I’ll be damned!! I read this item at a message board about Don Imus’s comment on MSNBC’s Imus in the Morning show relating to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.
On the April 4 edition of MSNBC’s Imus in the Morning, host Don Imus referred to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team, which is comprised of eight African-American and two white players, as “nappy-headed hos” immediately after the show’s executive producer, Bernard McGuirk, called the team “hard-core hos.” Later, former Imus sports announcer Sid Rosenberg, who was filling in for sportscaster Chris Carlin, said: “The more I look at Rutgers, they look exactly like the [National Basketball Association’s] Toronto Raptors.”
McGuirk referred to the NCAA women’s basketball championship game between Rutgers and Tennessee as a “Spike Lee thing,” adding, “The Jigaboos vs. The Wannabees — that movie that he had.”
This foot in the mouth incident happened on MSNBC yesterday (April 4).
Apparently the show’s former sports announcer Sid Rosenberg has made disparaging comments about the Williams sisters.
Rosenberg’s comparison of the Rutgers women’s basketball team to the Raptors recalled comments he made in June 2001 about Venus and Serena Williams, two African-American female professional tennis players. According to a November 20, 2001, Newsday article, Rosenberg said on the air: “One time, a friend, he says to me, ‘Listen, one of these days you’re gonna see Venus and Serena Williams in Playboy.’ I said, ‘You’ve got a better shot at National Geographic.’ ” Rosenberg also referred to Venus Williams as an “animal.” Media Matters for America noted those comments when Rosenberg alluded to them on the March 28 edition of Imus.
Ah yes, we definitely live in a colorblind society.
I just want to give a shout out to all those wonderful rappers who’ve pretty much given our society carte blanche to show such disdain and disrespect towards black women. I mean we’re talking about young black women who are going to college to get an education and who are basketball players. We’re not talking about video vixens, strippers or prostitutes here folks. We’re talking about black female college students. It amazes me when rappers talk about bitches and hos, some black women will defend these rappers and swear they’re not talking about them. But you know what? Someone out there considers all black women hos.