First it was Don Imus, fired for making racist and sexist comments about college women who made it to the National Championship basketball game.
Then, it was JV and Elvis in New York. They made a prank call to a Chinese restaraunt and basically poked fun at Asian's throughout the call. CBS decided to suspend the jocks without pay, but after an outcry by Asian-American groups who demanded the same penalty for these two as Imus got, CBS caved in and fired them.
The latest controversy comes from Opie & Anthony, who seem to think it is funny to joke about our Sectretary of State being raped. Oh, and our First Lady and the Queen of England as well. They have apologized, but they are not being fired. These comments were on the XM Satellite airwaves, not the FCC regulated airwaves, although a few advertisers have cancelled their commercials that run on O & A's CBS radio.
One question on this...where the heck is NOW? You may not like Al Sharpton, but he sure raised holy heck over Don Imus's comments about the Rutgers Women's Basketball Players. You didn't hear from the National Organization for Women then...and we aren't hearing from them now, when rape is talked about like it's just a fun past-time. Why aren't they putting some pressure on XM and CBS? For that matter, we aren't even hearing from Al Sharpton on this one. Why isn't he rallying the troops now? Oh, yeah, he's too busy doing lame debates on Hannity and Colmes with Benard McGuirk.
I really feel there is a big difference between not being politically correct, and joking about rape. "I can just imagine her face as you are holding her down," said a laughing O & A as they encouraged their regular guest "Homeless Charlie" who was talking about Condolezza Rice at the time. This is terrible, and a pair of guys who have millions of listeners should've known that. But apparently, they think rape is funny.
We're talking about a violent act that is the most serious sex crime.
I shake my head in frustration so many times in this business. These are the guys who reap millions in dollars, and get the sweetest deals in the industry. These guys, who obviously spend no time thinking about what they are going to say...because all they have to do is say the crudest, rudest thing that comes to their mind, even if it is sexual violence. Why do so many people listen to them? Why are they rewarded so much for airing such crap? Don't listeners want entertainment that is smart and funny?
Change comes from consumers. No audience = No advertisers = Guys who behave worse than teenage boys don't have a show anymore. Honestly, do you think O & A deserve one? I don't, which is why I don't listen.
- The nasty O & A audio
- Al Sharpton vs. Bernard McGuirk on Hannity & Colmes
- NOW takes issue with Alec Baldwin, but not O & A!?!?!
*Editor's Note: Since my posting, NOW has addressed this issue on their website, and I saw a representative on FOX News expressing their outrage about jokes regarding rape. Also, O & A have been suspended by XM Radio. *