Monday, April 09, 2007

Irony

This morning I saw the following online headline referencing Don Imus' recent foot-in-mouth incident involving racial and sexist slurs against the Rutgers women's basketball team:

Imus Contrite: I Am a Good Person

Excuse me, but isn't trying to justify one's bad behavior by pointing to one's perceived relative goodness kind of the opposite of contrition?

3 comments:

Verdugo said...

I have long been pondering this peculiar disconnect we seem to feel between what I do and what I am. This is just the most eggregious example of a more widespread trend where we seem to believe I can regularly stretch the truth to serve my own purposes, but that doesn't make me a liar, or can be habitually unfaithful, but that doesn't make me an adulterer. It seems to be at root a very basic denial of the nature of sin not as a set of rules for isolated behaviors, but rather as something that shapes and molds us from the inside out.

Tom in Ontario said...

I've never heard this Imus guy's radio program but just from this incident and his attempts at getting out of this mess he sounds like a real doofus.

Anonymous said...

I have listened for many years to Imus and believe that he is more than a "good person". He never once said that because he's a good person that it was the reason he shouldn't be called on the carpet. He has apologized for his awful behavior and asked for forgiveness.
Imus has God given talent and has used his talent and influence for the good of all. That doesn't change the fact that he said something very wrong - again Imus is only reacting to Al Sharpton.