Thursday, April 12, 2007
"We cannot afford a precedent established that the airwaves can be used to commercialize and mainstream sexism and racism." - Rev. Al Sharpton
Don Imus got what he deserved. More importantly, I think his story is a great example of the power of the people.
Had community leaders and activists not demanded a strong stance against his racist comments, CBS would have probably stuck with the 2 weeks suspension and NBC would probably still be airing his show.
A few days ago I heard a media analyst predict that Imus would not be fired simply because his show brings in big bucks for the stations. Controversy is usually a good thing in show business.
The stations had to think twice when advertisers started pulling out from the show and the protests against Imus did not cool down.
What did bother me though was that the protests against Imus's remarks came mainly from the African-American community. Where was everybody else?
Let's hope this serves as a lesson for other media hosts: blatant racism will not be tolerated.