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Tsunami Jokes

A British soccer broadcaster and the Hot 97 radio station in New York have both made jokes about the deadly Tsunami in Asia. Let’s look at how the different cultures responded to the incidents…

First, Hot 97. Someone at the station came up with a song, sang to the tune of “We Are The World,” about the Tsunami victims. Here are some lyrics…

“…All at once 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…”

You can hear the song and some other ignorant bullshit here. Forget for a minute the sick fucks out there who wrote this and/or think it’s funny. Hot 97 has issued a weak-ass apology, but not for the racist nature of the thing, but for making fun of the Tsunami. And no writer, host, or DJ has been disciplined for it. Nothing. No one was fired, no suspensions, no nothing. Harmless fun, I guess.

In London, meanwhile, soccer commentator Rodney Marsh made a joke, too. I’ll quote from the AP article…

In his comments, Marsh jokingly said Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham had turned down a transfer to the English club Newcastle after hearing of trouble with the “Toon Army in Asia.”

Supporters of Newcastle are called the “Toon Army,” which sounds similar to the word “tsunami.”

Marsh apologized personally on the air, and was fired immediately.

In New York, they toss around racial slurs, laugh at the thought of a dead mother, imply that God thinks it’s funny when Asians and Africans die, and make light of child slavery. No one gets disciplined.

In London, a guy makes an innocuous little play on words, and is fired on the spot.

I’m embarrassed. I’m embarrassed to share a country, a culture, a fucking species with the Hot 97 people who are responsible for this. If nothing else, it really shows what Asian-Americans are up against in this country. People are dropping racial slurs, and not even getting reprimanded. Racial slurs are racial slurs, man. They’re not more acceptable against one group or another.

And if you need someone to prepare your taxes this year… hit up Jackson Hewitt. They’re the only company so far that’s pulled their ads from the program. Sprint, McDonalds, and others are still with it.

Good lookin’ out to the Airers of Grievances, and especially to the people at hiphopmusic.com for their work on this thing.

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Matthew J. Darnell

5 Comments

  1. I say get over yourselves…. my goodness if you can;t laugh at things then you are the sick ones. There are jokes about everything in this world whether it be a disaster or good thing. Let it be, hire Marsh back, learn to laugh at things. I am sure that Marsh was shocked and horrified at the event, but it is over and time for people to get over it. Life goes on.

  2. I don’t understand what I’m supposed to laugh at. Tell me why the word “chinks” is funny. You tell me why I should learn to laugh at racism. Tell me why I should learn to laugh at 300,000 dead people. I don’t understand your point. I don’t know why it’s OK to think racism is funny. I don’t know why my refusal to laugh at the largest tragedy in human history makes me the sick one. Explain that to me.

  3. Looks like someone did get fired after all. Took the douches long enough….

    This from the NY Times.

    “The men who run Emmis Broadcasting have been busy apologizing for a song parody mocking tsunami victims that was broadcast on the company’s Hot 97 radio station in New York in January, but not too busy to negotiate raises.

    Richard F. Cummings, the president of Emmis Radio, who called the broadcast “morally and socially indefensible” and said “all involved, myself included, are ashamed and deeply sorry,” got a three-year contract extension this month. His salary and target bonus grew by 14 percent each, to $495,000 and $341,500.

    The company’s chief lawyer, Gary L. Kaseff, will have his salary and target bonus raised by more than 12 percent each over the next two years, to $450,000 and $253,000.

    To quell the storm over the parody, Emmis gave $1 million to tsunami relief and fired a producer and a co-host”.

    PS. Great blog. Read it daily.

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