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Where's the outrage over the latest assault on women?
by Charita M. Goshay
Some years ago, comedian Al Franken wrote a best-selling book, "Rush Limbaugh is a Big, Fat Idiot."
But are liberals big, fat hypocrites? How else to explain the dearth of outrage over remarks broadcast on "Opie & Anthony," a radio show that puts the "moron" in moronic?
The duo has been suspended for 30 days by XM Satellite Radio for broadcasting violent and derogatory sexual remarks about Laura Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Queen Elizabeth.
Opie & Anthony were booted by CBS Radio in 2002 for broadcasting a couple allegedly having sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral. Nice.
If one of the problems with such shows is the degradation of women, as was cited in the case of Don Imus, shouldn't the same degree of moral outrage be leveled at Opie & Anthony? Should it matter that the women to whom they were referring are white, or Republican, or conservative, or foreign, or rich, or elderly?
Condoleezza Rice is a black woman, just like most of the members of the Rutgers University basketball team. Is she somehow less deserving of defense and dignity because she's loyal to George W. Bush?
Where is the XM boycott? Why no cable-news specials, "national conversations" or navel-gazing magazine cover stories? Where's Al?
Laura Bush does not deserve such degradation; really, no woman does.
And what has the Queen ever done to anybody?
XM Satellite currently is experiencing widespread transmission problems.
Coincidence? Not if I were president.
GOING TO THE DOG?
Speaking of coincidence, Cerberus, the holding company that recently acquired Chrysler, shares its name with the mythological, three-headed hound that guards the Gates of Hell.
That's gotta make you feel good as you walk through those factory gates.
Consultants get paid big bucks to help companies cultivate a certain image. Who was drinking what, when Cerberus was pitched?
Its meaning was brought to my attention by a librarian at the Stark County (Ohio) District Library. Librarians are some of the smartest folks I know - smart enough to know that Cerberus is a frightening name for an investment firm.
In this age of spin, perhaps the company should consider tweaking Cerberus' image, from a demonic nightmare into a fuzzy-wuzzy Labrador retriever known as "He Who Guards the Golden Parachute."
Cerberus, by the way, was born of a giant and a half-snake, half-woman creature.
I'm not implying anything. I'm just putting it out there.
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- that articles a bit brainless isnt it. shame. (Posted on April 7, 2009, 11:58 am rob)
- What a terrible article!!!
alert('Worst Article Ever!!') (Posted on July 11, 2007, 4:13 pm Pat Battle)
- Oh great... Another c*nt that THINKS she has the right to tell me what i should find funny and what i shouldn't. Here is what i think, I think she should die of aids... I think that would be very funny. (Posted on July 11, 2007, 4:12 pm Nate)
- Remember when Anthony broke up with Opie because he just couldnt deal with the "yeast" problem any longer...... this article is just like that. (Posted on July 11, 2007, 4:12 pm Billy Cocksman)
- To this article I say; Good day. (Posted on June 19, 2007, 7:27 pm Melinda Cumia)
- I think Opie & Anthony suck, so i really don't care. If anything Opie & Anthony, and Imus for that matter, were guilty of being unfunny. I personally and others close to me have sent thousands of bogus letters/petitions to XM demanding their removal. And yes, STERN RULES. (Posted on June 11, 2007, 10:31 am Snoop1)
- Get a life. You're just trying to stir the pot again because what you wanted to happen didn't. The moment people like you get your way we lose more rights. If you don't like it change the channel. It's an easy thing to do or are you too stupid to figure out the remote? (Posted on June 10, 2007, 9:41 pm Chris E.)
- xm is a pay service. we pay to hear this. enough with this holier then thow stuff. (Posted on June 10, 2007, 9:40 pm ramone)
- that was a stupid article......I pay to listen to xm......if i dont like what they say I dont subscribe......GET IT?????.....I DONT SUBSCRIBE......not you!!!!!!...if you dont like it dont pay...BUT DO NOT decide on what i want to hear or pay for..... (Posted on June 10, 2007, 9:39 pm JG)
- You are such an idiot. If I didn't want to hear UNcensored radio I wouldn't pay for it. But I do pay for it so I should get to hear what I want. If you don't want to hear it block the channel. I really doubt you have ever heard their show anyway. (Posted on June 10, 2007, 9:39 pm cathouse kid)
- If you were president, I would hope you would drive your motorcade through Dallas. (Posted on June 10, 2007, 9:39 pm Robert Reed)
- I can tell by your article that you didn't actually listen to the Opie & Anthony show, so you do not even know who said the comments, nor do you know the context in which the comments were made. Shows like O&A, Imus in the morning & the Howard Stern show do not cause women to be treaty badly, they do not cause people to become racists, they do not cause people to turn to lives of crime and become felons. They are entertainment, and if you don't like it, don't listen. If you weren't listening to the show, but heard or read what was said in the media, complain to them, tell them you don't listen for a reason and you don't appreciate having to have it shoved in your face in your morning paper.
Like it or not, there is a major market for this type of entertainment and I for one am sick and tired of people telling me what I should or should not find offensive. I have my own line, if someone steps over it, believe me I will take action. I will stand up, where ever I am (except in my car, then I will remain seated) and take what ever measures necessary to reach out to the proper...dials on my radio and either change the station, or shut it off. PROBLEM SOLVED. (Posted on June 10, 2007, 9:38 pm dolores)
- You state: "Coincidence? Not if I were president."
Good to know that if you were President you would completely diregard the First Ammendment. (Posted on June 10, 2007, 9:38 pm Soupy Drek)
- If you do not like the kind of radio Opie and Anthony do just don't listen to the show. There are millions of us who like this kind of humor. (Posted on June 10, 2007, 9:38 pm Bob)
- Moron in moronic????? Your opinions are as awful as your writing. Firstly, this is a terrible cliché that no respectable writer would ever use. Secondly, it is used entirely incorrectly. This comedic device is only effective when: (1) the descriptor following “in” applies objectively to the subject and (2) when a root sound of that descriptor is another word or homonym for a word that has a meaning DIFFERENT from the primary descriptor and describes an ALTERNATIVE aspect of the subject. To give you an example of how to correctly use this device, imagine a professional athlete has his own sports talk radio show. A promotional ad for this show would likely say that he’s “Putting the Jock in Disk Jockey”. Also, if you enjoy the classic style of play of the San Antonio Spurs you could say they put the “fun in fundamentals”. So, when you call Opie and Anthony “moronic” that is subjective and already your quip is weakened, but when the derivative of that main descriptor which you try to apply so cleverly is the actual root word of the descriptor, the irony is lost and the joke completely fails. However, not all irony is lost because with this phrase the identity of the true moron is revealed.
With this said, let me give you some writing advice, never use clichés and never write about a subject of which you know nothing. I feel safe assuming that you have never listened to more than a few minutes of the Opie and Anthony show. If you had, you would understand the importance of the show and that they are about much much more than just sophomoric humor, although that is an aspect of the show. If you take the time to listen to the show, I would hope that you would come to appreciate the honest way in which they present and discuss important social issues.
(Posted on June 10, 2007, 9:38 pm Bob Sugar)
- You are a d*uchebag. We don't need to say anything else beside what was already stated. "Al and Jesse would be proud." (Posted on June 8, 2007, 12:59 pm jillbob)
- Help support Opie and Anthony by checking out People against Censorship.
http://www.peopleagainstcensorship.org/ (Posted on June 8, 2007, 8:56 am people against censorship)
- Opie and Anthony should have ben fired years ago for not being funny. (Posted on June 8, 2007, 8:32 am cwilliams)
- That was the worst piece of journalism I have ever read. Timing=terrible, facts=incorrect, purpose=none (Posted on June 8, 2007, 8:32 am Connor)
- This is one of the more ridiculous articles I've seen in a while. While I understand that this type of radio show may not be for everyone, there is an audience for these types of shows. The beautiful thing about our Constitution is that it is allowed. You don't have to like it, but this speech should banned is a dangerous path. Who decides what is allowed? Like the above saying there is outrage over the O&A suspension, I also believe there is outrage that Imus has been fired. Since Imus was fired from MSNBC, they have lost half of their viewership (http://nab.broadcastnewsroom.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=144614). To this I say good, the company gets what they deserve for not protecting their talent. They knew what they were getting when they hired Imus, and should have gone to bat for him. I wonder how much they've lost in revenue from sponsors not wanting to put ads on a show with only 50% of the viewers that they used to have. (Posted on June 8, 2007, 8:32 am mlv)
- There *is* an outrage over the O and A fans: we have cancelled our subscriptions because they were suspended. While both Imus's comments and the comments of Homeless Charlier were over the line, there is a perfectly functioning "off" button on all radios of any kind. (Posted on June 8, 2007, 7:48 am mgroves)
- Great article! (Posted on June 8, 2007, 7:25 am Sam)
- Wow. You really don't want to see the difference here, do you? XM Satellite Radio is a subscription service. They didn't broadcast these remarks on public airwaves. To not even acknowledge this fact in your article shows that you really are looking to make an irrelevant analogy in spite of the obvious differences in circumstances. Also, XM has lost sponsors because of the Opie and Anthony show comments. To fail to mention that is also dishonest.
The "outrage" over Don Imus was ridiculous. I agree. But do you really want to speculate that Condoleeza Rice is being treated unfairly because she is loyal to George W. Bush? That's as phony and dishonest as Al, Jesse, and everyone else that wants to embrace even the remotest possibility of discrimination.
Congratulations. You've done a fantastic job of ignoring facts that don't support your personal agenda. Al and Jesse would be proud! (Posted on June 8, 2007, 6:43 am Pete)