Answering a Fool According to His Folly

Fox News reports:

Rutgers Women’s Basketball Player Files Lawsuit Against Don Imus

“Vaughn’s lawsuit, believed to be the first by a player in the case, says Imus and his former co-host Bernard McGuirk along with CBS Corp. and CBS Radio, are legally responsible for damage done to her character and reputation.”

I’m sorry. It’s not the idiotic statements of some wasted old bigot that’s going to hurt your reputation. It’s your frivolous lawsuit.

Imus was wrong and deserved to be fired. However, how was the reputation of the Rutgers players hurt by his statements? Does any reasonable person think less of them because he said stupid things? Their feelings may have been understandably hurt, but, if anything, they got more positive attention from around the country than their play ever did.  A classy response would have displayed character and been a far greater credit to her reputation than any damage his remarks could have done.

If you’re really concerned about your reputation, consider not suing a fool for his folly.

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8 thoughts on “Answering a Fool According to His Folly

  1. You are somewhat correct Nephos. The Rutgers girl should not be suing. She is making a mockery of herself. But Imus should not have been fired for Nappy Headed Hoes.

    Now he’s richer and is desired by many stations. Please think before you write.

    Bruce From Florida

  2. Cameron She probably may have much thought into suing because that has become the American way and the peer pressure from others that only see an oppurtunity with mega buck dollar signs in their eye and early retirement ?
    Right or wrong She only sees the reflection of dollar signs reflecting out of the Devils Eye.
    Blessings.
    Ron.

  3. Bruce,

    The only reason you seem to give against Imus’ firing is that it will potentially (and I say potentially because it is still unclear that it will do so) benefit him.

    That doesn’t change the fact that he deserved it. His actions were worthy of being fired. Therefore he deserved it. The results from his firing do not change that.

    Thanks for stopping by. BTW, courtesy is always welcomed here.

    Ron,
    I’m not sure of the young ladies’ motivation, but I fear she has probably been given some bad counsel by someone. There are way too many “suings” in our society.

    G,
    Thanks. Glad you have the wisdom to agree with me. 😉

  4. This will be the first time I engage in a conversation about how I feel about the whole Imus thing. But I guess it’s time. So if I go on a bit, please forgive…

    I have to say that I am HUGE Imus fan. I understood that he was a crotchety ol’, cantankerous coot, and that he said things that would offend many. But that was his schtick. That was how he became who he is. It’s all in the name of entertainment. Most of us wouldn’t even wince if we heard the same thing said in a movie.

    Please make no mistake that I would not condone saying what Imus said…ever! Certainly, I would not say it. However, I have say I’ve heard folks say things far worse words than anything Imus has ever uttered while on the air. The difference is that they MEAN them. They spew their hate speech and really mean what they say. And no one says a word! Imus was simply being the same old immature jokester that he has been for decades and was totally not serious.

    Now, unlike others who mean it when they tear others down, Imus did what he could to make amends.

    Imus was bold enough to go (alone) live on the air with that vile man sharpton and humble himself before the entire black community. In no way would such action benefit him financially or otherwise. He did it because it was what he felt was right. (Hmmm…has sharpton apologized for his spew, yet?)

    Imus went to the Rutgers girls and apologized for his comments and asked for forgiveness, and this, after he was already fired. He knew that he was going to gain nothing from meeting with those girls but he did it anyway because he knew it was what was right.

    Listen, Imus is not the kind of person you can judge by his words alone. His actions speak more accurately about a man who did great things for others. He championed the raising of funds and the building of the veteran’s hospital, even when the government could not. He jumped ugly with the politicians about the condition of Walter Reed. His ranch is one of the most philanthropic things he could do. He consistently brought Autism to the forefront of the minds of 25 million people. He held the feet of the politicians to the fire when it came to death benefits of our soldiers’ families. And the list goes on and on…

    When he got fired, the first thing I thought was how much good was NOT going to get done now. For all his immature faults, he was a serious and large contributor to the good of the country.

    Again, I am not excusing his style of comedy, though it must be taken into consideration that comedy was all he was guilty of committing. As Imus himself said, “Context is everything.”

    Now, regarding this post, I agree that this girl should not be trying to “cash in” on this. Her reputation was not tainted in any way. (For crying out loud! I can’t even remember her name as I type this! And I’m sure that I am in the vast majority of Americans!)

    What…are people shouting all kinds of racial epitaphs as she walks down the street? I HIGHLY doubt it! She sees a chance to try to get some money and is trying to exploit it. She deserves nothing more than the apology she has already been given. If she is not willing to forgive, that is her problem.

    Ok…I guess I’m done. I just had to get all that off my chest. Thanks for providing the forum, Nephos. I feel better now.

  5. You’re welcome, dk. Always glad to help. 🙂 You’re welcome to vent here anytime. (I may start charging $75 an hr. for it, though.) I’m surprised you haven’t exploded with all that inside :0

    I can understand where you’re coming from. My opinion on his firing is this: CBS made a damage control (though overkill) decision. From their viewpoint, he hurt them financially, and they were going to get crucified for his remarks. In that perspective, he deserved what happened. However, if we are going to be fair, there are many others who deserve to be fired as well.

    For the life of me, I just can’t figure out why celebrities aren’t more careful. They’ve go to bat with three strikes:
    1 – Practically everything they say is recorded.
    2 – We live in a politically correct age that will scorch anyone who speaks “out of line.”
    3 – Sound bites are easy to take out of context.

    All three of these don’t necessarily apply here, but they generally are true of people who make their living with their mouth.

  6. I may start charging $75 an hr. for it, though.

    Um…do we base that on how long it takes for me to type it? or on how long it takes for you to read it?

    No matter. Stop me at 5 minutes because that’s all I can afford!

    his firing is this: CBS made a damage control (though overkill) decision

    AH!!! It is common ground, we’ve found!

    I agree that it was not the network’s idea or desire to fire him. It was because the sponsers pulled their advertising back. These are the same advertisers who have plugged their wares on his show for years without concern.

  7. “It was because the sponsers pulled their advertising back.”

    Apart from the issue of his words (which I think most agree were inappropriate), here’s a major factor in this story:

    Victim mentality (the same that motivates the lawsuit) causes people to raise a ruckus over comments.

    Ruckus causes advertisers to fear boycotts or similar retribution, so they pull their support. (This is a result of financial concerns rather than moral outrage.)

    Loss of sponsors forces network to fire Imus. (Again, not through moral outrage, but financial pressure.)

    I realize there are other factors, but is this not a major one? Free market and free speech will have their price. In this case, it was Imus’ head.

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