Five People Who Should Have Kept Their Mouths Shut
If you happened to be living in a World Cup coma the past week and didn’t hear, Four-Star General Stanley McChrystal was fired last week after bashing the Obama administration in a Rolling Stone magazine interview. But McChrystal is just another in a long line of public figures who’ve been fired for saying shit they really shouldn’t. Here are five recent verbal blunders that had these folks heading out the door.
1. Don Imus
We all remember this one. Don Imus shocked the public one too many times after he called the Rutgers’ women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hoes.” Major backlash ensued and once Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson got involved, it was all over. Imus was fired in April 2007, only to be rehired less than a year later.
2. Isaiah Washington
The Grey’s Anatomy actor was in hot water after reportedly calling co-star T. R. Knight a “faggot.” Knight, who is openly gay, tried to put the matter behind them. And then Washington repeated the word into a mic backstage at the Golden Globe Awards. He left the show soon afterward. Moral of the story: don’t be a repeat offender.
3. D. C. Douglas
If you’re wondering who the hell this is, he’s the voice-over guy for Geico. Not the gecko, the other voice. Douglas was let go after a voicemail surfaced with him asking how many “mentally retarded” people were working and following FreedomWorks, a political grass-roots organization. Douglas could have used his 15 minutes better.
4. Helen Thomas
A veteran political reporter, Thomas recently left her position after her on-camera comments about Jewish people. Thomas told Jewish people to “get the hell out of Palestine.” Her alternative suggestions included Germany. Right. We all know how well that went.
5. Rush Limbaugh
Back in 2003, Limbaugh had a gig on ESPN—who the hell knows why exactly. Limbaugh didn’t last long after he said, “The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well” when talking about NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb. He then proceeded to strip McNabb of any credit.