FORT WORTH Several people joined local Black ministers and community leaders to protest comedian D.L. Hughley’s Juneteenth show at Bass Hall in Fort Worth Saturday. The ministers said they had enough with the double standards. If Imus can’t get away with it, black performers shouldn’t get away with it either.
The controversy surrounds Hughley’s recent appearance on the Jay Leno Show.
The comedian said Imus was wrong to call the women of the Rutgers basketball team ‘hos,’ but he did say they were some of the “ugliest, nappy head women” he had ever seen. Pastor Kyev Tatum of Servant House Baptist Church said Imus is insulting and so is D.L. Hughley.
Pastor Tatum said, “It’s not only that comment, he has a history of demeaning our community in such a way that it’s not funny anymore. “I believe that freedom of speech is a zero-sum proposition. Too many times I have watched clowns like these pretend to speak for the masses. I can only speak for me,” Hughley said in a statement released to the media. “Isn’t there a child you can help teach to read, a war to help stop, an unjustly accused man you can help out of jail? I will not apologize for telling a joke about the world as I see it.”