Don Imus Should be a Gangsta Rapper

I’m a gangster, I’m a straight up G.
The gangster life is the life for me!
Shooting people by day, selling drugs by night.
Being a gangster is hella tight.

– “I’m a Gangster” by Rappy McRapperson

Nerdcore rap cracks me up in general, but the above parody of gangster rap is one of my favorites. It’s also a nice companion piece to this Michelle Malkin op-ed. It’s too bad I don’t have a fresh quote from Bill Cosby to complete the hat trick. 😉

The Culture of ‘Bitches, Hos, and Niggas’

Let’s stipulate: I have no love for Don Imus, Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. A pox on all their race-baiting houses.

Let’s also stipulate: The Rutgers women’s basketball team didn’t deserve to be disrespected as “nappy-headed hos.” No woman deserves that.

I agree with the athletes that Imus’s misogynist mockery was “deplorable, despicable and unconscionable.” And as I noted on Fox News’s “O’Reilly Factor” this week, I believe top public officials and journalists who have appeared on Imus’s show should take responsibility for enabling Imus — and should disavow his longstanding invective.

But let’s take a breath now and look around. Is the Sharpton & Jackson Circus truly committed to cleaning up cultural pollution that demeans women and perpetuates racial epithets? Have you seen the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart this week?

Comments 5

  1. Rob wrote:

    This isn’t the only time Imus has screwed up. He’s made vile statements about women, Jews, etc.
    Sharpton and Jackson should be fired, too.
    ibid. Gangsta rappers
    There are some things that people not a member of the set under consideration cannot say that people in the set under consideration can get away with saying.
    That doesn’t make it right.
    Even some members of the “set under consideration” cannot get away with saying them — for example, me.
    Use of the word “nappy” as a derogatory term by some black against other blacks is disturbing in its own right, indicating a tendency toward loathing of typically “African” characteristics.
    “Nappy” would be an improvement in my hair.
    “Hair” would be an improvement in my hair.

    Posted 11 Apr 2007 at 5:19 pm
  2. John wrote:

    I don’t know about Jesse Jackson, but in what I’ve seen of him, Al Sharpton has always condemned racist lyrics in rap music, be it by black or white artists.

    On the whole, Imus is certainly not alone is being disrespectful towards female athletes. It’s just that he didn’t disguise it well enough. My hope would certainly be that this will lead to other people being more mindful of their views towards female athletes.

    Posted 11 Apr 2007 at 7:11 pm
  3. Damozel wrote:

    It’s an interesting tactic and a favorite with Fox: “Yes, yes, this deplorable conduct certainly IS deplorable, but why haven’t its critics also criticized this other deplorable conduct over here?” Inference: the critics are hypocrites. Which may or may not be true, and has absolutely no bearing on whether they are (in the particular case) correct. As they were. As noted above, Imus has offended before (and offended much more offensively, in my opinion).

    Posted 13 Apr 2007 at 4:25 am
  4. Funky Dung wrote:

    I don’t think this is the same kind of situation. If I did, I likely wouldn’t have blogged it. What you refer to is a damage control tactic – redirection. A recent example would be the soap opera that is the US Congress where everyone is pointing fingers across the isle and accusing the opposition of unethical behavior.

    I believe what Malkin points out is somewhat different. She’s asking, and I’m asking with her, “If what Imus said about these black women is really so bad (and it is), why do we hear similar sentiments – and worse – coming from the mouths of black recording artists? Why does racism and misogyny get a white radio host fired and get a black rapper a lucrative contract?”

    In other words, this article isn’t about redirecting attention to take the heat off Imus. Frankly, I don’t give a rat’s tail about Imus. What I want to highlight is a cancer within the black community, the primary symptom of which is a variety of rap that glorifies stupid, violent, licentious, and misogynistic behaviors. Imus’ gaffe merely provided the convenient pique of public curiosity to bring this issue up for public discussion and debate.

    Posted 13 Apr 2007 at 7:30 am
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    I agree with Damozel, but I agree with Fundy more. The difference I see between Imus and Snoop Dogg is that Imus made a thoughtless joke, while Snoop Dogg seems to really believe what he says. Seems to me that if you really believe that “hos ain’t nothing but b!&(%$ and t&!(%$ ” its a lot more serious of a problem than someone taking a thoughtless cheap shot.

    As a disclaimer I have to admit I just watched Hustle and Flow about 3 weeks ago. It was a real good movie about pimps and hos. Really good, I liked it on a lot of levels and I still think about it from time to time, so I’m not sure how to reconcil that in light of the whole Imus scandle.

    I guess there is a fine line between legitimate artistic expression and cheap explotation or maybe not, I need some help thinking this through.

    Posted 14 Apr 2007 at 5:33 pm

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