Recently, audiotapes surfaced in which Duane "Dog" Chapman is heard unleashing a filthy bigoted verbal rant peppered with the N-word and other disgusting racial insults. Most recent, it was revealed that Don Imus is returning to radio after his short time in no-mans land due to his racially charged comments made regarding regarding the Rutgers women's basketball team. Then there was our favorite Road Warrior’s, Mel Gibson, racially charged and anti-Semitic rant after he was stopped and arrested for suspicion of DWI. In all instances the celeb, apologized for his inappropriate and idiotic actions and words. For the most part Americans have accepted their apology and have once again embraced them and accepted them back into the fold.
Questions: Were the apologies issued by these celebs sincere or were they merely self-serving acts set to motion by publicists and managers? Why is the apparent racism, exhibited by celebrities and pro-athletes, so easily overlooked and forgiven? Finally, how many more of these closet racists exist in the entertainment world? How many more entertainment and sport figures have similar thoughts and feelings and merely hide them in order keep the money and fame rolling in?
I guess the only way to find out, is to wait for the next racist rant or slip of the tongue that delves deeper and gives us a better look into the real psyche and soul of those that Americans tend to hold high, as we do our celebrities and pro-athletes.