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April 23, 2007 at 11:13 AM

Imus update

News has moved from the Don Imus “nappy-headed hos” firing to real issues such as the Virginia Tech shootings, but the WNBA shouldn’t let go of this topic just yet.
I don’t agree with Imus’ firing. It’s like chopping off the top of tree and leaving the roots of the problems (like his producer who instigated the whole thing). And simply blaming rap and hip-hop artists gives record-company owners and producers a free pass to keep pushing the music.
None of that is the WNBA’s problem.
As the only professional women’s league in the country, the WNBA needs to truly be active with its women’s rights plight and clear out this type of degrading music from its arenas and promotional events.
No joke, the new Storm dance troupe did its introductory performance on Sunday to Fergie’s “London Bridge.” In case you don’t know, one line in the song is “I’m such a lady, but I dancing like a ho.” And the dancing youths were popping things that might make employees at Déjà Vu blush.
I know I’ll never win the argument to clean up the dancing. But should a little girl or boy really be gyrating to such provocative music?
For a league that champions women’s empowerment, why are they pumping negative perceptions into their arenas? And don’t tell me the crowd demands it because I’ve long heard complaints across the nation and kids, in my opinion, shouldn’t be able to pick their songs. This is a job and any true dancer should be able to dance to whatever.
So, Houston, you need to get rid of Dis ‘n’ Dat’s version of “Whoot – Here it is” the 1994 song by the girl group in which they constantly calls themselves derogatory names. No more Joe Budden at KeyArena, even though he’s a fav of guard Sue Bird, for the same reason and so on.
It’s a small gesture. But it could go a long way in giving the many youths who attend games a visual and lyrical douse of strong, respectable women role models.

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