Thursday, January 27, 2005

Radio jocks deride tsunami strike

Look at the gall of the **** American Radio jockey..

[ THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2005 04:12:30 PM ]

First it was Indian call centres, now its the victims of the tsunami that struck Asia in December.
American radio has found the ultimate way of ruling the air waves – get racially offensive.
The first case that one heard about was that of Philadelphia radio jockeys Star and Buc Wild getting racially abusive on their early morning show. The duo dialled an Indian call centre and proceeded to call the female executive a "b***h" and a "filthy rat eater".
Many US-based Indians were understandably offended and the radio station very magnanimously suspended the two for a day. Far from deterring others, Star and Buc seem to have inspired more such potty mouths.
The latest in the RJSS (radio jockey s**t strike) is the 'Tsunami song' aired by RJ Tarsha Nicole Jones aka 'Miss Jones' and Hot 97 on New York's WQHT-FM .
On the morning of January 18, Miss Jones greeted the listeners with the 'Tsunami song', set to the tune of 'We are the world' and with lyrics that went:
"And all at once, you can hear the screaming chinks. And no one was saved from the wave. There were Africans drowning, little Chinamen swept away. You can hear God laughing, 'Swim you b*****s swim.' "
That is just one paragraph of the song. While the song was being aired, one could hear one of the deejays laughing in the background and saying "I am gonna be shooting some Asians."
Whoever wrote the lyrics got really creative, the next few lines go as:
"So now you're screwed. It's the tsunami, You better run and kiss your ass away. Go find your mommy. I just saw her float by, a tree went through her head. And now your children will be sold. Child slavery."
While the lyrics are particularly nauseous and absolutely not funny, what is ridiculous is that Hot 97 had posted a notice on its website saying that they along with other broadcasters were planning to collect funds for the tsunami victims.
First insult and then assuage with monetary promises?
Yes, Hot 97 's parent company Emmis Communications Corp. has suspended the programme and Miss Jones indefinitely; but if the earler incident with Star and Buc Wild is any indication - the two simply shifted jobs - Miss Jones will be back giving words to her diseased thoughts elsewhere.
And of course she too has issued an apology that goes, "I apologize to all who have been offended by my poor decision to go along with playing that insulting (to say the least) tsunami song. I should have known better, and I didn't. So I'm sorry and hopefully we can move forward from this, or I can move forward from this being a better hostess, because I am better than that and I know better than that - and you deserve better radio than that."
So, is American empathy only reserved for tragedies on American soil only, like 9/11?
American lives lost is a tragedy and anyone else dying and suffering is a parody, right?
America may not be apathetic as a nation, but when a country allows diseased people to rule the airwaves, there is something seriously wrong.


Blogger Arattai Ambujammal said...

The media is the steel factory of the information age. If the media cannot understand that Freedom of Expression is a responsibility in itself,this will damage the children of the world forever. Of course, the U.S. is the leader and superpower in this arena too!

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