Angered by slurs yelled at Barney Frank by Tea Party protestors, GEICO voice-over guy Lance Baxter found himself out of a job after leaving an offensive voicemail for the awesomely-named Dick Armey’s Tea Party group, FreedomWorks. In the message, he asked “the percentage of people that are mentally retarded who are working for FreedomWorks and who are following it.” He then went on to wonder how FreedomWorks would “spin it when one of your members does actually kill somebody, wondering if you’ve got a PR spinning routine planned for that or are you just gonna take it when it happens.”
FreedomWorks was quick to spin this situation by urging members to call both Baxter (on his personal line) and GEICO in order to “[l]et them know that you, in fact, are not a mentally retarded killer.” Thankfully this scandal wasn’t caused by the Gecko, who has a spotless record.
Don Imus found himself embroiled in controversy after referring to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hos.” MSNBC soon announced that they would no longer simulcast his Imus in the Morning radio show. The very next day, CBS Radio followed suit and dropped him as well. Sadly he’s back now on WABC.
CBS fired Jimmy “Jimmy the Greek” Snyder from NFL Today after commenting to a reporter that African Americans are better athletes because they were bred to be stronger during slavery. Ouch. That’s pretty racist. But did anyone stop to consider that he is Greek?