• Apr 11th 2007 at 6:25PM
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General Motors has decided to suspend advertising on the Don Imus radio show in the wake of controversy sparked by the radio personality's racist remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team.
General Motors is cited as a "significant advertiser" on the show, though likely is keen on keeping its distance from Imus while he continues to make matters worse for himself. Imus appeared on the Rev. Al Sharpton's radio show on Monday to apologize, and yesterday appeared on the NBC Today show with Matt Lauer, neither of which has helped to quell calls for his resignation or firing.

He'll begin a two-week suspension levied by his employer, CBS, this Monday, though whether or not big name advertisers like GM will return after a fortnight is unclear. GM joins American Express, Sprint, Staples, Proctor & Gamble Co., TD Ameritrade and Bigelow Tea in suspending or dropping altogether an association with Imus and his radio show.

UPDATE: After viewing a report on the Imus controversy on ABC's World News Tonight, we noticed that Ford Motor Company is also a sponsor of Imus' radio show, though to our knownledge has not decided to suspend its advertising.

[Source: Bloomberg]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes, its offensive but 1) its his right. Its his right if it is a screwup and its his right if its his belief. To the Iraq comment, thats what our men fight for and have since time on end. And 2) Howard Stern gets away with FAR FAR worse. just because he laughs while he does it doesnt make it less offensive. And I've never hear an apology for what he does on the shows.
      It was offensive, he apologized, lets move on. enough with the protracted knee jerk reactions.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Bush Regime is still in power but we are still a free country so its really simple, if you don't like what he says don't listen. Every black rapper has said alot worse so why aren't they trying to ruin there lives instead making all of them rich, something to think about, really sounds prejudice.
      • 8 Years Ago
      al sharpton is a big dummy. is that a racially charged comment? because al sharpton is black.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Our children are dying in Iraq to preserve the constitutional rights we have, especially the freedom of speech. If a stupid man on a dumb comedy show can not say a term used in many a rap lyrics, then something is very wrong in our country. If African-Americans are so offended by the "N" word, why use it to greet or address another African-American? I haven't ever seen a white person go to another "yo honkey" or a Chinese to another "yo chinko" This whole turn of events turns my stomach to know that people are dying in Iraq for our stupidity.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So when is the revered reverend Jackson and Al Sharpton going to call for Autoblogs disbandment for allowing people free speech and writing "nigger" and "nappy-headed ho". Oh right they won't because there is no money in it for them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why is it that african-american rap singers can say this all day and it's okay, since no one says anything about it.

      But one white guy says the same thing and it's the world war 3!?? I think it's a bit one-sided.

      When did this country turn into censorship and lack of freedom of speech? If a guy wants to be racist, isn't that his right guaranteed under the Constitution? Im not supporting racism, far from it. But come on people, when does this NAZI-like control end?
      • 8 Years Ago
      iQuack wrote:
      "See today's "Wall Street Journal for some of the antisemitic remarks Imus has made without all the uproar."

      Hmmm, someone must have been asleep at the switch then if they forgot to make an uproar about it. Just ask Mel Gibson what happens when you say something anti-Semitic...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Imus is just a stupid old man with a lot of venom. He's getting what he deserves. . . No more , no less.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Radio talk show hosts are a dime a dozen.
      He is in a profession with no job security.
      There are thousands of talk show host to-be's to replace him.
      Just replace him.
      • 8 Years Ago
      HAHAHA! the face he is making in that pic is hiarious
      • 8 Years Ago
      #12. I'm so upset that this man who has done so many good things - and is NOT a racist - has been demeaned in this manner.

      I KNEW that one would come sooner or later. Hey, I rob people Monday - Friday, but I'm not a criminal because I volunteer at the local soup kitchen on Saturday.

      Give me a break.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Double standards? Maybe to an extent.

      IMO, CONTEXT absolutely makes a huge difference on whether a statement can legitimately be contrued as racially malicious.

      A black comic making stereotypical comments about blacks to a black audience is a far cry from a white comic making the same comments about blacks to a white audience. In fact, it's also a different matter for a black comic to make the comments to white audience.

      Margaret Cho always annoyed me with the way she poked fun of Asians. Why? Because it seemed like all her acts were before predominantly WHITE audiences. It's one thing for a group to make fun of its own problems, shortcomings, and flaws. It's quite another for to exploit those issues to entertain a different group. In one case, it's satire, it's criticism, it's bitterness, it's inside-reference. In the other case, it CAN be and often is maliciousness, racist, ignorance, hateful.
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