Thursday, April 28, 2005

 

Asians really are smarter!

Ignorance is blitzed.

Radio station apologizes over ethnic flap
Enraged Asian-American groups denounce 101.5 for 'hate programming'


The general manager of radio station New Jersey 101.5 FM said the station's drive-time talk show hosts were just "having fun" when they ridiculed a Korean-American candidate and complained about New Jersey's burgeoning Asian-American population.

"It was tongue-in-cheek, 'Jersey Guys' being 'Jersey Guys,' they were having fun with the topic," said Andrew Santoro, group vice president and general manager of Millennium Radio, the parent company of NJ 101.5.

Santoro offered an apology yesterday to Asian-Americans, saying "Jersey Guys" Craig Carton and Ray Rossi did not mean to "hurt" anyone during their show Monday, in which they mimicked Chinese accents, complained about too many Asians at Atlantic City's gaming tables, and said Americans should vote for Americans.

"The official position is that we would never want to hurt anyone, any member, any citizen of New Jersey, and none of our talk shows are geared to hurt anyone," Santoro said.

Angry Asian-Americans, including politicians and activist groups, say that is not enough. They want to see the hosts penalized or fired.

"A simple apology, given the serious, egregious language and ethnic slurs that were said on-air, just isn't going to cut it," said Christine Bae, president of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, one of many groups planning a news conference today to denounce the "hate programming."

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In Monday's broadcast, Carton said he took offense at Democratic mayoral candidates in Edison, who he said were catering to its Asian-Americans.

With Edison's Asian-American population escalating in the last two decades, Mayor George Spadoro and challenger Jun Choi, a Korean-American, acknowledged in The Sunday Star-Ledger that Asian-Americans were an important constituency that any politician running for office must capture.

"I don't care if the Chinese population in Edison has quadrupled in the last year, Chinese should never dictate the outcome of an election, Americans should," Carton said.

Carton repeated a number of stereotypes about Asians, and affected a Chinese accent while imitating the voice and dialect of Asian-Americans.

"Would you really vote for someone named Jun Choi?" Carton said, announcing the candidate's name in a sped-up, high-pitched voice. Carton also criticized Spadoro for pandering to the Asian population.
Let's see...if they aren't Americans, they can't vote. So there's no problem there. And if they can vote, then they are American citizens, which makes them as American as you, me...or Craig Carton.

Not that you'd expect a rightwing talk radio blowhard in-love-with-his-own-voice idiot to be able to think this through.

On behalf of all real "Jersey Guys," I apologize to Korean-Americans, Chinese-Americans, Decent-Americans, and Not-Braindead-Americans.

(Personally, I'd like to see Carton and Rossi stripped naked and dumped in the middle of, say, Urumqi. I hope the Chinese people are more hospitable to them than they themselves are to their fellow Americans.)
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This station is so incredibly buffoonish. Yesterday they were discussing a "scientific study" they had pulled from (their words) "The internet news service The Weekly World News."
Unfortunately, it wasn't about Bat Boy.
Wankers.
 
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This station is so incredibly buffoonish. Yesterday they were discussing a "scientific study" they had pulled from (their words) "The internet news service The Weekly World News."
Unfortunately, it wasn't about Bat Boy.
Wankers.
 
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