Don Imus is our AssHat of the Week. Not because my feelings were hurt by what he said. And not because I don't think he has the right to say what he said.
It was just a stupid thing to say. It wasn't clever. It wasn't enlightening. It wasn't even true.
I do think there has been an OVERreaction on the part of the media, and a smaller overreaction on the part of the offended parties.
The reaction implies that the opinions of Don Imus have some import to our culture. They do not.
Long ago, I tried to watch his show on MSNBC, and did not think it was funny or entertaining. I found Imus and his cast of characters to be self-important boobs, who enjoyed laughing at some inside joke...the inside joke being 'can you believe we're making money doing THIS?"
I don't think of women, basketball players or not, as whores. Yes, there is a rather small yet vocal minority that characterizes women as whores. They are morons. They have a problem. When a 65-year old white man who earns $8-10 million a year characterizes women as whores, he has a problem, too.
It's called unemployment.