There has been a lot of commentary in the last couple of days due to the Imus flap and the coarsening of culture. But like many things that we notice today the roots go back much farther then just modern times.
For example the play turned book by Baroness Emmuska Orczy called the The Scarlet Pimpernel. Now I don’t recall if the Scarlet Pimpernel drove between England and France in pre-Chunnel times in a pink Cadillac accentuated with fur rescuing French Aristocrats, but introducing a hero who was a Pimpernel regardless of the color is hardly appropriat. I hear that a new movie remake will have the possible academy nominated song. "It’s hard out here for a Pimpernel."
Long before there was Rap music there was the Hoedown.