I was watching Comedy Central today while Chris Rock was on, and it struck me as odd that he can say whatever he wants about any other race, but Don Imus can't make a joke without losing his job. That prompted the following e-mail to Comedy Central (my apologies to readers outside the US, who may be wondering WTF Comedy Central is...it's a supposed 24 hr-a-day comedy network available here). Anyway, the e-mail was:
On the evening of May 25, 2007 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm, you aired a highly offensive program featuring a man by the name of Chris Rock. We were offended by his depiction of "all white people" as racists, and have decided to organize a protest of your network unless Mr. Rock issues a live public apology, on your airwaves, to non-racist white people. We will also be forwarding this message to your advertisers (including, but not limited to Alltel, Sonic, Burger King, Nissan, Lipton, OnStar, General Motors and Verizon) along with a notice of our intent to boycott their products pending Mr. Rock's apology. Additionally, we will be sure that MTV Networks is made aware of this situation, and will be in contact with MTV Networks' advertisers to advise them of our intentions to boycott their products as well.
Our hope is for a speedy resolution to this issue, as several in our group are not only customers of your advertisers, but are also investors (who are willing to take a stand) in these corporations.
My 1911 is more effective than your 911.