More American Crap!

28 January 2005 |

America, America, America!
Have a fuckin heart!

"There was a time, when the sun was shining bright
So I went down to the beach to catch me a tan.
Then the next thing I knew, a wave 20 feet high
Came and washed your whole country away.
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 bitches swim.'

"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.

US radio staff suspended over tsunami song

Stephen Brook
Thursday January 27, 2005

Only days after Rodney Marsh was sacked by Sky Sports over a tsumani joke, the entire staff of a New York radio programme have been suspended indefinitely after thousands of listeners complained about a bad taste tsunami song.

The song was a parody based on the 1985 famine fundraising single, We are the World, and featured lyrics about a woman floating through the water with a tree in her head.

The seven-member morning team at WQHT-FM Hot 97 repeatedly played the song, which also included references to "screaming chinks" and orphaned children "sold into child slavery".

"You can hear God laughing, 'Swim you bitches swim'," was one line in the song.

Another said: "Go find your mommy/I just saw her float by/a tree went through her head/and now the children will be sold to child slavery."

Thousands of listeners protested, complaining it was in poor taste to make fun of the Asian catastrophe, which has claimed the lives of more than 250,000.

Emmis Radio, owner of the station, labelled the song "morally and socially indefensible" but failed to sack the programme staff responsible.

Initially the station did not suspend DJ Tarsha Nicole Jones, who uses the on-air name Miss Jones. Instead, she apologised on-air and said the morning team would donate a week's salary to tsunami relief.

The station acted after listeners demanded Jones be sacked and management decided "stronger action was necessary to demonstrate the severity of the situation".

"All involved, including myself, are ashamed and deeply sorry," said the president of Emmis Radio , Rick Cummings.

"I know the members of the morning team are contrite. They know their actions are inexcusable."

WQHT-FM Hot 97 has been criticised in the past for poor taste.

In 2001 two different morning hosts were suspended after mocking the death of R&B singer Aaliyah in a plane crash.

Sky Sports earlier this week sacked its football pundit Rodney Marsh for making a tasteless joke about the Asian disaster on a phone-in show. He made a pun likening the fans of Newcastle United's football team - known as the Toon Army - to the tsunami.


sume said...

As I said on my blog, their puny, insincere apology isn't enough. They should join the relief effort. Let them go see firsthand the disaster they mocked so easily. Perhaps then, they would truly know why what they did was so horrible.

You'd think these people had no compassion for their fellow human beings.