Don Imus & The Chris Rock Rule

Contributed by AdamBernard:

“Nappy Headed Hoes.” Call it the unnecessary comment heard round the nation, because that’s exactly what it was, unnecessary. When radio personality Don Imus let those words slip out of his mouth for reasons that amounted to nothing more than garnering a very cheap laugh he had to know there would be some backlash. The repercussions for Imus came quicker, and were harsher, than many expected as he was fired yesterday. Before his firing, however, pundits threw Hip-Hop fairly unceremoniously into their discussions about his comments, making it a sidebar to the story of a 66 year old man spouting epithets about a local women’s college basketball team. The fact of the matter is, no matter if you’re on the side that feels like involving Hip-Hop in this discussion or not, Imus broke the cardinal rule, the rule Chris Rock so poignantly pointed out during his 2004 act “Never Scared,” that a lot of girls are fine hearing degrading things like the word hoe as long as they feel “he ain’t talkin bout me.” For the full story, visit

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