CBS Corp. said Thursday it has canceled Don Imus’s morning show, effective immediately, after a firestorm of controversy caused by his racially-charged remarks about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. Several key advertisers had pulled their ads from the show in recent days following calls for Imus’s firing. In a statement, CBS Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves said individuals throughout CBS “have been deeply upset and revulsed” by Imus’s statements. He added: “In our meetings with concerned groups, there has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society.” On his April 4 broadcast, Imus called the members of the predominantly African-American Rutgers team “nappy-headed ho’s.”
Sadly, this action won’t make a difference if language usage that gives rise to double standards around use of such offensive stuff doesn’t change. And what does it do to free speech?
If you care about this debate, you have got to listen to this.