Don Imus has gone roughly seven months without putting his foot in his mouth. And, it’s safe to say, critics may have even stopped listening with their insensitivity tuning forks on hand. Not Michael Calderone, however. The Politico.com media columnist picked up on what he says is an offensive back-and-forth between Imus and one of his co-jockeys on the subject of suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones. Jones wants to drop his nickname because of its negative associations. One member of Imus’s on-air gang laughingly points out that since Jones “has been arrested six times” in the last three years, it’s funny that he would be worried about the name “Pacman” making him sound bad. Then the following exchange occurs:
Imus: What color is he?
Sidekick: He’s African-American.
Imus: Well, there you go. Now we know.
No doubt this will make the rounds on the Internet pretty fast. What do you think? Offensive? Or oversensitive?
A New Imus Controversy? [Politico]