Neal Boortz is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host who hosts "The Neal Boortz Show" on Cox Radio.
Following the incident between Representative Cynthia McKinney and a capitol policeman, Boortz addressed McKinney's hairstyle change which may have led to the whole incident. Here's a few of the things he had to say oh his March 31st radio show regarding Representative McKinney's new hairstyle:
"She looks like a ghetto slut
"McKinney's hair-do looks like an explosion in a Brillo pad factory
"To me, that hairstyle just shows contempt for -- no, it's not an Afro. I mean, no, it just shows contempt for the position that she holds and the body that she serves in. And, I'm sorry, there's just no other way to -- it's just a hideous and horrible looking.
"She looks like Tina Turner peeing on an electric fence.
"She looks like a shih tzu!
"There is just no other way to say this. It's just hideous. She looks like ghetto trash. Get a braider over there ... quick! Nobody with a modicum of self-respect would go around looking like that."
Anyway, Boortz concluded by admonishing his listeners, "don't give me any stuff for saying this. I've endured years of bald remarks. I'm entitled."
So he's entitled. Too bad Boortz isn't Afro-American as well. Then some of us might feel he's even more entitled.
Boortz is said to have apologized sometime afterward. I pretty well would expect that. It's along the line of a Pat Robertson comment said but later clarified or regretted. Then there's those Rush admonishments after saying something outrageous and being called on it. It goes like, "Lighten up folks, I'm only kidding."
The main point being, the outrageous remarks are out there. Apologies don't retrieve damage done. But they're not really intended to, are they? It's just good political fun.