Racial And Ethnic Intolerance Is Wrong In Every CommunityJanuary 27, 2005
New York radio station's Tsunami parody went beyond the bounds of decency
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is calling for appropriate disciplinary action against members of New York radio station WQHT-FM, known locally as Hot 97, for airing a racist song parody that mocked victims of the catastrophic South Asia tsunami. The death toll from the tsunami that struck Asia and Africa is estimated from 150,000 to 178,000, with more than 140,000 still missing.
"Racially offensive remarks are wrong and unacceptable no matter from what quarter they come," said NAACP Interim President and CEO Dennis Hayes. "The African American community, like all communities, must practice tolerance and show respect for the loss of human life. The NAACP would expect the owners of WQHT-FM to properly discipline all who were involved in airing the tasteless song that has offended people in all communities."
The morning show host who played the song, Tarsha Jones, and her morning team were suspended indefinitely on Wednesday by the station management. The song set to the tune of the 1985 famine-relief song "We Are the World," first aired January 18. It included slurs against Asians and jokes about floating bodies.
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