask him, ‘Now that you’ve met me, am I ho?'” said Rutgers center Kia Vaughn of the Bronx. “Unless they’ve given ‘ho’ a whole new definition, that’s not what I am.”

Declaring that Imus has “stolen a moment of pure grace for us,” the wounded women spoke out for the first time about Imus’ racist radio remarks.

“This has scarred me for life,” said guard Matee Ajavon of Newark. “I’ve dealt with racism before. For it to be in the public eye like this, it will be something I will tell my granddaughter.”

The 10 players thanked the Rev. Al Sharpton and other black leaders for defending their honor – but did not echo their calls for Imus to be fired.

“We hope to come to some kind of understanding,” said team leader Essence Carson. “We would just like to express our great hurt.”

The time, date and place of their faceoff with Imus have not been set, but it will be moderated by the Rev. DeForest Soaries. Ajavon said it will be private. “Right now I can’t really say if we have come to a conclusion about whether we will accept the apology,” she said.


Towering over her teammates, Vaughn gave a cheery “Good morning, everyone.” But her broad smile faded as she opened up about the hurt she feels – as an African-American and a woman. “I’m not a ho, I’m a woman. I’m someone’s child,” she said.

Carson said most of the team didn’t even know who Imus was and their first impulse was to “let it slide.”

“But reading the transcript … it hit too close to home,” she said. “His message was conveyed to so many people. Can you imagine how many people think there is some truth behind the joke?”

Oh, and you will be happy to know that your beloved preznit has taken a stand:

Yesterday, President Bush weighed in on the controversy.

“The President believes that the apology was the right thing to do,” Bush spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

What a relief.

Entry Filed under: Media,Racism,Wankers


  • 1. PoliticalCritic  |  April 11th, 2007 at 8:19 am

    This story needs to go away. There are more important things to talk about than Don Imus.

  • 2. Eli  |  April 11th, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Well, I guess if you don’t care about racism, or about beginning to clean up the sewer of hate radio. Until we establish a precedent that media personalities do *not* have total impunity to say whatever they want without consequences, they will just keep getting worse.

    Getting rid of Imus wouldn’t make much of a dent in and of itself, but it would normalize the concept that certain things are intolerably vile, and that no-one is immune from repercussions for hate speech.

    This is *not* a blonde white girl story (obviously) about nothing – this is about our corrupt corporate media, and its ongoing tolerance for hate merchants far viler than Imus.

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