A Lady Laments About... Imus In The Morning
by Jennifer Philo

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The following opinion article respresents those solely of one
Lady (1), in light of recent events fueled by one, Don Imus (2), a.k.a "the I-Man", formerly of the "Imus in the Morning" radio show. Choosing to accept these terms of agreement and commence further indulgence of said article may result in free-thinking and possibly accountability in one's own reasoning. Readers discretion is advised.

1. Lady, Jennifer Philo, accreditted columist for "Faster Than the World" daily internet magazine

2. Don Imus, arguably original "shock jock" of radio broadcasting

Veteran radio personality Don Imus and his early morning team of highly opinionated coworkers wreaked havoc on the airwaves for the past forty years with his highly syndicated morning radio show "Imus in the Morning".don_imus.jpg Millions upon millions of listeners religiously turned on their radios and turned up the volume to witness the daily tirades of the aging DJ whose sarcastic wit and quick temper launched his show into radio infamy. The four hour long broadcast seemingly ridiculed everyone from public figures to celebrities alike. Mock interviews and random tangents highlighted issues of both political and popular nature, contributing to his expansive listening audience. In addition to the sardonic undertone of his broadcast, Imus played host to musical talents and journalists, senators and political hopefuls, reknowned celebrities and literary giants; bringing faces and names from the spotlight to mainstream America at 6:00am, Monday through Friday.

Though hailed in recent years for his savvy regarding current issues, his focus on charitable contributions saw as much airtime as his incessant ramblings. With his much coveted time slot for sponsors and insurmountable ratings, major corporations and wealthy tycoons found themselves repeatedly Dons' source for endless and sizeable donations. Organizations like the Imus Ranch for kids with cancer and autism awareness received impressive financial gain through his shaming tactics and on air humiliations typically directed at his major contributors. Though for Imus, this humbling status can only account for the later half of his career. The controversial DJ began his decade spanning career in the late seventies in a self described haze, largely due in part to his admitted cocaine, alcohol and prescription drug abuse. The over-medicated I-Man chose to clean up his act, thus ending his drug-induced days for a healthier approach to aging in style; insulting an unwilling list of elite while completely sober.

Once named as one of Time Magazines' twenty five most influential people, the foul-mouthed, moody host has apparently been stripped of his crown. In what I can only describe as the ultimate act of irony, Imus found himself at the receiving end of someone else's tirade. In what was less than a week, the nation watched as this once acclaimed DJ turned on his microphone for the last time. For some of us, this is a fitting conclusion for Imus. The insulted and disrespected list of people left in his wake applauded his exile, basking in the glory of justice being served. For others, his unforseen demise has constituted a laundry list of questions and demands that spans the free world as we know it. Pandoras' Box is missing its lid, but who took it off? As a die hard fan of yet another CBS program, CSI: Las Vegas, I've learned that to solve the crime, we first have to find evidence to support our accusations.

Clearly, no one is arguing that his remarks about the Rutgers' Womens' Basketball team were insensitive and ignorant. In fact, as a once avid listener, I can assure those of you who have never heard his broadcast, this is the epitome of what it is. Insult without reason, or better yet, insults with hues of immaturity and shades of bigotry. donimus2.gif As one contributor to the millions who listened to his show, I loved it. In the land of Imus, political correctness took a backseat to humor. Funny was found in subjects that plagued the nation, inadvertently bringing awareness to issues we chose to look away from and not read about. One of my favorites was a mock interview with Mayor Ray Negan, infamous himself after a public demand for accountablility in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. While engulfed in water and tragedy, New Orleans was submerged in controversy, Mayor Negan at the helm. In the land of Imus, Mayor Negan continously spoke of the levies and his assurance that they would be fixed. This three years and one election after the 2004 catastrophe.

Another popular parody portrayed the Reverend Jerry Falwell, televangelist to the Christian Right and spiritualist extraordinaire. Aside from exploiting the "channel between him and God", the pseudo-Falwell exposed his own ignorance by insulting the gay community, women and those of Jewish heritage. Cardinal Egan, another frequent target, gave new life to bad humor with a thick Irish accent and a sharp tongue. Both spiritual interpreters typically ended each interview asking for the untimely death of Don Imus while his morning team, Charles, Bernie and Chris bowed their heads in prayer.

Yes friends, Imus had no discretion when it came to insults. From the spiritual to the political, God and President Bill Clinton could both appear on the Imus show and suffer the same fate. Equally berated for our listening pleasure. But, it's always been our choice. Just as we chose to listen to songs paying homage to the bitches and hos of the world. Just as we choose to laugh at comics, their material laced with racy content and explicit language.

In conclusion, we the people find Imus guilty as charged. Further litigation is being considered for the following people/ groups: Archie Bunker, Benny Hill, George Jefferson, Steve Harvey, 2 Live Crew, Eminem, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Dennis Miller, Strom Thurmond, Wanda Sykes, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, the cast and crew of South Park, Hugh Hefner, Outkast, Chris Rock, The Simpsons, Johnny Damen, Gwen Stephani and many others. For a full list, please open your eyes.

Jenn loved Don Imus long time, but she doesn't anymore.

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I've never been a big fan of Imus, but I used to listen to him in the morning because thats what was on my radio when I woke up. I respect what he did. He was a man who used his Freedom of Speech to the enth degree and revelled in it. I respect that he spoke his mind, treated everyone equally, and underneath it all he was a softy. How many times did he have his own son or one of the kids from the ranch on the air to talk about the wonderful ranch and the work they do there? I mean, DUDE?! So he pissed off a few people, who cares? The best advice I ever gave someone was "You can't please everyone all the time." and its true. He's a shock jock, its his job to SHOCK his audience. Is he any worse than Howard Stern, who still has a job? Personally, I think they should have kept him on the air. Without his voice, lots of people will suffer. Not only will they be without his personal view of our world and people in it, but the kids will suffer too. No voice, no money. Its sad.


Never listened to him before. We got a short 2 hour feed of Howard Stern's show a few years back, and he always seemed to be bitching about Imus because of something. But damn, it was blown WAAAAAY out of proportion. Even my token black friend (one of 3 in Colorado) was irritated by the whole debacle. But I guess that crap won't return to the news for another few weeks, if at all.


I love what you wrote jo. Well said.
One other point that I keep thinking is the difference in our generations...I'm in my late 20's, so I obviously don't know what it was like before everyone was "equal". It's just frustrating to me that we can't all just make fun of each other. GRANTED what Imus said was stupid, but it was not meant in a hateful way. Not like Kramer standing on stage furiously screaming at someone. And the intent does matter.


Personally, I never cared for Imus - he gave me a headache, so I didn't listen to him. Yes, his un-PC comment about the team was dumb... but I ask this: why is it okay for black males to record rap and hiphop numbers that seriously bash black females, but it's a career-killer for an over-the-hill WHITE shock-jock to make one dumb comment? I would even bet that some of those offended women on the team own some of the music that is so much worse than anything Imus said... but it's okay, because the people saying it are also black? That's reverse bigotry, and it's just plain wrong.


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