Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Rutgers Woman "Scarred for Life"

Not to beat a dead horse, but I was watching the 11:00 p.m. news where they had one of the Rutgers Basketball Players commenting on the Imus debacle, she said she was "scarred for life". It might help to remember the bad old days, like what a great man like Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. was made to endure at West Point.

During the entire four years of his Academy term Davis was shunned by his classmates, few of whom spoke to him outside the line of duty. He never had a roommate. He ate by himself. His classmates hoped that this would drive him out of the academy. The "silent treatment" had the opposite effect. It made Davis more determined to graduate.

To be scarred for life by a stupid comment by some buffoon who doesn't even know you, is absurd. I think these ladies will find it's better to wear slippers than to carpet the world.
UPDATE: Stan Simpson of The Hartford Courant has a good take on this sad affair.
SeƱora Duderino thinks that these women have every reason to feel upset over Imus' stupid remarks considering how prominent he is. I still think a better attitude would be "screw him, who the hell is he to me".


dolittle said...

I thought it was absurd when the coach of Rutgers commented that Imus had "shattered their dreams" - I mean I agree that his comment was offensive but "shattered their dreams?!" - Maybe if he had shot them all in the kneecaps!


ScottJ said...

Tattoos... now THEY will leave a scar from what I hear.

Dexter said...

I would hope they were more scarred by their performance against Tennessee in the finals. Which was what precipated these unkind remarks.

zaphod said...

Now that Imus has been bounced from both MSNBC and CBS, this story will mercifully die.

For my part I didn't care all that much whether Imus weathered this storm or not...

That's not quite right. I've been conflicted. The remarks he made against the Rutgers women's basketball team were incredibly ignorant. He has said worse but so what? If he's going to crash and burn over something, it might as well be this.

Even so, Imus' purge leaves me feeling uneasy. I tend to instinctively recoil from any any outcome that leaves Sharpton and Jackson on the winning side... I think I need to just set that aside for now.

About ten years ago I had a black roommmate. One day he was talking on the phone to a girl he knew and he called her a 'ho. He didn't say it in a malicious way. Like I said, he was black and he grew up in the city and well, his life experience and mine were pretty much worlds apart. Never-the-less in an act of cultural imperialism I lit into him. My point is, I know exactly how wrong this kind of speech is. And Imus was affecting the speech of others. I think I would have been okay with that if he had some kind of Swiftean intention but, of course, he didn't. He was just being a pathetic, 66 year-old adolescent...

Wow! Is that lame. or what?