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April 2007

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Carson Park Ranger

This was a branding failure, and the analysis was solid.

He drifted from "edgy," modern, shock-jock non-sense, into the sort of old-fashioned, nudge-nudge, wink-wink rascism which is rejected roundly now-a-days by just about everyone under the age of sixty.

Nagarjun

What a cynical set of "Lessons Learned", Laura! I know this is a marketing blog, but #1 on the list should have been, "Be a good human being. Be sensitive to other people's feelings." If celebrities actually focused on being good people, half their PR/Marketing problems would go away.

Ethan

Regardless of his intention, the remarks came off very badly.

With regard to previous comment, "jigaboos" was also included in the needless rant against the Rutgers players. Certainly it's of a past era, but that word was as inflammatory as the "n-word."

With regard to Laura's suggestion that CBS acted too quickly in firing - it's a little too soon and a little too late. If they were firing on "ethical grounds" (a front for financial grounds with a corporation with little or no personality or real brand), then they acted far too slowly. Better: as Laura suggests, wait out the two week suspension and re-evaluate.

Ethan

Regardless of his intention, the remarks came off very badly.

With regard to previous comment, "jigaboos" was also included in the needless rant against the Rutgers players. Certainly it's of a past era, but that word was as inflammatory as the "n-word."

With regard to Laura's suggestion that CBS acted too quickly in firing - it's a little too soon and a little too late. If they were firing on "ethical grounds" (a front for financial grounds with a corporation with little or no personality or real brand), then they acted far too slowly. Better: as Laura suggests, wait out the two week suspension and re-evaluate.

The Hotz(e)

For starters, I have never listened to Imus before in my life. I recognize him but have never bothered to listen to his show. Personally, I think the guy looks extremely unhappy. I think he is a negative curmudgeon and has a face meant for radio.

However, I think this is absolutely ridiculous. This guy is a shock jock and does this stuff all the time. In his 30 years of radio, he has never had a track record of saying racist comments.

Personally, I don't think his comment was racist. I think it was shocking but not racist. He didn't say the n-word. What part is racist with what he said? The "nappy headed" part or "hos" part or simply that it was directed at a team of African-American women? What if the team was all white chicks? Would there be such uproar? I don't think so.

You have an entire hip-hop industry that makes billions off of us by constantly seeding these comments in their songs and lyrics. I don't see Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson flipping out about this. But heaven forbid if a white person says it.

Al and Jesse are licking their chops right now. This is the equivalent of the Super Bowl for these guys. It's just another way for them to demonstrate to the African-American community that they are "fighting for their rights." Whatever. They are always behind negative controversy and never spearheading anything positive.

When the Duke controversy hit the news last year, they were all over it like white on rice. Standing out in front of the home where the incident took place and protesting. Where are they now? The case has been thrown out and Al and Jesse are no where to be found. Don't they owe those three boys an apology? I think so! Same old rhetoric with these two.

I can't believe people have put up with these two guys for so long.....but hey, who cares 'cuz "Bitches aint shit but hoes and tricks." Right????

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