Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer who is recognized for his contributions in journalism. Clay is a regular contributor for various print and online publications such as The Advocate and BET.com. He is the author of the highly anticipated novel Ball-Shaped World, which is a fictionalized account of the black and Latino ballroom scene. Also, he is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com and a member of New York Film Critics Online. He can be reached at claycane@gmail.com.


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    Friday, April 13, 2007



    I’m getting a little scared. Ever since Janet's titty in 2004 it seems freedom of speech, expression and just being a dumb ass is going out Massa's window.

    Don Imus' comments were horrendous and offensive, however, this is turning into much more of a spectacle then it needs to be. There is this endless discussion about the effect Imus is having on these young black girls, blah, blah, blah...does that SURGED out white man take that much energy from the Rutgers Women's basketball team? I heard one of the girls crying, "That was the worst thing I've ever been called in my life!" Now, girl—are you really telling me as a black woman in America living on a college campus in New Jersey the worst thing you've ever been called is a nappy-headed ho? You are carrying…

    Last night the Rutgers basketball team met with Imus for three hours in the governor's office. You mean to tell me while children, who haven’t even made it to college, are being blown to bits in Newark the governor felt it was necessary to have this meeting in his mansion? While children in Camden are falling through the public school system like rodents out of the cracks of a KFC in New York City the governor said, “Oh, let’s meet with Don Imus and the wounded Rutgers basketball team? What a fabulous smokescreen for the several Rutgers students who got shipped to Iraq in the middle of their college years because they were on the ROTC scholarship!

    In the meeting the girls were supposedly sobbing, "Why did you do this to us! We want you to feel the way we feel" Oh, girl—get it together! I am sorry if I sound callous, but it seems a bit melodramatic. As I heard columnist Jason Whitlock say, “Don Imus, nor is any white man so powerful -- the white man is not God…it's a terrible message we're sending, these kids all over the country: Play the victim. We will put you on ‘Oprah’. We will celebrate you. Give you all this media attention. And we will make people come to the governor's office to apologize to you. It's repulsive to me. I'm nearly physically ill listening to this.” I can’t help but agree.

    Why isn't anyone mentioning that Imus’ co-host called them jiggaboos and Imus agreed? Ohhh...maybe because it is easier to pass the buck to hip-hop with a comment like "nappy-headed hos" versus jiggaboo. I've never heard hip-hop artists use jiggaboo as a slang...outside of School Daze I haven't heard that word used on a mainstream TV in my generation.

    Great transition…through all of the Imus babbles now everyone is criticizing hip-hop. I knew that card was going to be pulled the millisecond I head about Imus’ comments. Yes, I despise 90% of all mainstream hip-hop, yes, it is sexist, homophobic and violent, however, people are now justifying Imus' comments because 50 Cent says the same things.

    For me, the hip-hop analogy is completely off base, which Imus was the first one to bring up on the Today Show with Matt Lauer and Al Sharpton. 50 Cent and Akon cooning on their CDs with a parental advisory sticker on the cover is much different than a nationally syndicated radio talk show host who is on air for several hours a day, many days a week, for over twenty years and makes more money than any of those hip-hop artists. Conservative Amy Holmes is elated that Imus is fired and is also anti-hip-hop. She wants it stopped and calls it, "cheap cynical pornography". Now, people, mark my words—when conservatives start agreeing with a disadvantaged group there is something to be fear. When I hear Elizabeth Hassleback agreeing with Miss Al Sharpton I know something is a' brewin' because there is always an agenda.

    This is my fear...they are attacking Imus now but what about when the tables are turn and a black person is criticized for making a "prejudice" remark...if you think you've seen a hot lash on Imus they will foggle a person of color. While I think Janet's career is a wrap and probably would have phased out regardless of the Superbowl incident she was completely foggled because of her floppy titty. That is when the FCC turned into hypersensitive psychos and chose to monitor every idiot move on the planet. What if Barack Obama happens to make a "problematic" comment, they will attack him just as viciously and say, "Well, we did it to Imus—we have to do it Obama too!”

    All of this hypersensitivity about what people can and cannot say is truly scaring me. Now with hip-hop under fire (such an early '90's argument from the days of "gangsta' rap") I am becoming increasingly concerned. I remember when people hated N.W.A. and now it has been deamed groundbreaking! Yes, hip-hop is not intellectual stimulating, but as a former musician, I don't agree with anyone being censored. I don’t need to see intellectual critiques of 50 Cent on CNN. 50 Cent can barely hold a conversation—believe me, I interviewed him! Breaking down the negroidian foolishness of Akon? Yes, it is bad and it does have an effect on the black community…but I remember being in my late teens and rocking Lil’ Kim’s Hardcore CD, “I used be afraid of the dick, now I throw my lips to the shit, handle it like a real bitch…” Yes, it was vulgar and many people were in an uproar, however, it was an experience that I enjoyed listening to. Lil’ Kim says now she hates to perform that song and I can barely even listen to it anymore, but those were the times.

    You simply cannot blame hip-hop or criticize hip-hop because of Don Imus. Regardless of hip-hop those comments still would’ve been made—especially the word jiggaboo. Sorry people, vulgar music will not vanish. The blues was called the “devil’s music” because it talked about sex, spells, bisexuality, murder—this mortified many people. Yes, the blues is more relevant than mainstream hip-hop, but this is where uninteresting music is right now. Yes, we can critique it, but calling a ban on it, or Imus’ using hip-hop as a scapegoat to why he made those comments is foolish. Once again, why don’t we focus on jiggaboo, which is a horrible, offensive Klan term that is much worse than nappy-headed hos. However, like I said, you can’t pass the buck with jiggaboo, so we all conveniently ignore it.

    I really don’t care either way what happens to Imus but now he is fired…

    Why not fire George Bush?

    Why not fire Condoleezza Rice?

    Why not fire this corruption administration that has lied, wounded and killed more young people than Don Imus ever would?

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