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Toure Scrubs His Twitter Page? Why? - Jayson Blair Revisited.

ON Wednesday I urged those readers who wished to voice their objection regarding Toure's comments about Black women being systematically raped during slavery, to call MSNBC President Phill Griffin and complain. Afterall, Toure has listed MSNBC on his Twitter account and MSNBC has chastened employees for being unruly on Twitter in the past.

Well I called the MSNBC President's Office and talked to the same woman TWICE. Although Toure has not removed his affiliation with MSNBC, he has scrubbed his confession and admission that he was emotionally unstable and used impaired judgement. But of course he left up his jokes about Black women being raped during slavery. He appears to admit that he brought up the systematic rape and torture of Black women during slavery as some type of act of vengeance. You won't see any of this on his twitter account now because he deleted it. Luckily for you... I took a screen capture and have all of the deleted tweets. I was actually trying to take an image of his bio section with his MSNBC affiliation, but who knew that he would go back and edit his tweet stream?

Which brings up another point. I'm just a lowly blogger, but don't "professional" "journalists"- which Toure purports to be- have ethics? Isn't it a no no to LIE about your writing and blame it on an imaginary cousin taking over your Blackberry? Isn't it a LIE to confess and then erase the confession? This has Jayson Blair written all over it.

I've already called twice. Do your part and call MSNBC President Phil Griffin at 212-664-4444. When the receptionist answers just say matter of factly "Phil Griffin's Office". Sound bored. A young woman will answer the phone. At which point you can ask her:

  1. Whether MSNBC will discuss Toure's twitter hijinks and treat him the same way they treated David Shuster?

  2. Will MSNBC continue to allow Toure to include their network's name on his account?

  3. Have they discussed this matter with him at all?

  4. Will they issue a public statement regarding this matter in the same way that they issued a statement regarding David Shuster's "inappropriate" interaction with James O'Keefe?

  5. Will Keith Olberman consider naming Toure his Worst Person of the Week?

She took down my email address, but I still haven't heard back. Luckily for her, I can blog about this for the next three months.

Now that he's scrubbed his Twitter page, I'm far more interested in this because he's hiding something. Probably from his confused self.

Reader Comments (20)

Not sure what impact it will have, but I emailed the Dialy Ratigan show where Toure is a frequent contributor. I'll let you know is they respond.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

There is a new book out called Wench, was he talking about that particular subject matter?

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

Did he delete his entire twitter account, or just the posts in which he blamed it on an imaginary cousin?

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiasporique

I'm so glad you took those screen shots and called MSNBC. I'm doing the same today - when I found out about the whole thing I was not all that surprised because, well, it's Toure and he doesn't exactly love us - but I do agree his employer should hold him accountable since he does represent them.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlos angelista

I just called and spoke to Phil Griffin's assistant/call screener (?). I asked if MSNBC was planning to issue a statement regarding the inappropriateness of Touré's comments he made via his MSNBC affiliated Twitter account. The woman I spoke to said my concerns would be relayed to Phil Griffin.

Being very interested in music and pop culture, I've been following Touré's writing over the years (as I have other Black folks who write about such, e.g. Nelson George, Lisa Jones, etc.). I read lots of the work he did for Rolling Stone which actually was pretty good. However, as the years progressed I found some of his writing to be...interesting...and it made me question where he was coming from, especially with regard to women. One was an article he wrote for the now defunct Suede magazine called something like "Tales of a Sexual Desperado". Again, it was...interesting. Then I read a few essays he wrote in which he seemed to be excusing a lot of the misogyny in "urban" and hip-hop music. When he made the move to television, I totally didn't like his vibe or what he had to say. When speaking about "urban" culture he never seemed to be clear or frame it in the appropriate historical context. Whereas, when I've seen Nelson George speak about hip-hop or "urban" music/culture on similar types of media outlets, he always represents the truth and puts thing in an accurate historical context (read: he's not afraid to call non-Black and Black folks out if they're acting crazy or putting out foolishness).

Hence, this latest bit of Twitter projectile vomiting (hahaha! love that) by Touré is not surprising. I thought he would sit down somewhere and be quiet after that "quote" about Michelle Obama he put in his New York magazine piece last year. He just seems like an opportunist with self-worth and/or identity issues. *le sigh*

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTMA

Been saying and complaining about this fool ever since last summer's reading of impotent Black SuperHero with Angry Black Wife in front of 5yo - 12 yo in Brooklyn Fort Greene Park for Young Writers Workshop. Then MSNBC had him come on to speak to The Way Black Women Images are portrayed in Media. WTH???!??! anyways a true idiot and hater of Black Women cant hide forever they always slip up!

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIluvblackwomen

So did you call MSNBC yet?

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergem2001


March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIluvblackwomen

she took my name and number down and said she is calling me back.....see i am in NYC and i bring into play my radio show on 90.3FM WHCR and i write for Rolling OUT Magazine in NYC

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIluvblackwomen

Alright! Just called and them seem real peeved about the calls. So they are screening the calls and sending them to voice mail. I left a message asking the question above. I also gave an example of if he would have said that Jewish women during the holocaust used their sexuality to escape not only their capture but the death changers would that have been acceptable?

I doubt my phone call would be returned. So now I'm onto Ms. Waters.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthelildiva4u

sorry for all the typo's

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthelildiva4u

Called Maxine Waters office. This time it wasn't as combative. I used the template from the last post and it worked. He listen. But, when I mentioned Toure he said "oh I know him" kinda of happy life. Explained the comment and he was okkk (like what was wrong w/ that). He sounded Caucasian. I then used my Jewish example to try to bring another way of looking at how the comment I just quoted was offensive.

End of report!

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthelildiva4u


I used a similar example in my email to the Dylan Ratigan show.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

Hey Gina,Im getting ready to call in a sec.I'll let you all know how it goes.What I think I am going to bring up is that this is a very controversial issue on the WORLDWIDE Net and the fact that Phil Grifin has a track record of doing what's right in times like these such as the way he handled the Imus situation. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18126093/

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertruth p.

Yes - I just called and left a voice mail message regarding Toure's association with MSNBC, and requested a callback.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVinindy

I must say I didn't put his name to his face until I saw his image and thought, "Oh, that guy?" He's not the brightest in the book, but I'm shocked at his comments. And his attempts to blame it on his cousin??????

Honestly, I don't expect MSNBC to take any action. Look at the Don Imus fiasco. But I will definitely call and give my two cents on the matter. There's no excuse for this type of foolishness...

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe New Black Woman

I called earlier and they took my information. I was debating whether to write a post myself but loathe for it to be a rant. It was John Mayer, now Toure and next week it'll be someone else. I'm amazed at the number of black women who thought he was "down" and "cool with them". You know he made up that "ghetto girl" nonsense. This just gets to be a never-ending cycle of attacks and I want off the merry-go-round.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

Here is a link to a very funny takedown of Toure and his NYTimes wedding announcement. Needless to say, his wife is not a black woman: http://nytimesweddings.blogspot.com/2005/03/daddys-home.html

If you read the comments you'll see that the only thing poor Toure was mad about was he revelation of his last name and he had the blogger scrub it from the post. That was in 2005, before everyone's info was a click away, though: http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/contributions/toure-neblett.asp?cycle=08

Toure is fake and hack. Always has been, always will be.

March 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlongmemory

People. people.

It's Toure.
If you ignore it, it'll go away.


Seriously, this is just another one of his many gaffes. Remember, that Michelle Obama/ghetto girl comment. Remember, when asked to put together a list of sex symbols for thinking men, he managed to include only one black woman...as an honorable mention (Zadie Smith, the biracial British novelist was added after the piece was published).

Now he's finding new and more controversial ways to demean black women. Should we have expected any less.

Maybe having MSNBC reprimand him would make him think twice before he spewed his venom in the media.
I think a sock full of nickels to the face would be much more efficient.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

I dont know who this guy is but I find it fascinating why black men who DONT date black women have a need to attack and denigrate us so. Date who you want but leave us be.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMother

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