Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Kia Vaughn Files Civil Suit!

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Kia Vaughn, star center for the Rutgers Women's Basketball team, has filed a lawsuit against Imus for libel, slander and defamation -- the first civil suit to be filed against the former radio host. Vaughn is asking for monetary damages of an unspecified amount. Let me just start off by saying that I don't believe Imus should have gotten fired in the first place. I'm all for equality, but it goes both ways. We have to stop with the double-standards! This happened in April, why is she just now filing a suit against him? He didn't tarnish her reputation at all, if anything he gained Kia a little more respect. The fact that the whole team had a press conference to express their pain and suffering that they've faced for Imus's remarks was good enough. Imus is a very crude and inconsiderate person at times, but he helps in the community and he has many charities, so he does have a heart. He's human like the rest of us and I think after that conference and meeting with the team, he regretted what he did. His show has always talked about everyone, my father watched his show every morning and found it quite funny. I disagreed with him, but he has freedom of speech just like the rest of us, so until we can stop ignorance on all fronts, we just can't persecute one individual. Also, the politicians started canceling their appearances on the show. Why would they do that? It was the perfect opportunity to stand-up for equality of all and they were cowards. Rev. Al Sharpton always comes out of the wood works when a camera is involved, which is so hypocritical. I hope that Vaughn and Imus can settle this and everyone can move on!!

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