Duchess of New York

Free form rants, culture and politics from the heart of New York's Lower East Side. And yes, my name really is Sarah Ferguson.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Hot 97

As a former pirate radio broadcaster, I am really for free speech on air. But I was so blown away by the retro-racism of Hot 97's "Tsunami Song," I sent this email to their sponsor, Sprint. First time ever I've demanded that an advertiser pull its money from a show. I say it's time for progressives to fight fire with fire. If the right can go after Spongebob for ludicrous allegations, we should stand up for our values on air.

As I say in my letter to Sprint: I am used to hearing such slurs from neo-Nazis and White Power groups. I would not expect to hear crap like this on a big-city urban format. Especially in NYC!

To hear the song, try these links (warning: you have to listen to a long, annoying rant by Miss Jones actually defending the song!):


If that get's your goat, the Immigrant Solidarity Network has started a campaign to demand that Miss Jones and her cohosts be fired. http://www.immigrantsolidarity.org/


To: james.w.fisher@mail.sprint.com
Subject: Please do not sponsor racist shows

Hi, I am writing to urge you to pull your advertising from the Hot 97 Morning Show unless Miss Jones and her racist co-hosts are removed.

While I realize Miss Jones is a popular host, this "Tsunami Song" that she and her cohorts came up with is really unacceptable.

Not only did Miss Jones and her friends compose and promote the song, but in this clip below, Miss Jones actually defends the song to another cohost, Miss Info, who apparently declined to have anything to do with it because she thought it was inappropriate. Instead of acknowledging her bad taste, Miss Jones attacks Miss Info for being politically correct.

I am all for free speech and believe me, I have never before written to an advertiser about the content of any program. But this song is just beyond the pale.

You should know that in the link below, one of the hosts interrupts Miss Jones' senseless tirade about the song to say that the show is "sponsored by Sprint."
See here:


And then we hear this incredibly heartless, clueless (i.e. Chinamen??), racist song:

There was a time when the sun was shining bright
So I went down to the beach to catch me a tan
Then the next thing I knew, a wave twenty feet high
Came and washed your country away

And all at once you could hear the screaming chinks
And no one was safe from the waves
There were Africans drowning, little Chinamen swept away
You could hear God laughing, "Swim, you b*tches, 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 your children will be sold to child slavery (2X)

I realize people cope with tragedy (and media rubbernecking) in different ways, but this is so beyond the pale. How does one joke about child slavery like that?

I am used to hearing such slurs from neo-Nazis and White Power groups. I would not expect to hear crap like this on a big-city urban format. In New York City, especially, this is just unacceptable.

Thank you.


Sarah Ferguson


  • At January 24, 2005 at 9:38 AM, Blogger Simon said…

    Wow, your blog is so... so... hmm, what's the word?


    Keep up the good fight.

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