NY radio station pulls show over tsunami slur

  1. NY radio station pulls show over tsunami slur


    NEW YORK, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The entire staff of the New York radio show "Miss Jones in the Morning" was taken off the air on Wednesday after broadcasting a song that ridiculed victims of the tsunami in South Asia, the radio station said.

    New York FM radio station WQHT, or HOT 97, repeatedly ran the segment last week on the show, hosted by deejay Tarsha Nicole Jones who uses the on-air name Miss Jones.

    Jones and her team were suspended indefinitely, according to publicist Lizzie Grubman, who declined to say whether Jones would feature in another show at a later date.

    "What happened is morally and socially indefensible," said Rick Cummings, president of Emmis Radio. The station is owned by Emmis Communications Corp.


    "All involved, myself included, are ashamed and deeply sorry. I know the members of the morning show are truly contrite. They know their actions here are inexcusable," Cummings said in a statement.


    The piece used racial slurs to describe people swept away in the disaster, made jokes about child slavery and people watching their mothers die.


    "You can hear God laughing, 'Swim you *****es swim,"' was one line in the song, sung by staff of the show to the melody of the 1985 famine relief song "We Are the World."


    On Monday, the hip-hop and R&B radio station and the deejay apologized and the seven-member morning show crew agreed to donate one week's pay to relief efforts. The tsunami struck on Dec. 26, leaving nearly 300,000 dead or missing around the Indian Ocean from Somalia to Thailand.


    The incident is not the first time HOT 97 has been accused of racism and poor taste. The station made headlines when deejay Star, now at another radio station, called Jennifer Lopez a "rice-and-bean eater" and satirized the plane crash that killed R&B singer Aaliyah in 2001.
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    Has anyone heard it? I heard it last night..pretty despicable!! What were they thinking?

    The B****es word was in the article, it was not me typing it!!
    Last edit by BeachNurse on Jan 26, '05
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    they need to pull their FCC license. simple as that. they have done this before? why the HELL are they still on the air then?
  4. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    Quote from smilingblueyes
    they need to pull their fcc license. simple as that. they have done this before? why the hell are they still on the air then?
    some people just don't know the difference between making jokes & goin' wayyyyyyyyyyy over the top !

    i'm deeply saddened, ashamed, & extremely outraged :angryfire that people (particularly this group of individuals who obvious audience is geared towards afro-americans) would stoop to such low levels for ratings in this day 'n age....especially knowing aa's history & struggles...how many were stereotypically portrayed & badly treated down through the years. how could they even go there???!!!! they certainly wouldn't appreciate such behavior about them or their close relatives...they deserve to be pulled & need not ever return to the air! people like this need to be reminded that their actions do have consequences & they really need to grow-up!

    thoroughly ashamed, saddened, & disgusted :flamesonb!
    moe
  5. by   Roy Fokker
    Ok, I gotta be honest here:

    Me and one of my countrymen might share a joke or two over the issue, especially when we are sharing a few quiet drinks together. I'll admit, we've done this on a number of occassions - be they riots, cyclones or others.

    But NEVER in public. And we don't make very crude ones neither. The joke usually involves a poor guy getting screwed over by some Govt. official. Yes, it does make light of his plight - but my peer and I share more than a cursory dislike for Govt. authorities back home.

    Call it 'dark humour' or 'gallows humour' if you will. We've both experienced bad natural and man made calamities and often joke about them. But again, only amongst ourselves - and mostly at times when we are really, really POed at the adminstration and their crass incompetence and blind stupidity that ends up innocents having to pay the price.

    I would not think about telling some of my jokes out aloud - let along on public radio!
  6. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from BeachNurse
    NY radio station pulls show over tsunami slur


    NEW YORK, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The entire staff of the New York radio show "Miss Jones in the Morning" was taken off the air on Wednesday after broadcasting a song that ridiculed victims of the tsunami in South Asia, the radio station said.

    New York FM radio station WQHT, or HOT 97, repeatedly ran the segment last week on the show, hosted by deejay Tarsha Nicole Jones who uses the on-air name Miss Jones.

    Jones and her team were suspended indefinitely, according to publicist Lizzie Grubman, who declined to say whether Jones would feature in another show at a later date.

    "What happened is morally and socially indefensible," said Rick Cummings, president of Emmis Radio. The station is owned by Emmis Communications Corp.


    "All involved, myself included, are ashamed and deeply sorry. I know the members of the morning show are truly contrite. They know their actions here are inexcusable," Cummings said in a statement.


    The piece used racial slurs to describe people swept away in the disaster, made jokes about child slavery and people watching their mothers die.


    "You can hear God laughing, 'Swim you *****es swim,"' was one line in the song, sung by staff of the show to the melody of the 1985 famine relief song "We Are the World."


    On Monday, the hip-hop and R&B radio station and the deejay apologized and the seven-member morning show crew agreed to donate one week's pay to relief efforts. The tsunami struck on Dec. 26, leaving nearly 300,000 dead or missing around the Indian Ocean from Somalia to Thailand.


    The incident is not the first time HOT 97 has been accused of racism and poor taste. The station made headlines when deejay Star, now at another radio station, called Jennifer Lopez a "rice-and-bean eater" and satirized the plane crash that killed R&B singer Aaliyah in 2001.
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    Front page news on Netscape:http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/ns/news/...&w=RTR&coview=

    Has anyone heard it? I heard it last night..pretty despicable!! What were they thinking?

    The B****es word was in the article, it was not me typing it!!


    HOW disgusting. They should have stopped them when they satirized Aaliyah's death, I wonder why they didnt'? That should have been an indication of what they were dealing with right there. I heard that Damon Dash(Aaliyah's fiancee) was prepared to go to the radio station and do some damage he was so enraged.
  7. by   smk1
    the station needs to be fined because they obviously allow these people to push it to the line often enough that they think nothing of going over it. Proof is that this is not the first or second incident at this station. another station should parody them getting fired. Now THAT would be hilarious!
  8. by   saskrn
    That's disgusting.
  9. by   BeachNurse
    Quote from SharonH, RN
    HOW disgusting. They should have stopped them when they satirized Aaliyah's death, I wonder why they didnt'? That should have been an indication of what they were dealing with right there. I heard that Damon Dash(Aaliyah's fiancee) was prepared to go to the radio station and do some damage he was so enraged.
    I had the same thought.
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    "All involved, myself included, are ashamed and deeply sorry. I know the members of the morning show are truly contrite. They know their actions here are inexcusable," Cummings said in a statement.
    They should have known THAT before they pulled such a stupid, insensitive stunt. You CANNOT DO something like THAT and NOT know the reaction you'd get. Forget suspension, fire and ban them from radio and TV.
  11. by   fergus51
    I was disgusted. I'm a big user of dark humour, but that isn't what this was. This was unbelievably bad.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    This is not "dark humor", it's criminal. If this station really meant to "make up" for this, they would fire this ignoramus on the spot, and he would disappear forever from the airwaves. How distasteful and sick. The man is a jerk who needs never have public airtime again. End of story.

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