WOW’s production manager Jen Walters and Liz Leister, “the face of World of Wonder,” performed a bit of non-invasive cosmetic surgery on head of development Tom Campbell before the candles were blown out during the trio’s traditional birthday cake ceremony this afternoon. Campbell doesn’t look a day older than he is, but his birthday may have colored his musings on the termination of that other three-letter first name guy Don Imus, which follow after the jump.
Ramblings on Imus
Isn’t the firing of Don Imus more about ageism than racism? “Nappy-headed Hos?” If I’m not mistaken, isn’t that the title of Halle Berry’s next movie – or is it the new song from Fiddy-Cent? In other words, many people have said and done much worse things, and kept their jobs, or just plain prospered.
But have you watched Imus in the Morning lately? It’s crotchety, out-of-step, and reeks of embalming fluid. What a happy morning it must have been for the Jeffrey Zuckers and the Les Moonveses of this world when they woke up to the news of Imus’ stupid blunder. Following days (that seemed like months) of a largely hypocritical and/or self-righteous outcry, the powers-that-be had a golden opportunity to fire the old, demographically challenged coot. Best of all – and only after major sponsors decided to pull their advertising dollars – the media chiefs got to misrepresent their hatchet job as an act of high moral indignation.
Imus wasn’t fired for spewing racism. He was fired because he’s old. And he looks it. I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if a more McDreamy host, let’s say Anderson Cooper, were to make a similar blunder. Would he be cut off at the knees? Or sent by corporate jet to a Malibu rehab?
Imus said something really, really stupid. But surely the limits of stupidity (“I’ve misplaced my sex tape,” “Mission Accomplished!”) have been pushed to a place where it can’t be considered an offense worthy of termination. I don’t like Don Imus. But I’m just not sure he’s a lot more racist than, let’s say, you or me or the other guy.
– Tom Cambell