Don Imus’ New Sidekick Speaks

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Karith Foster

Comedian Karith Foster had a chat with Essence and discusses her new job working with shock jock Don Imus:

Essence.com: What is it really like to work with Imus?

K.F.: He is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. He does have the grumpy old man demeanor. I’m not saying that is not who he is. That is definitely part of who he is. But he is definitely a very kind, gentle person. If I hadn’t seen that side, if I wasn’t aware of that side, then I don’t think this would be a position I would have considered. Our very first discussion—ever—was about the Rutgers situation and what he had said and my feelings about it. I’ve been in the comedy business for about ten years, and you (develop) a gauge for people; you can tell who is BSing you after the show. This man was truly, genuinely sincere and regretful for the hurt that he caused people. In that conversation he said he always made it a policy not to make fun of celebrities’ children or public figures and so forth because that’s not fair. And that (his comment) was wrong.

Essence.com: Did he call you first? I’m just curious how this happened.

K.F.: It was being at the right place at the right time. It was arranged through a manager. I remember very vividly when everything happened because my uncle had just passed away that weekend when everything broke, and he (Imus) was meeting with the Rutgers women. I remember thinking, Wow, I just wish I had been there to be able to say something. It’s kind of like the universe heard me.

Essence.com: I hear what you’re saying, but someone out there will say that you were hired to save face for Imus. Your reaction?

K.F.: (Long pause) Well, I am not here to defend the man. I am also not paid to be his policeman. I am here to contribute to a historically entertaining show. I have no issue whatsoever speaking up when I feel the need to. I feel as if I am here to represent. That is another reason I took the job. What an opportunity to be a positive role model, not just for African-Americans and not just for women, but especially African-American women.

Essence.com: Are you going to hold him accountable when he goes too far? Because sometimes he does.

K.F.: Absolutely. There is a fine line. The rules in comedy are this: All is fair in love and comedy, but it has to be funny. There is a fine line between being funny and malicious. But it’s a distinct line, and when you cross it, I think something should be said. And I think you should be held accountable.

Essence.com: Interesting.

K.F.: Listening to it and having heard the actual recording of the nappy-headed hos (incident), it was so obvious it wasn’t malicious. He was an old White guy trying to be young and hip and use the modern vernacular. And it wasn’t funny.

Click here to read the interview in its entirety.

Comments

  • Just Sit And Be Pretty

    1st:-)

  • Jay

    2nd

  • http://myspace.com/minnidapooh Minners

    I don’t believe it

  • Bahama Mama

    eh

  • DROCK

    I DON’T GIVE A F_CK ABOUT IMUS…AND PEOPLE WHO READY TO START MARCHING & PICKETING THIS STATION NEED TO GET A CLUE..HOW ABOUT MARCHING ON AIDS EDUCATION IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY..AND MARCHING FOR THE END OF BLACK ON BLACK CRIME!!! HELL, I DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IMUS BREAKING IN MY HOUSE AND SHOOTING MY MAN!! BUT I DO GOTTA WORRY ABOUT MALIK AND THEM…(was that to harsh?? sorry but yall know last week with all those deaths was a hard one)

  • Bahama Mama

    PREACH ON IT DROCK!!!

  • Mrs

    dont know who she is – frizz ease is all I’m saying

  • Traycee

    Drock…….that wasn’t hard at all. Hell, I doubt if it was hard enough.

  • Just Sit And Be Pretty

    Okay, I know she won’t admit it, but her job is window dressing. LOL, kinda like when the folks at my firm pull me into a presentation or proposal that needs someone of “color”. Now, they don’t state the obvious, but when you’ve been around the block for a minute, you know what’s up. LOL, I just hope she was smart about it and is getting a hefty salary ’cause you know she’s facing backlash, so she might as well make it worthwhile.

  • T.J.

    Again black folks picking the wrong battles. We need to be thinking about electing Obama and breaking the last glass ceiling instead of worrying about this ho and her master. BTW notice she is nappy headed. SMH. Should we call her steppa fetcha?

  • http://stylerazzi.blogspot.com StyleRazzi

    She looks like a “nappy-headed hoe” to me!!!! LMAO LMAO LMAO!!!! J/k

  • justme

    cosign w? DROCK!

  • Soul Cry

    …right place at the right time…

    Token.

  • justme

    (W/) accedental question mark^^^

  • nahnah

    They gave this token kneegrow a script and paid her a few bucks. How insulting.

    Regardless, I never made that Imus thing a big deal anyway. I think we have bigger fishes to fry, yet ain’t nobody lookin’ to fry them big fishes. We’re too preoccupied with what some ugly racist has to say.

  • justme

    and i spelled accidental wrong Im sleepy

  • WOL

    Amazing…I saw she had a personal blog on MeetRich,com, a private site for millionaires&celebrities I heard of from a friend of mine. The blog is updated very often. I think it may be ture.

  • Soul Cry

    @Nahnah

    much agreed, the issue should not be how others view us, but how we view ourselves. My mother use to say, no one can make you feel anything, you only allow them too.

  • Lili

    She needs to stop fronting. She knows she and that black dude are getting paid top dollar to be his token sidekicks. Working for him is like working for the cigarette industry: just keep quiet and collect your checks.

  • Just Sit And Be Pretty

    She’s not nappy-headed, more like frizzy headed. “I” am nappy-headed.:-)

  • AND...

    DROCK

    I DON’T GIVE A F_CK ABOUT IMUS…AND PEOPLE WHO READY TO START MARCHING & PICKETING THIS STATION NEED TO GET A CLUE..HOW ABOUT MARCHING ON AIDS EDUCATION IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY..AND MARCHING FOR THE END OF BLACK ON BLACK CRIME!!! HELL, I DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IMUS BREAKING IN MY HOUSE AND SHOOTING MY MAN!! BUT I DO GOTTA WORRY ABOUT MALIK AND THEM…(was that to harsh?? sorry but yall know last week with all those deaths was a hard one)

    Second^^^^^^^ not too harsh but it’s called tough love and WE need more of it.

  • nahnah

    much agreed, the issue should not be how others view us, but how we view ourselves. My mother use to say, no one can make you feel anything, you only allow them too.

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    if a lot of us didn’t subconsciously accept certain labels in our community, would we be so offended? if we as a people would more self-assured, we would not be worried about comments like that.

    and all that time spent protesting this guy could have been better spent on these bloods and crypts(sp?) who are killing each other in newark, nj or elsewhere.

  • Traycee

    RUBIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Just Sit And Be Pretty

    BTW, Mary Fayke, since you’re down with Carols Daughter, can you hook me up with some hair products?!?! LMAO

  • Just Sit And Be Pretty

    Frank L, your account isn’t accurate. When Dog’s pastor, Tim Storey, was interviewed by CNN soon after it happened, in not uncertain terms, he disclosed how disappointed he was w/Dog and layed into him. Even when he appeared on Larry King, it was the same story. LOL, I got the sense that the pastor “went there” because his initial conversations w/Dog were harsh. I think you’re confused because Storey has also forgiven him and has not thrown him under the bus.

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