Recently, a radio personality, Don Imus, made some disparaging comments about the Womens basketball team at Rutger's university. Those that didn't watch should know that this women's team made it to the NCAA finals for the first time ever. Don Imus had this to say about them on his show :
That's some nappy-headed hos there, I'm going to tell you that now (laughing). Man, that's some ... whoo ..
What was he thinking? Who knows. The dude was suspended from his show and has been profusely apologizing to anyone that will listen, probably being pushed by his higher ups to rectify this situation, lest he lose his job. What I would like to talk about here is how the Rutger's team responded to the man's statements.
Now, every single day, the coaches, ESPN, the players, hell, Charles Barkley are all weighing in on this issue. They have held several press conferences, a face meeting with the radio personality, supports groups. Quotes like these have been floating around the internet :
We were stripped of this moment by the degrading comments made by Mr. Imus last Wednesday. We were insulted and, yes, we were angry.
"We have all been physically, mentally and emotionally spent. But we also understood a long time ago that no one can make you feel inferior unless you allow them â€¦ that we can't let other people steal our joy."
Dan Imus had two of his advertisers pull out
All I have to say about this is, why? While I find Mr. Imus' comments to be offensive and stupid, why do we blow up what he said to this kind of proportions? These girls are at the top of their game, and they let a jackass like this bring them down. Hell, they made demands of this guy. If he wants to say something stupid, sexist and racist, let him. That is his opinion and doesn't effect your accomplishments. I would understand if maybe this was their coach, but this is a complete stranger.
Why do we associate so much harm with what amount to only words?
Don Imus isn't the first dude to say something dumb on the radio, why is this one being given so much attention?
How much is too much? The guy has apologized, when will he be able to get back to his life as a radio comedian.
Are these girls perhaps playing the victim a little too much?