The comedian says he has no problem with Don Imus – and women should cook

By Tim Nudd
November 07, 2007 03:00 PM

Video courtesy ABC

Damon Wayans riled up the ladies on The View Wednesday morning by saying he had no issue with Don Imus for using the phrase “nappy-headed ho’s” and suggesting women should get back to fulfilling men’s “basic needs” – like cooking for them.

“Freedom of speech, what happened to that? What happened to expressing yourself?” Wayans, 47, said in reference to Imus, the shock jock who was fired in April for making derogatory remarks about the Rutgers women’s basketball team (and was recently hired by a rival radio station).

Wayans added: “At least I know where he stands. And you know what? When he called them nappy-headed ho’s, I went, ‘Wow, he’s right!’ ”

That got the co-hosts and the audience shouting over each other, but Wayans said a person’s reaction to a statement like that all depends on his or her perspective. “Black people at home are laughing right now,” he said. “White people are going, ‘That’s not right!’ It’s all cultural.”

Moving on to another contentious issue, Wayans said fewer women tend to men’s “basic needs” these days.

“Women today, most women I run into, don’t want to do the fundamentals,” he said. “They don’t cook. … I make the money so she can make something to cook.”

Amid the ensuing cacophony, Joy Behar managed to ask: “What if she makes as much money, though, and she says, ‘You do the cooking’?”

Wayans replied: “Then we can talk. But I haven’t met her. Beyoncé is taken.”