January 26, 2005

Tsunami Joke

So today I read all about this morning radio crew that got "suspended" (whatever that means) for playing a "tasteless" and "offensive" song mocking tsunami victims on the air. Being the inquisitive little ferret that I am, I could not rest until google laid at my feet, like a foxhound with its quarry, a (limp and bleeding) mp3 of the tsunami song and the five minutes of air time that preceded it. I wanted to hear this allegedly offensive song, to judge for myself; I'm a complete asshole, really, so I often find extremely tasteless crap just as funny as all get out. I thought perhaps I could make the case, intellectually speaking, that these people were being mistreated. A trampling of the first amendment, and all that good stuff. I thought it might be one of those things where laughter and the certain knowledge that you are going straight to hell go hand-in-hand.

I listened to the mp3. What a bunch of shitheads. I mean, can I say it any plainer? These people are just nasty, trashy, overtly racist, foul-mouthed, egotistical little prima-donna bitches; this "tsunami song" is so rancid that even I couldn't see the humor in it. It wasn't even well produced, or well thought-out, or well-executed, or well anything - it was just stupid, irritating, home-made crap that also happened to be offensive to even a thick-skinned old battleaxe like me.

Nuh-uh. That radio station has every reason to pull 'em off the air. Nobody's rights are getting ridden rough-shod over in this instance; individuals and corporate entities have the right to distance themselves from acts they find repugnant and contrary to their personal code of ethics or their mission statement, whichever applies. If I found that one of my employees had used company resources to produce and distribute something that might damage my shareholder's value, I have an obligation to take care of the situation. No. Case closed. These particular "shock jocks" are just buttheads.

I toyed with the idea of posting a link to the article, but that's just too much trouble (bad Queenie! Bad!) - suffice it to say that I saw it on CNN dot com and not at another blog, otherwise I'd probably take the trouble, just to shine in on the old blogging ethics thing. Likewise, I was going to post the audio clip...but I just can't bring myself down to the level necessary to perpetrate such an act on my own environment. It really is gross. If you want it bad enough, send google after it, like I did. In my opinion, that'd be a colossal waste of your fucking time, but hey. Judge for yourself.

Posted by Queenie at January 26, 2005 10:16 PM

Yeah, I was listening to Tammy Bruce on the radio today talking about that. Knock me down and kick me in the belly, but I thought it was kind of funny, and also noticed Tammy's point that they said "Chink" but didn't say "Nigger". Being a minority of one, I am equally racist to everyone who is not I.

C'mon, a low sense of humor is a low nasty sense of humor. I recall enjoying some shrimp we got from Canaveral Seafoods not long after Challenger went in, and addressing the little sea-bug thusly: "That you, Krista? My you look yummy!"

I seem to recall reading (prolly in the comments) on one of these here blogs, right after the tsunami disaster, that " Well, the crabbin' should be good, now."

Have you read about the tariff/quota question regarding imports of shrimp and suchlike crustaceans from Thailand and the other countries near there?

Hey, I'm squeamish about killing and hate it when any human dies, but when Mother Nature decides to apply the squish thumb to some of us, there's not much we can do but joke about it. What chapped my ass on that one was the black racism.

Posted by: Justthisguy at January 26, 2005 11:15 PM

i am very curious but unsure if i should i heed your warning and leave it alone.

Posted by: jessica at January 27, 2005 08:10 AM

Just exactly what are you trying to say?

Posted by: WarWagon at January 27, 2005 10:47 AM

It always surprises me when "shock jocks" are hired to be tasteless, controversial, and high-profile and then get slapped on the wrist for being all those things.

I vote with my money and my time, by never paying attention to them and listening to indy stations and whatnot.

My husband came home and said he'd heard about this in a news blurb on NPR. I thought - what a waste of NPR's audience :)

Posted by: Elizabeth at January 27, 2005 01:18 PM
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