April 13, 2007

I guess there was already a building called Guitarstrummet

So, Don Imus blah blah blah. It seems pretty obvious what happened here. The guy has spent years saying the first crazy thing that pops into his head, and so the filters that normal, non-morning-radio people have are no longer present in his brain. I suppose the only surprising thing is that nothing this controversial has happened to him before. Does anyone here actually listen to his show? Because I have a theory about why Imus's comment about the Rutgers women's basketball team has struck people as particularly outrageous, but my theory is based on a perhaps completely baseless assumption about his show, which is that I assume when he says something mean about someone, it's usually about a public figure of some sort -- a politician, or a celebrity. That is to say, someone who we are used to seeing criticized. George W. Bush is a dimwit, Paris Hilton is slutty; these are things we do not bat an eye at, because W. and Paris have made themselves public figures and thus open to criticism (whether that criticism is juvenile or not). But the basketball team is only in the news because they're really good at playing basketball. They're not celebrities. And when you're insulting regular people -- well, regular people are going to get pissed off.

Anyway, the main reason I even got on this subject is because I wanted to link to this article about how New Jersey governor Jon Corzine was injured while being driven to a meeting between Don Imus and the Rutgers women's basketball team at the governor's mansion. (He's got lots of broken bones, but will be fine eventually, it sounds like.) And the main reason I wanted to link to that article is because I, a native New Jerseyan, had never been aware that the name of the governor's mansion in Princeton is...Drumthwacket. Seriously. Drumthwacket. So naturally I wanted to share that.


Okay, done now.

Posted by Francis at 12:30 AM

A name like that practically begs for a more British sounding formulation, like Drumthwacket-on-Passaic.

Drumthwacket, by the way, is worth 27 points in Scrabble---assuming you're connecting DRUM to WACKET and don't hit any premium squares in between. Of course, it's a proper noun and illegal, but if nobody challenged WACKET....

Posted by: Cowboy Dave at April 13, 2007 05:58 AM

There once was a pol from Drumthwacket
Who enjoyed a sublime income bracket.
He sped in his slick truck
To meet with this sick fuck
But the Don had some Jersey bum whack it.

Posted by: RichM at April 13, 2007 12:18 PM

I'm a native New Jerseyan myself, and I never knew the governor lived in Princeton. Princeton being, you know, not the capital of New Jersey, and all.

Obligatory word-nerd trivia: Trenton comes last in an alphabetized list of US state capitals.

Posted by: kostia at April 13, 2007 11:00 PM

Kostia: Quite. Perhaps Drumthwacket is merely an auxiliary governor's mansion.

Posted by: Francis at April 14, 2007 12:46 AM

On a dark and stormy night, the Governor brooded as he paced the halls of Drumthwacket...

Posted by: Douglas at April 14, 2007 02:46 AM
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