May 10, 2007

Will Opie And Anthony Get The Imus Treatment?

Opie and Anthony are two shock jocks with a long history of controversy. In 2002, they lost their jobs in New York after staging a sex contest, complete with live coverage of a couple, er, coupling in Saint Patrick's Cathedral. After outraged Catholics protested against the desecration of their church, the duo went looking for other employment.

They wound up at XM Radio, the satellite subscription radio service that has millions of listeners -- including me. I've never bothered to listen to them, and today, they proved me right. In a completely tasteless and offensive bit, the pair joked with an in-studio guest about raping Condoleezza Rice:

Warning: Extremely Vulgar Language. XM Shock Jocks Opie and Anthony engage in discussion about forced sex with the Secretary of State. A studio guest, Homeless Charlie, begins describing the scenario as the hosts laugh and encourage him. Anthony talks about the horror for Rice as the guest is "holding her down" and assaulting her. They invite Charlie to be a regular guest.

It's actually worse than the description:

Voice 1 (Charlie): I tell you what -- what that George Bush b***h, Rice? Condoleezza Rice?

Voice 2 (Host): Condoleezza Rice.

V1: I'd love to f**k that b***h, man. (Laughter) She needs to f**k a man. I'd f**k her.

V2: I can just imagine the horror on Condoleezza Rice's face when she realized what was going on. (Laughter)

V3 (Host 2): You were all just holdin' her down and, you know, f**kin' her. (Laughter)

V1: Punch her all in the f**kin' face, saying, "Shut up, b***h." (Laughter)

V3: That's exactly what I meant. (Laughter)

Compared to these three cases of arrested development, Don Imus was a model of propriety. What kind of men think that raping a woman and punching her in the face makes for humor? It doesn't matter whether they were talking about the Secretary of State or the secretary working at XM Radio, it's disgusting and repellent. It shows once again that the two hosts of this show have few redeeming qualities, if any.

Does XM Radio think this is funny? Do their subscribers? I don't think that Don Imus needed to be chased off the air for his offensive and tasteless remark, but if he went out the door for that, then Opie and Anthony should follow right behind him. However, what do you think the odds will be that Al Sharpton and the media will hold these two creeps responsible for this? About the same odds as having Rice appear on their show next week, is my guess. (via Ian at Hot Air)

UPDATE: Breitbart got the date wrong -- this aired yesterday. It was apparently a spontaneous exchange, which makes it only slightly less egregious; if someone had written this as a script, I'd have suggested some free pepper spray kits for the women who work in their studios. As it is, it still remains a repugnant attempt at humor. Anyone with a maturity level above age 12 would have shut down Charlie as soon as he started talking about beating her in the face, not egging him onto that statementr by adding in the part about holding her down and saying, "That's exactly what I meant" afterwards.


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Comments (26)

Posted by Carol_Herman [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 10, 2007 4:05 PM

Imus is suing C-BS for "wrongful termination." He wants $120-million dollars. It would be funny, if this lands in court, for the jury to write a note to the judge; asking if they can give Imus more.) But that's happened, before. BELDAR tells the story. The jurors asked for a calculator.

As to Imus, working, again, I don't think he short of offers. But to gain lots of money through a lawsuit takes time.

Still, it gives you the story rights, afterwards.

Similar to the situation Nifong threw Duke U, into. As the accused actually have a weighy case.

And, yes. America listens.

But first ya have to be famous.

Posted by TyCaptains [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 10, 2007 4:22 PM

Not that I am defending these two losers but the difference is that Imus' remark was clearly racial in nature. Should he have been fired? I dunno about that.

The situation with these two bozos is NOT about racism (note they don't use any racial terms) but simple, utterly worthless vulgarity.

Posted by RBMN [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 10, 2007 4:28 PM

For Bush-hating moonbats:

Swap the word "Condoleezza" with the word "Oprah" to achieve the proper level of disgust and outrage.

Posted by Joshua | May 10, 2007 5:30 PM

For XM and Sirius, the timing of this couldn't be worse. They are currently trying to get the FCC's approval for their proposed merger, all the while trying to dodge Sen. Ted Stevens and others who want any merger to come with certain content-regulation strings attached. Simply put, O&A's stunt hurt the merger cause, big time. That may well be reason enough for XM to give them the ax.

Posted by Deborah | May 10, 2007 5:35 PM

Sexism? Racism? what's the difference? It's undermining and degrading people.

Posted by Mwalimu Daudi [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 10, 2007 5:50 PM

Watch the ratings of Opie and Anthony soar. Like Howard Dean, Al Franken, Michael Moore, so-called "Truthers", Jimmy Carter, and a host of other leftist moonbats, Opie and Anthony appeal to the dirtiest instincts of of the Far Left.

We can expect some of these moonbats to bob to the surface on this thread with the Clintonian "everybody-does-it-only-conservatives-are-much-worse" alibi.

Posted by Scorpio | May 10, 2007 5:57 PM

Moonbat I may be, and I still think that guys who treat women like whores need to be scorned out of the public square -- whether the woman is Ms Rice or any other.

Posted by IAmFree [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 10, 2007 6:04 PM

It's not a worthy way to describe the Secretary of State, and Condi for all her faults deserves better than that. Even a never-married welfare mother of six kids, of any skin color, shouldn't be talked about that way.

Posted by section9 | May 10, 2007 7:28 PM

Sharpton, Jackson, and Julian Bond will say nothing.

They have no political stake in Rice's success. Indeed, they probably have as much contempt for Rice as do Opie, Anthony, and the anonymous Charlie.

Rice's only armor these days appears to be her dignity and personal honor. This happens because people know that Republicans can be attacked like this without consequence.

When we don't fight for our people, this is what happens to them. How many on this board and others bitterly attacked Rice, even though she was executing the President's wishes? Don't think that liberals weren't watching.

We have brought this on ourselves. When we don't fight back, when we remain on the defensive, this is what happens.

Posted by pst314 | May 10, 2007 8:12 PM

I think advocating rape goes way beyond vulgarity. These pigs should spend the rest of their lives unable to get any job except cleaning toilets.

Posted by unclesmrgol [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 10, 2007 8:20 PM

I knew there was a reason I don't have XM Radio...

These guys are advocating violence against a black woman. I really expect NOW and the NAACP to be on this ASAP, as well as both Sharpton and Jackson.

We'll see.

Posted by Jim Treacher | May 10, 2007 9:01 PM

You forgot something, Ed:


Posted by mmpost99 [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 10, 2007 9:23 PM

Does their radio show have commercial sponsors? If so, I would appreciate a list so I can boycott. Any company that supports such garbage will not get my business.

Posted by serapheem | May 10, 2007 9:53 PM

LOL... let Sharpton and company go after O&A, they won't be begging for their jobs like Imus. It would actually be interesting to see the 2 sides but heads.

Posted by Edward | May 10, 2007 10:56 PM

I heard the comments earlier, not sure from which site, but I also clearly heard them advocating raping the First Lady. Didn't anyone else hear that too?

Posted by Carol_Herman [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 10, 2007 11:17 PM

First, Imus got the FCC to rule that his words "nappy, schmappy, and ho-ho-ho" were not offensive by their measuring sticks.

I guess the FCC has heard rap, huh? And, let's it sail on our airwaves. True. And, blue.

But Imus stuck an amount on his lawsuit. $120-million-smackeroo's.

If he gets to collect? Well, it means he didn't have to get out of bed in the morning; and worry if his guests were gonna show. Or not.

And, down the road? Even if it's five years away? What if the chunk of wealth is higher than his $10-million per year WHEN HE WAS WORKING?

I bought a clue when Imus decided NOT to take his radio show, elsewhere. Knowing that there were offers! By the very definition that C-BS is losing way more than $10-million-dollars; that the Imus show generated.

Unless you think ads are free? Are they're sprinkled into the shows you listen to, to give you a bit of listening variety? And, pleasure?

Well, Lincoln said you could fool a small number of people ALL of the time. And, not just babies. Where you say "I got your nose."

At some point, Imus comes out WAY AHEAD.

Of course, you could question the timing? How long does C-BS want to be out there, twirling on a rope?

Lawyers, are in business, meanwhile, to extend their services for as long as possible.

Well? Maybe, Imus can write a book?

Posted by Adjoran [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 11, 2007 2:31 AM

So, then, TyCaptains ~ it's not "racial" for three white guys to overtly fantasize about beating and raping a black woman - so long as they don't use any "racial terms?"


Imus will win his suit if it goes to trial. His contract acknowledges the "controversial nature" of his act. If these two shock-jocks had a lawyer, so does theirs.

I find their "humor" reprehensible, but hardly actionable. They are on XM precisely BECAUSE of their outrageous behaviors. No way they get fired for this.

Posted by buzzard | May 11, 2007 3:31 AM

Sharpton has now made his bigoted remarks towards Mitt Romney so I am not sure he will be going after anyone right away , that being said Condi Rice is a Conservative Republican and part of the Bush administration no one will defend her .

Posted by SwabJockey05 [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 11, 2007 3:44 AM


Why do you find "interesting" what a simpleton says?

Posted by Nikolay | May 11, 2007 5:17 AM

so-called "Truthers"
So-called "truthers" are Ron Paul's constituency, and he gives back, even appearing on Alex Jones show. Trutherism is not a lefty, but an extreme "righty" idea stemming from total distrust of government.

Posted by Bill | May 11, 2007 7:42 AM

It’s a simple formula:

You want XM
You pay for XM
You get XM.

You don't like what's on XM?
You don't pay for XM.
You save lots of $$$$
You bankrupt XM
You listen to FREE AM/FM
where you can hear oldies of
Frank Sinatra, enjoy NPR, or
what other drivel you happen to appreciate.

Posted by Joshua | May 11, 2007 8:07 AM

For XM and Sirius, this couldn't have come at a worse time. They are trying to get the FCC to approve their proposed merger, without having to accept major concessions like content regulation. Simply put, O&A's stunt has seriously, if not fatally, hurt the merger cause, and thus hurt both companies (not to mention fellow shock jock Howard Stern at Sirius). If they are fired, it will likely be on that basis, not on the the racial or anti-GOP one.

Posted by rbj [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 11, 2007 8:40 AM

I wonder if O&A have daughters. Or maybe someone could go on their show and advocate raping those two's moms.

Never cared for shock jocks at all. Just shut up and play the music.

Posted by akabaseball [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 11, 2007 10:15 AM

Once again I will beat on the root of the problem. Those in the entertainment/arts industry seem to have a Free Pass to disrespect today. Punks like these Shock Jocks do not have to live up to standards of any kind. We will still drug test people hitting baseballs to ensure their body and brain is pure, this gives the baseball distance credibility. But all the Jack Ass talking heads trying to influence an election can smoke crack i they want, and we protect their rights. Drug Test Hollywood, if we want role models to be accountable

Posted by TyCaptains [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 11, 2007 12:49 PM


Do you define *everything* as racially motivated because of the skin color of the participants?


Such a shame you can only call others names instead of offering a logically sound rebuttal. But if that's all you got...

Posted by mike | May 13, 2007 8:37 AM

I listen to O@A cuz I like some of their humor, on some days I dont care for it so you know what I do? I turn it of because that is my choice. I choose to listen or not. America is about choices.