Don Imus gets suspended for two weeks. There’s no need to repeat the reason why since you can’t escape this story if you try. However, he did apologize. My question for you is do you think his employer(s), CBS and MSNBC have screwed him over?
In order to do your job well, it’s important to have the full support of your boss. If you don’t, you will not only be less creative, but you will likely take less risks – resulting in status quo.
I am NOT an Imus fan. And I would never say what Imus said. But picture yourself saying something stupid and then having the Rev. Al show up at your cubicle. Of course if he’s there, it means dozens of cameras will be too.
The Rutger’s women’s basketball team will "break their silence" at 11am today. As long as it doesn’t preempt the DNA results of Anna Nicole’s baby, it’s all good.
In a way, YOU are the boss of every celebrity. You can easily fire a star by turning the other way. And if history is any indication, we are pretty lenient bosses. We forgave Ted Danson for blackface. Mel Gibson got a pass for hating Jews. Hugh Grant and Eddie Murphy found pleasure on the side of the road with strangers and we still rush our kids to see their movies.
America has the shortest memory ever – especially when it comes to stars. Whether Don Imus loses his job or not, the odds are in his favor that he’ll land on his feet – unless WE decide otherwise.
In fact, I hear WE just re-hired Michael Richards. We’ll forget about his tirade when he steps behind the mic as a voice in the animated Cat Tale in ’08.
To sum it all up, I’m asking a question and making a statement.
Question: How far should employers go to protect their employees – even when they do something stupid?
Statement: If you truly agree with something a "famous person" says or does, remember that you could always "fire" them by tuning them out completely.
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