Duchess of New York

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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

NOT SO HOT 97! Hit em where it hurts!

The campaign against Hot 97's racist Morning Show hosts is working! Last night FOX 5's 10 pm local news ran a segment trashing the "Tsunami Song", and I hear Channel 11 did too. The FOX 5 clip featured several New York City Council members denouncing the song and the station for airing it. There is also a petition circulating against Hot 97! and its parent company, Emmis Communications, with more than 10,000 signatures as of this posting:

http://www.petitiononline.com/tsunmai7/petition.html

And here's a reply I received from Sprint disavowing the song and insisting that Sprint did not sponsor the segment in which the Tsunami song aired. Problem is, Sprint seems to find the station's apology and meager disciplinary action (a week's pay docked for charity relief) acceptable, and the company does not say it will pull its advertising from the show.

I say keep the pressure on! Email for the Sprint PR rep is below, in case you want to flood his inbox with the quite reasonable demand: Please Do Not Continue to Support Racist Programming On Air.

In case you need a little extra ammunition, check out the Morning Show's web page.
http://www.hot97.com/airstaff/morningShow.aspx

While they finally deleted the "Tsunami Song", where it was listed under the category "FUNNY SH*T", click on the "Saddam Hussein Poetry"

http://media.hot97.com/av/audio/morningShow/saddamCall_1.mp3

Here's an example: "Roses are red, Muhammad's eyes are blue, no really, his eyes are blew, one blew this way, the other blew that way..."

or

"Twinkle twinkle little star, Bin Laden is very far. If you catch him any day, squeeze his ass until he turns gay!"

or

"Hickory dickory dock, 72 virgins are sucking my ...."

So you might want to ask Sprint, are they really comfortable sponsoring programming like this?

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From: "Fisher, James W [CC]"
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2005 16:51:00 -0600
Subject: RE: Please do not sponsor racist shows


STATEMENT FROM SPRINT

* Sprint does NOT have any connection to the Tsunami Song aired on Hot 97 FM.

* Sprint strongly objects to any communication or other effort making light of the devastation of the tsunami disaster. The content of the "Tsunami song" clearly runs contrary to Sprint's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and is not in any way supported or condoned by Sprint. Needless to say, our hearts go out to the tsunami victims and their families -- for this and other reasons, the Sprint Foundation and our associates have worked together since the tsunami tragedy to raise funds for disaster relief efforts and will continue to do so.

*Sprint has purchased advertising time on Hot 97 but was incorrectly identified as a sponsor of the segment of the show in which the song was referenced. In any case, Sprint was unaware and had no connection to the content of the "Tsunami Song."

*Sprint has expressed our strong concern about this content to the radio station. The station has issued a public apology and appears to have disciplined the responsible parties. Sprint continually evaluates acceptable content against our own guidelines and we will continue to monitor the process with all outlets in which we advertise.

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