Sunday, April 29, 2007

See, people are racist everywhere!

OCA, a national Asian Pacific American (APA) organization dedicated to ensuring social justice for Asian Pacific Americans, expressed outrage at an offensive radio segment aired on WFNY 92.3 FM (New York City) on 5 April 2007, and re-aired on 19 April 2007.

The segment features a prank call made by station DJs JV and Elvis to a Chinese restaurant in which they make numerous comments that demean Asian Pacific Americans, women, and the gay community.

During the six-minute segment, the DJs address restaurant employees as "Asian lady" and "Chinese man"; make demands for "lots of Asian food, son of a b****"; and ask for "shrimp flied lice" and "some old dung."

The DJs also accost one woman on the phone, saying, "Should I come to your restaurant so that I can see you naked. that way I can see your hot Asian spicy a**." They tell another restaurant employee, "You are a very nice Chinese man. probably can't drive for s***, but who cares." The DJs also call one employee "faggy."

"The blatant racism, sexism, and homophobia in this segment and in the DJs' other work is appalling," said, Ginny Gong, OCA National President, "We will be working with our chapters in the New York City metropolitan area as well as our partners in the civil rights community to seek an apology from WFNY and to demand that the DJs and producers who are responsible for airing this racist segment are fired."

"If the executives of CBS, CBS Radio and 92.3FreeFM do not fire the DJs and their producer, they are sending a very strong message to the Asian American community that they do not care," said Jeannette Wang, OCA-Westchester/Hudson Valley chapter president, "A strong signal must be sent that this type of broadcasting is unacceptable."

All I can say is "WOW".


Sniderman said...

If we're going to call Imus and others on crossing the line... let's just get 'em all.

Boo to the haters.

Gregory Holman said...

Whew. Bone-headed.

I'll have to tell you about the party pics story.

jill g said...

Here is a link where you can join others to express your outrage at the blatant racism in that radio "prank":