Monday, January 30, 2006

More Racism on the Radio

This via angry asian man, please read and forward at will:

He writes, "Respond. Get Angry. Bust some heads. It's the least you can do, if you're pissed off at this latest bit of radio racism courtesy of Adam Carolla and crew. Coming in a little late? Get yourself up to speed and listen to this audio clip of Carolla's show from earlier in the week. That should be enough to get you good and pissed off. Feel like letting out your aggression? Allow me to direct you to a few constructive outlets:

Adam Carolla:
adam@adamcarolla.com
Dave Dameshek:
dave@adamcarolla.com
Rachel Perry:
rachel@adamcarolla.com
Ozzie Castillo:
ozzie@adamcarolla.com

Here is CBS Radio's corporate contact info:

CBS RADIO
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
212-846-3939

Joel Hollander
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Radio
212-846-3939
joel.hollander@infinitybroadcasting.com

Dana L. McClintock
Vice President, CBS Communications Group
212-975-1077
dlmcclintock@cbs.com

That should get you started.

Here's a press release from the
Asian American Justice Center:
PRESS RELEASEContact: Adlai J. Amortel: 202-296-2200 ext
135aamor@advancingequality.org

AAJC Demands that CBS Reprimands Radio Host for Mocking Asian Americans

Washington, DC, Jan. 27, 2006 - The Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) today expressed outrage over the insensitive and racist segment in the Jan. 24 radio show of Adam Carolla mocking the Asian Excellence Awards which will be aired on AZN Television this Sunday, Jan. 29. "Adam Carolla demeaned the work of Asian American actors, directors, and producers and perpetuated the stereotype of Asian Americans as foreigners," said Karen K. Narasaki, president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC). "Unless Adam Carolla is strongly reprimanded, and the station and CBS Radio apologize, we will be forced to ask advertisers to withdraw their support of his show."

The Adam Carolla Show, aired through CBS Radio's 97.1 Free FM (KLSX-FM) in Los Angeles, referred to the Asian Excellence Awards as a joke and repeatedly used the sounds "ching-chong" in recreating a segment of the awards which were actually done in English [italics mine]. The Adam Carolla Show is aired in 10 West Coast cities that have the largest Asian American populations in the U.S. The Asian (AX) Excellence Awards honors Asian Americans in media who have made a difference in the United States. The awards will also pay a special tribute to the late actor, Pat Morita. AAJC is encouraging people to call or email the following CBS Radio executives: Joel Hollander, chairman and chief executive officer, CBS Radio, tel: 212-846-3939, email: joel.hollander@infinitybroadcasting.com . Dana L. McClintock, senior vice president, CBS Communications Group, tel: 212-975-1077, email:
dlmcclintock@cbs.com

A clip of the Jan. 24 Adam Carolla Show is available at:
http://www.reelplay.com/adamcarollaclips.html

AAJC's affiliate, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California, and other organizations like the Korean American Coalition of Los Angeles, and the Media Action Network for Asian Americans have also criticized the Adam Carolla Show. angryasianman continues, "Of course, when contacted for comment, CBS Radio's VP of Communication Karen Mateo said, ' The segment was meant to be humorous and was not meant to offend anyone,' which is the expected bullshit response. Because really, who are they kidding? That's a straight-up lie if you're telling me it wasn't intended to offend. Then again, they probably just thought, hey, let us crap on the Asians again! It is humorous! Well, we're not taking it. That's racist!"

You're too right, man. You're too right.

8 comments:

Dana Y. T. Lin said...

All award shows seem frivolous at one point or another, but to publicly humiliate an entire race of people? That's totally wrong.

Thanks for posting this, Lee.

Michael Parker said...

First, I need to address the topic of award shows: People don't realize that awards shows are often for the groups of people they are about. For example, the Oscars represent the awards that an adademy votes on. They aren't meant to represent what the general public views as good filmmaking, directing, or acting, etc. Same with writing awards...

Second: I'm incensed that this Adam Corolla show is mocking Asian Americans. This is most definitely wrong. I hope he is reprimanded for this.

Lee Herrick said...

It's pathetic; I agree. I hope something happens with Corolla or at least the guy, Dave Somebody, who made the idiotic/blatantly racist "joke."

pam said...

If you had trouble getting the reelplay.com audio to work (like I did), here are two other audio links, courtesy of angry asian man:

http://www.vmsdigital.com/MyFiles.aspx?Onum=77A08542-63B2-4878-9039-349B6F898CCA

http://www.angryasianman.com/other/adamcarolla2005-01-24.mp3

Must be heard to be believed, and even then it defies belief.

Lee Herrick said...

oh...thank you for posting these, pam. I didn't realize the links don't work. I heard the bit on angryasianman's site, and as you say, it does indeed defy belief.

I e-mailed Corolla, Damashek, and the CEO. I'm curious to see if and how they might respond. I imagine it will eith erbe cliched and condenscending or insulting with more mockery.

pam said...

I think it might just have been my PC choking on the reelplay audio (the audio player buttons displayed but nothing happened when I clicked play).

Yes hmmph...a condescending self-protecting corporate response may be all we can hope for from these faux-populist xenophobic talk radio types, but hopefully the message will register with them somewhere deep down in their cavebrain.

Lee Herrick said...

i sometimes forget how stunted people become. it's like listening to an seventh grader.

Lee Herrick said...

The anti-Adam Corolla show steam is picking up. Visit www.angryasianman.com and go to February 3.