Where's The Don Imus Story Today?
Only before yesterday's major outrageous murder-suicide at VirginiaTech, the Don Imus story dominated the airwaves with a few loud cultural extremists claiming the women of the Rutgers basketball teram were somehow "scarred for life", because they heard by the way of secondhand news from the likes of Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson that radio shock jock, Don Imus, made them the butt of some ill-conceived joke. Well, the terrible massacre are at Virginia Tech clearly proves that becoming a victim of violence is indeed far worse than becoming the butt of a joke by some insult comic.
Before yesterday, the Rutgers' team felt that they deserved a face-to-face apology for the claimed pain they felt. What about the deep anguish and emotional suffering among the victims and their families from Virgina Tech? What do they deserve in proportion to help with their genuine loss and suffering?
Last week's cultural correctness hysteria failed to take into account relative degrees of seriousness. Being the butt of some insult comic's joke certainly did not merit the level of hysteria by some thin-skinned critics of popular cultutre who seemed to lose all normal sense or relativity for events. It is too bad that the cold blooded reality of Monday's violence at Virginia Tech had to hit the American debate squarely on the head like a two by four, and remind persons that some genuinely bad things can actually happen to people, not just that someone told some joke about them.