I think it's sad that he was fired.
Don't get me wrong; I'm not a fan. I'm not an apologist or defending Imus. He's a stupid, un-funny, ugly old shock-jock and the last person who should be making hair comments but... he became the cause-du jour of two righteous men who have tons of better things to focus their voice and energy on that would help the black community than the moronic rambling of a TV/radio personality and IMHO it reeks of hypocrisy, unfairness, ugliness, and greed. And I'm not even talking about the whole, "well the rap artists say it all the time" thing. What about Rush? What about Ann Coulter? Where is the uproar when they say something stupid and offensive? I guess Rosie wasn't fired from The View because the Chinese community doesn't have a Rev. Al Sharpton equivalent ringing the call to arms for her head on a platter. They accepted her apology. Imus pretty much put his junk on the block for Sharpton and Jackson to cut off with a meat cleaver but that didn't satisfy them.
But all of that isn't even what gets my dander up about this whole sad affair. I feel sad for the young women of the Rutgers basketball team. I feel sad that their self esteem is so little that the words of a man they've never even met, (words that they probably never would have heard until Al Sharpton was so kind to point them out for everyone) can "scar them for life" and take away all their accomplishments, ruin the whole season for them.
I mean that is just bullshit.
If there's anything therapy taught me it's that no one makes you feel anything; you are responsible for your own stuff. If Imus's words really negated all you did then that is your problem honey. I really find it hard to believe these women have had their accomplishments negated by this incident given what I've read and heard. I'd be all like, "Imus who? What-evah! d*ckhead." And if that's the case and they just let themselves be manipulated by their coach and Jesse Jackson then we'll never break this cycle of victim-hood.
Imus is nothing but a playground bully looking for attention. And bully for him, he got it once more.