Anyhoo, this morning, discussing with sports announcer Warner Wolf the attempts by professional football player Adam "Pacman" Jones' to rehabilitate his image, Imus suddenly asked: "What color is he?"
Warner Wolf: Oh, defensive back Adam "Pacman" Jones, recently signed by the Cowboys—here's a guy suspended all of 2007, following the shooting at a Vegas nightclub—You can listen to audio of the exchange here.
Don Imus: Well, stuff happens. You're at a nightclub, for god's sake. Whaddaya think's gonna happen at a nightclub? People are drinking and doing drugs—
Imus: —there're women there, and people have guns—
Imus: —so there…go ahead.
Wolf: Well, also he's been arrested six times since being drafted by Tennessee in 2005—
Imus: What color is he?
Wolf: He's African-American.
Imus: Oh, well, there you go. Now we know.
Imus claims he was simply misunderstood: "I meant that he was being picked on because he's black." Uh-huh. And that's so totally exactly completely what it sounds like he means when you listen to it. It totally doesn't at all not a bit not in the slightest sound like he means to imply that's just what you'd expect from a black man. It definitely positively certainly sounds like he means that's just what you'd expect from the institutionally racist American legal system.
In case I'm not laying it on thick enough to be noticeable, that was sarcasm.
And I'd love to know what the fuck planet he's on that the presence of women at a nightclub means that a shooting is inevitable. Even as a "joke" that doesn't make sense; and no doubt he'd say it was just a joke.
Which certainly makes suspect his claim that the comment immediately following was some kind of searing social commentary on Jones' race making him unfairly targeted by the long arm of the law.
Of course, anyone who doesn't see that for the patent bullshit it is on its face is probably too stubborn and hopeless to be convinced anyhow.
[H/T to Papa Shakes.]