Among the more ridiculous red herrings to emerge during the Imus debacle was the argument that if we punish Imus, we should also punish gangsta rappers.
Snoop Dogg attempted to explain the difference:
“It’s a completely different scenario,” said Snoop, barking over the phone from a hotel room in L.A. “[Rappers] are not talking about no collegiate basketball girls who have made it to the next level in education and sports. We’re talking about ho’s that’s in the ‘hood that ain’t doing sh–, that’s trying to get a n—a for his money. These are two separate things. First of all, we ain’t no old-ass white men that sit up on MSNBC [which announced Wednesday it would drop its simulcast of Imus' radio show] going hard on black girls. We are rappers that have these songs coming from our minds and our souls that are relevant to what we feel. I will not let them mutha—-as say we in the same league as him.”
While one could certainly debunk Snoop’s assertion regarding the different categorizations of hos, he does make a point about the muthafuckers who suggest a parallel between rappers and Imus.
The key, if not most entertaining, word in the above rant is MSNBC. Imus worked for two major and respected news organizations. That distinction from rappers is enough to make any comparison moot.
Don’t get me wrong. Snoop and his posse should have to answer for their pathetic ho-ification of young women in their communities. In the long run, it’s probably a more damaging crime than anything Imus could think up. But still, it’s totally unrelated to this situation.
Most of what you hear from the talking heads on this subject is a load of crap. Before the controversy, they went on Imus because Imus had ratings (especially among the media and political elite, don’t kid yourselves). Once the smoke had cleared and the momentum was squarely against Imus, the same talking heads came on the air to blast him.
The motivations in both cases was identical; self aggrandizement, self promotion and the development of a personal brand.
The performance by many of the media pundits who have really added almost nothing of value to public discourse was oftentimes a lot worse than anything Imus said. At least he is part comedian. These self-aggrandizing dicks are spewing their hogwash as if it were actually serious.