More Foot-Eating

4 comments April 10th, 2007at 11:23am Posted by Eli

Imus just seems determined to make it worse, doesn’t he? I’ll give him props for appearing on Al Sharpton’s show when he knew he was going to take a beating, but he sure didn’t acquit himself well.

From Crooks and Liars:

Don’t talk about me doing used car commercials. I’ll bet you I’ve slept in a house with more black children who were not related to me than you have. Do not get into my face about this – why don’t you show up here in person.

Um. That’s a pretty contorted and arbitrary metric there, with not a little overtone of Michael Jackson creepiness.

From NY Daily News:

Visibly frustrated that Sharpton would not back off his demand that he resign for his racist remarks, Imus put his foot in his mouth several times in his futile fight for forgiveness.

“I can’t get anyplace with you people,” he said at one point.

“What do you mean by you people,” Sharpton barked back.

“You people”? Jebus.

Imus also touted his involvement with the Imus Ranch in New Mexico, where at least a tenth of the kids with cancer and blood disorders are black. “I’m not a white man who doesn’t know any African-Americans,” he said.

But when Imus tried to make that same point with Sharpton, he was immediately shot down.

“This is not about whether you’re a good man,” he said. “What you said was racist.”

Then Sharpton asked his daughter Dominique to come over and – while she glared at Imus – he said, “She’s not a nappy-headed ho. She’s my daughter.”

Damn, I wish there was video…

“At the time I said it, I didn’t think it was racial,” Imus said. “I wasn’t even thinking racial. I was thinking ‘West Side Story.’ … One team is tough. One team is not so tough.”

WHAT??? I should say something insightful or snarky about this, but I am dumbstruck.

Sharpton told Imus that not firing him would send a bad precedent and that he should not be allowed to “walk away from this unscathed.”

“Unscathed?” Imus said. “Are you crazy? How am I unscathed by this? Don’t you think I’m humiliated?”

The longer the interview lasted, the testier it became, prompting Imus at one point to object, “I didn’t come here to get slapped around.”

There was no small talk between the two men during the commercial breaks. While Sharpton walked away to get some air, Imus sat and could be heard muttering “b——t” under his breath.

I can see that went well. What exactly was Imus expecting? Did he really think Al Sharpton was going to say, ” I see how sincere your apology is and I realize that you’re a good man who made a terrible mistake,” and give him a great big hug? ‘Cuz it kinda sounds that way.

If, God forbid, I said something horrible that offended the entire black community, and then went on the air to apologize to one of the leaders of that community, I might hope for forgiveness and absolution, but I sure as hell wouldn’t expect it, much less feel entitled to it. Perhaps Imus is completely unused to dealing with people who aren’t suckups?

Entry Filed under: Media,Racism,Wankers


  • 1. Glenn  |  April 10th, 2007 at 11:54 am

    “Damn, I wish there was video…” Actually, there is a video. I saw on the CBS Evening News yesterday afternoon.

  • 2. Eli  |  April 10th, 2007 at 11:56 am

    Ooo, excellent. I’ll have to go looking for that – all I saw was MP3 at C&L.

  • 3. Interrobang  |  April 10th, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    Dear Mr. Imus:

    Try not to choke on your white privilege while you’re waiting for all “those people” to accept your assertion (in lieu of an actual apology) that you’re actually a good person…

    …you vile racist…

  • 4. oldwhitelady  |  April 11th, 2007 at 12:41 am

    You’d think that if he went on the show to apologize, he’d apologize and then take the licks that were coming to him. He deserved to be lambasted for his arrogant ignorance. But… obviously, as you mentioned, he’s so used to his suckups, he thought he was being the great apologizer and then couldn’t appreciate their consternation at his dimness in understanding exactly what he said. He might not have meant it, but he said it… and it was stupid, racist, and mean.

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