Nuance.

“It’s a completely different scenario,” said Snoop, barking over the phone from a hotel room in L.A. “[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 sh–, that’s trying to get a n—a for his money. These are two separate things. First of all, we ain’t no old-ass white men that sit up on MSNBC [which announced Wednesday it would drop its simulcast of Imus’ radio show] 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 mutha—-as say we in the same league as him.”

Oh, those ho’s. Question: Has the backlash formally begun? Every day this drags on, the only sympathetic characters, i.e., the Rutgers women’s team, get increasingly crowded out by interest groups and media whores looking to trade on the uproar, with Sharpton representing the nexus and ne plus ultra of the two. The latest entrant, per Debbie Schlussel: CAIR. Although I think my favorite has to be newly demure exit-poll wiz Ana Marie Cox, who’s suddenly decided she can’t in good conscience justify appearing on his show anymore even though he’s been a racist tool for years — coincidentally at precisely the moment he’s no longer in a position to help her career. Carry these words in your heart forever, dear readers, bearing in mind that her main claims to fame are (a) posing for photos with a woman who took money for sex and (b) working low-rent anal references into nearly every post she ever wrote:

Once, after I was on, he and his gang proceeded to discuss my “creamy” skin and compliment my nice pair of … “eyes.” I later asked the producer to remind him that as far as I knew, my father was listening. Now I’m going to ask my dad not to anymore.

Heart-ache.

Imus says he’s done apologizing so either he thinks the momentum’s swinging his way and is going back on the offensive or he knows the final axe is about to drop and figures he’ll just let it rip. Drudge, meanwhile, has the red font out for Reverend Al’s vow to clean up America’s airwaves as only a man with a judgment for defamation against him can. Exit question: Have the critics overreached sufficiently that CBS now has cover to keep Imus’s radio show, or does Obama’s diktat from yesterday mean he’s destined for oblivion?

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