Don Imus, a longtime shock jock known for his racist and off-color commentary, has died at the age of 79. Joined in a reverse form of celebration, Twitter users blasted Imus’ controversial career by essentially dancing his on his grave.
Imus, born July 23, 1940 in Riverside, Calif., grew up wealthy before falling into homelessness after dropping out of high school, a brief stint in the military, and a failed musical career. In the summer of 1968, Imus’ show, Imus In The Morning, began its long run before he became one of the nation’s notable shock jocks in the vein of Howard Stern and other similar stars.
In 2007, Imus referred to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team as “hardcore hoes” and then doubled down by calling them “nappy-headed hoes,” citing that it was a term that Hip-Hop artists used. As a result, Imus’ show, which ran live on MSBNC at the time, was canceled as well as his radio show. Imus did apologize for the remarks
He made an eventual return to radio, keeping with his usual themes and edgy humor, but was asked to retire for good in 2018 although he was still under contract. Imus was 79 years old.
On Twitter, the attacks on Imus’ characters and past comments were unforgiven although the Rutgers University team and related officials did accept his apology. As one can imagine, the comments ranged from completely humorous to downright unbridled anger as a result.
We’ve done our best to collect a range of tweets regarding the death of the controversial Don Imus below.
All the Don Imus coverage should mention that it was the leadership and boldness of Vivian Stringer who stepped up, defended her players, and called him on his shit. If you go back and read what Coach said, she took it beyond Imus at a time few sports figures were making waves.— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) December 28, 2019
During Gwen Ifill's tenure at the NY Times, Don Imus said of her, “Isn’t The Times wonderful. It lets the cleaning lady cover the White House.”— Frank Lester, anti-fascist (@LoveYourCarrot) December 28, 2019
That's all you need to know about Don Imus.
Don Imus helped usher in this age of incivility; Gwen Ifill was right, and SHE didn’t fail to speak up. https://t.co/Kx4CBqDVr3— Digby Dee (Leadership Returns to WH) (@DigbyDe) December 28, 2019
To all the people online whining Don Imus gave a lot of money to charity when others bring up the fact he was a bigot: so did Henry Ford, and he was still openly & proudly anti-Semitic.— Randy Milholland (@choochoobear) December 28, 2019
Giving to charities doesn't give you a free pass to be a piece of shit.
Very sad to hear radio host Don Imus died when he shit his pants, spilled shit onto the floor while trying to clean himself up, slipped on the shit, and fell face-first into his own shit, cracking his skull open and allowing warm, liquidy shit to seep directly into his brain— Rose (@RoseEmojiTico) December 28, 2019
This morning the media are referring to the late Don Imus as "controversial," "infamous," "ribald" or "Radio Host Who Pushed Boundaries" (that's the headline in the New York Times).— Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) December 28, 2019
Apparently no one remembers how to spell "racist scumbag."
Don Imus died? "Nappy Headed Hoes" died? pic.twitter.com/MqYmnTwOIX— Stimothy-Novell 🇭🇹 (@SuckaFreeTee) December 27, 2019
Don Imus has died. A victory for nappy headed hos everywhere.— Rae Sanni Stan Account (@raesanni) December 27, 2019
Don Imus has died at the age of 79.— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) December 27, 2019
Here him and his cohost calling the young black women of a college basketball team “nappy headed hoes” and “jigaboos”
I’m sure there are people in his life who mourn his loss but I’m not one of them. pic.twitter.com/Vj7AYUJJMa