chapter  9
“Nappy-Headed Hos”: Media Framing, Blame Shifting and the Controversy Over Don Imus’ Pejorative Language
ByHAZEL JAMES COLE AND CHERYL D. JENKINS
Pages 22

Members of the 2007 Rutgers women’s basketball team that should be best known for “a gritty season that brought them within a game of the championship” are instead, according to syndicated newspaper columnist Leonard Pitts ( 2007 ), “famous as the objects of a misbegotten attempt at banter between radio shock jock Don Imus and his radio broadcast producer Bernard McGuirk” (n.p.). In a column on the incident, Pitts recounts the dialogue between Imus and McGuirk as follows:

“That’s some rough girls from Rutgers … Man, they got tattoos … ” “Some hard-core hos,” observes McGuirk. “That’s some nappy-headed hos there,” says Imus.