Snoop Dogg has helpfully explained that his use of the term "ho" differs from that of Mr. Imus: "First of all, we ain't no old-ass white men that sit up on MSNBC going hard on black girls. We are rappers that have these songs coming from our minds and our souls that are relevant to what we feel. I will not let them [expletive] say we in the same league with them. . . . [Rappers] are not talking about no collegiate basketball girls who have made it to the next level in education and sports. We're talking about ho's that's in the 'hood that ain't doing [expletive], that's trying to get a [expletive] for his money. These are two separate things."
Someone, ideally his father, should have told that degenerate that just because something comes out of his mind and soul does not make it legitimate or edifying. In fact, his principal job in life is to see to the hygiene of his soul. But no one tells the young that anymore. We're too busy pushing wads of cash into their hands for being "as nasty as they want to be," to quote a now-passe rap album.
In 2005, the winner of Best Original Song at the Academy Awards was "It's Hard Out Here for A Pimp." The level of misogyny and vulgarity in the song is impossible to convey in a family newspaper. Sales of rap music are apparently declining -- but it remains a billion-dollar industry. Its influence is far more damaging than the sniping of one radio shock jock.