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Sunday, June 17, 2007

The Days Seem Overcast for Weatherman Al Roker

I just happened to hear about this developing story involving the Today show's resident weatherman, Al Roker. It appears that Imus supporters remained ever watchful for any missteps that Roker could make in lieu of the famed Imus debacle. If anyone familiar with the past Don Imus incident surely knows, is that Roker was one of the lead voices demanding the veteran shock jock's ouster. Now, Imus supporters are demanding Roker's removal for a recent off the cuff remark made against another protected class-the disabled. Check out Eurweb.com's take on the Al Roker fiasco:

*The backlash continues for “Today Show” weatherman Al Roker, who finds himself the target of Don Imus fans after making an on-air joke last week about epileptic seizures.

"Remember that controversial Olympic logo for the 2012 Olympics in London? Some folks have complained that the campaign actually sent them into epileptic seizures," Roker said on last Thursday's show. "Well, we asked you to weigh in on our Web site in an informal poll; those of you who could get up off the floor after shaking around were able to actually log in . . . "

Although Roker issued an apology later on the same show, bloggers are labeling him a hypocrite for poking fun at a medical condition after pushing so hard for Don Imus to be fired for his offensive remarks.

I really think they are reaching on this issue, but never let it be said that I didn't see this one coming. Some have stated (yours truly included) that many folks are looking at Black leadership as being hypocritical in the wake of the Imus incident, when the same leadership allowed commercial hip hop to compromise the African-AMerican image prior to the statements made by Imus. Now Roker (who is a cousin to Lenny Kravitz via his mom, the late Roxie Roker, fyi) is caught up in this selfsame maelstrom of hypocrisy. Hopefully, Al just like his many weather predictions, can weather this storm. For more on the Roker remarks, click on the link below:


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