KOROS, HUBRIS, ATE: PRIDE GOETH BEFORE A FALL
In my opinion the intense and growing collective outrage at Don Imus has little to do with PC or hypocrisy, or freedom of speech. I think that its roots are highly specific roots triggered by Don Imus having touched a collective nerve. Let us not forget that the target of his ill advised 'humor' was a splendid group of young women who have been heroic because of their fierce dedication, capacity to learn how to play together as a scrappy championship basketball team, and who genuinely appear to be a very wholesome group of people.
Of all those in the world Don Imus could have chosen to deliver his schlock 'shock' verbal bombs - he could not have chosen more poorly.
As an entertainer I think his performance rates a Z- for poor timing.
I think part of the nerve that he touched was the fact that many people can readily identify with the vicissitudes, struggles, victories, heartaches, and heroics this Rutgers' woman's basketball has engendered.
Younger people clearly look up to these women as role models. Older people - particularly those who are parents, can easily imagine themselves parents of these outstanding girls.
Seen from this perspective, n ot only did Don Imus deeply insult and needlessly hurt these decent women but by extension deeply insulted and hurt all those - including me - who can readily identify with the uplifting character these women individually and collectively displayed.
On the face of it if there was a contest held for the highest display of character, the Rutgers' women's basketball team would win over Don Imus by about 100 to 1.