Racist Radio DJs (Redux)

January 25, 2005

You've probably heard of it by now, but if not, the latest in racist "shock" radio news is the universally offensive "Tsunami Song" which was airing on NYC's Hot 97 for the past few weeks. Check out some of the lyrics:

"You could hear the screaming chinks and no one was safe from the wave
There were Africans drowning, little Chinamen swept away
You could hear god laughing, 'swim you bitches swim'
So now you're screwed, it's the Tsunami
You better run or kiss your ass away, 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..."

Listen to the song, which pretty much speaks for itself. Or listen to the clip of the Hot 97 morning show in which Asian American co-host Miss Info is slammed for voicing her objection to the song.

Hot 97 has since issued a lame apology, but you can also sign an online petition or contact any one of the station's sponsors.




Forget about the racist element of this song, how about the inexplicable STUPIDITY of the entire staff and Miss Jones for even thinking that such a song can be played to thousands of ears without any repercussions to follow after? I'm literally scratching my head right now to the point of bleeding in disbelief that not a SINGLE person other than Miss Info from that staff had enough intelligence in his/her head to stop and think that maybe the song was going to get them in hot water. I can sort of understand the racism in people that makes them do irrational things but how about being smart enough to decide on something that can affect the outcome of your own JOB!!! They all should be fired and banned from radio for having a totally embarassingly low level of sub-human intelligence.
Tuan makes a good point. You have to wonder what kind of management structure or general level of common sense would have allowed such a dumb idea to ever get out of the programming meeting. Clearly the DJs are of the opinion that their popularity transcends good sense. After they fire Jones and her cohorts, the should fire the Program Director and Station Manager for letting it get by them. Oh, by the way, I heard that the Star & BucWild team (of rodent dining fame) were previously employed by Emmis Broadcasting - owners of HOT 97. Stupid is as stupid does. One possible bright spot - if these guys continue to consolidate radio AND do idiotic things like this, maybe we can close ALL of their broadcast licenses in one fell swoop. I do believe that when licenses come up for review their is a public comment provision before renewal.
Quick plug - www.wtnrradio.com - a cool new multi-genre internet radio station featuring among others Filipino-American and Japanese-American DJs.
white people are not smart.that's why Mongolian could treat them like ******s.Black do not make machines,Asian do not invent machines,White people are not smart at two other things, I won’t speak out. Because I do not l*** them.History will repeat.
china is not power.Russia are great.Russian killed 3.8 Million Nazi soldiers, took 3 million Nazi soldiers as POWS, yes, German took 3.2 million Russian POWs - this is the half truth told in lot of places,Russian finished 800,000 Japanese soldiers too. (killed 200,000, and took 600,000 pows)How about china,. 40 million Chinese were killed by Japanese in WWII they only killed 410,000 Japanese soldiers.how about England, they lost 3 wars to Japan - HK, Singapore and Malay.There were four wars between Russia and Japan, Russia won 2 times, Japan lost more soldiers in all those four battles.American also lost in Filipin once to Japan, how is that.
I dont think it wise for us to lash back out to the african american community... Were just doing the same thing, Im thankful that the said community is being sensitive and isnt taking much offense to what some of our people have said... The song itself may have only had racial slurs againts asians but they also mocked south eastern africans.... They too were affected... I think the whole crew should get fired...(with the exception of Miss info). I cant speak on envy coz I dont really know his role or if he has any say... Ive now only heard about this... From what I hear it was played three or four days in a row.. What I dont understand is why it took so long for someone to say something... If it was played that long i feel that it is not only that show but the upper management that needs to be responsible also... Bring The Beat back!!!!! No color lines
People from all communities will be protesting against Hot 97 radio station in New York - they insulted the deaths of Sri Lankans among others who perished in the tsunami by airing a racist tsunami song. It has angered people around the world.Join CAHM in protesting Hot 97 on Monday, Feb. 14 at 12 Noon in NYCBlack, Hispanic/Latino, White, Asian, Hip Hop, Students ... Everyone!Hold Hot 97 accountable for promoting hatred in our communities.The Coalition Against Hate Media (CAHM) is organizing a protest rally of Hot 97 and *EVERYONE IS INVITED* -- Come as an individual or part of a larger group. If you are coming as a group, please e-mail them at alerts [at] asianmediawatch.net This will help us anticipate the size of the protest crowd.Bring posterboard signs denouncing hatred, racism, and the Hot 97 Tsunami Song. Signs must not be attached to wooden sticks. Use cardboard tubing or hold the signs.The location of the protest is nearly final, and it will tentatively take place in front of Hot 97 Studios.Who: EveryoneWhat: CAHM Protest Rally Against Hot 97/Emmis CommunicationsWhen: Monday, February 14 from 12 Noon to 1 p.m.Where:Hot 97 Studios395 Hudson St.(between Clarkson St. & W. Houston St.)New York, New YorkThe announcement will be posted on the web at http://www.asianmediawatch.netTo receive the announcement via e-mail, subscribe to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/asianmediaalertsIn case of severe weather, call 914-882-1279 for the latest informationNewsday has just withdrawn all advertising from Hot 97 as a result of the wicked tsunami song.Many companies have already pulled advertising from Hot 97 including McDonalds, Reebok, Sprint, and Toyota. We urge Newsday to also withdraw their ads.Hot 97 radio, owned by Emmis Communications, demeaned and dehumanized millions of victims of the South Asian tsunami to the horror of appalled listeners. To the tunes of "We Are the World," Hot 97 radio hosts sang lyrics containing racial epithets and profanity, and denigrated tsunami victims in the name of God.Lyrics include "You can hear the screaming ch**ks ... little Chinamen swept away. You can hear 'God laughing swim you b****es swim.'" To read more about this incident, listen to the song, or read the full lyrics, visit the website http://www.asianmediawatch.net/missjones/The Coalition Against Hate Media (CAHM) was formed over two weeks ago to combat the hatred and intolerance promoted by Hot 97's Tsunami Song, and to hold Hot 97 and parent company Emmis Communications accountable for their actions.CAHM is a diverse coalition with representatives from different communities: Black, Hispanic/Latino, White, Asian, Hip Hop, student groups, etc. CAHM member organizations attended the January 28 protest rally at Hot 97 Studios, in support of the protest efforts led by City Council Member John C. Liu.In response to public outcry, Hot 97 fired two staff members, suspended others, and pledged a donation to tsunami relief. However, Hot 97's actions were done unilaterally and not in a spirit of mutual cooperation with the communities they so deeply scarred.Senior executives from parent company Emmis Communications, not Hot 97, need to meet with community leaders including City Council Member John C. Liu and representatives of CAHM. Firings and suspensions are not enough. Hot 97 management can simply hire new hate producers and DJs. Hot 97 must change its culture of hate: one that condoned, produced, and repeatedly broadcast the Tsunami Song.About CAHMThe national Coalition Against Hate Media (CAHM) is a diverse coalition of over 40 national and community-based organizations that promotes diverse, fair, and balanced media representation. CAHM denounce messages of hate that discriminate against people based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or religious background.
if you really care, email the sponsors, advertisers, station, dj and parent company responsible for this racist b.s. below for your easy cutting and pasting are the current list...let them know how you feel AND spread this list so others can easily email them as well!!this issue is worldwide!peace----------------abarney [at] apple.com, asnow [at] sleepysmail.com, BoardofDirectors [at] Pepsi.com, dacker [at] sleepysmail.com, dowling [at] apple.com, fcook [at] apple.com, hot97 [at] hot97.com, ir [at] emmis.com, jdimick [at] hot97.emmis.com, jsmulyan [at] emmis.com, jsteele [at] emmis.com, jwright [at] emmis.com, khealey [at] emmis.com, lancome [at] us.loreal.com, missjones [at] missjones.net, ppinsker [at] wwortv.com, programming [at] wwortv.com, rcummings [at] emmis.com, rhornaday [at] emmis.com, service [at] sleepys.com, shop [at] lancome-usa.com, Timothy_Tyler [at] lordandtaylor.com, wilder [at] apple.com----------------its just getting started!
why cant people sop being racist? i see no point of being a racist because you see different races everyday aand there's no point insulting them for the way dey look.didnt racist hear the speech by Martin Luther King?people just want to get along.
white people are racist.they think their ass don't stink,they think they are perfect...watch Jerry Springer show;most of the guests are rednecks,overweight whites trailertrash...Superior my asssssss!!!
any idea who the group was that recorded the 'ditty' or is it 'unattributed'? I'm going to push this out to some east coasters I know to raise a little hell...
i believe that the miss jones staff (except for miss info, who protested the song) recorded it themselves... there's a clip going around, the one where they attack miss info, where she says she didn't want to participate & i think that's what she meant. i could be wrong, though.btw, a tax company & now mcdonald's have pulled their advertising! (in mcd's case, only from the morning show & not hot 97 in general; i don't know about the other)
The latest news: As of today, the morning show staff has been "indefinitely suspended." (What does that mean exactly?) Here's a statement from the radio station. Why are they always apologizing for "misunderstandings." What is there to misunderstand?:Statement from WQHT-FM, HOT 97New York City - Miss Jones and the HOT 97 Morning team have been indefinitely suspended for the airing of a song that made light of a catastrophic event, as well as comments made at the time the song was aired.Earlier this week, Miss Jones said on the air "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, becauseI am better than that, and I know better than that -- and you deserve better radio than that."While Miss Jones has apologized on the air, in the media and on the HOT 97 website, station management felt that stronger action was necessary to demonstrate the severity of the situation.Emmis Radio and HOT 97 will not tolerate such derogatory and racially insensitive content. This incident in no way reflects the spirit of HOT 97. The station has a long-time and well-known reputation for community involvement and support.Emmis Radio President Rick Cummings said, "What happened is morally and socially indefensible. 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."We would like to clarify that no company advertising on our station had any connection to the Tsunami Song and no company advertising on our station endorsed or sponsored the offensive material aired on the "Miss Jones in the Morning" show. We apologize for any misunderstanding that may have caused listeners to believe that anyone, other than the morning show staff, was responsible for the material that should not have been aired.
Jin tha MC made a rebuttal track, Jin's Tsunami Song Response. I'm still pretty shocked this debacle got started in the first place.
YOu know, the song was much more than racially insensitive. It was species insensitive. Human beings suffered and idiots recorded a song making light of it. This has to be taken to that level - decent human beings don't laugh at the suffering of other human beings. To do so is sick. No matter what the race, gender, ethnicity or other biological 'marker' of the object of such callousness. It offends humanity.
Sorry for the Wu-Tang reference, but it definitely fits: C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me.) Miss Jones got pulled ("indefinitely") because of the corporate sponsors that pulled their support from Hot 97.In regards to Jin's response song, I am not only amused that he states that he's far from a "human rights activist," because it hearkens back (to me, at least) to the Details and Abercrombie scandals. You don't have to be an "activist" to be offended and want to lash out/take action--just human.
miss jones is goin straight to hell!! and i'ma make sure of it! that's so fuckin messed up...but if it happened to her people she would be crying! i'm so glad that jin got her ass suspended...jin song is hot though!that shit ain't no joke...people is dieing and you making songs about that...dat ain't cool...But Jin...Good Look!!
I knew Black people were stupid, but this is the stupidest thing ever in the history of Stupidity
I don't think we should be saying that any one race/ethnicity is stupid. It's not a genetic thing that has to do with your skin color. Please, let's not say that "Black people are stupid," or "Asian people are stupid," or "White people are stupid." Whatever color your skin, we're all human beings.What's stupid is human beings who are racist. Racist people are BEYOND stupid. Doesn't matter what color the racist is.
thanks for responding to this, audrey.i was going to delete mo's comment because i don't think racist sh*t like that belongs on this blog (not to mention on a post about a song that's not only racist but just plain insensitive to humanity), but you're right, it's just beyond stupid.
I'd just like Mo (the "clever" person who made the "black people are stupid" wisecrack) to know that I was brought to this thread through a link at the Yale Black Alumni Network, where the offensive "Tsunami Song" has been discussed, and e-mails have provided links guiding people how to protest against those responsible with Hot 97's management and its advertisers.Please don't allow the outrageous acts of a handful of hateful people at one radio station as an excuse to express your own bigotry, Mo.
Just a note to say, as an African American, that there virtually no one who is not deeply offended and outraged by Miss Jones, the song, and the whole morning show. The overwhelming majority of African Americans are abosulutely furious about what happened.There are always people of all backgrounds who'll listen to shock radio -- it's like looking at a severe car wreck. WQHT is a white-owned station, part of a huge radio conglomerate, and reactionary, generally stupid programs are a big way that these corporations have made money.
just a little more info - i have a friend who heads an NAACP Chapter near Philly. i pushed info about both the NY - HOT 97 incident and the 'rat eater' incident to him to get the NAACP's 'take'. He has pushed it along to NAACP HQ to get some noise started about the whole thing. He had to admit that he had heard nothing about it (that's why God put CD players in cars!) but that he was appalled that the incidents had occured. He'll get back to me and I'll get back to you.
So on the post by a man (?) named Mo - does anybody know Mo? the clumsiness of his post seemed to me to be just a bit to ham-handed...sort of like he was looking to start a rise, just to see how the blogsters would respond. Nevertheless, his blanket condemnation makes him no better than those he condemns. But I am sure he realized that.
Glad to hear about NAACP Philly and see posts from folks at the Yale Black Alumni Network. People of color need to work TOGETHER. It always saddens me to hear someone of one racial minority bashing people of another minority. We've all experienced insensitivities and outright racism -- how can you go perpetuate it on someone else?