WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Friday that radio host Don Imus’ comments about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team were “disgusting” and she was pleased he was fired.
Imus called the women players “nappy-headed hos” — racist, sexist remarks that resulted in a barrage of protests and ultimately in the outspoken host losing his CBS Radio show, which was also televised.
“I’m very glad that there was, in fact, a consequence. I think that this kind of coarse language doesn’t belong anywhere in reasonable dialogue between reasonable people,” Rice said in an interview with syndicated radio show host Michael Medved.
Rice, the first black female U.S. Secretary of State and a former college professor, said the young women Imus targeted were fine athletes trying their best.
“It gets ruined by this disgusting — and I’ll use the word ‘disgusting’ — comment which doesn’t belong in any polite company and certainly doesn’t belong on any radio station that I would listen to,” she added.
Asked how she handled racist, sexist comments directed her way, Rice laughed and replied: “I’m a big girl. I can take care of myself. And I really don’t care because, you know, I’m a mature woman.”