Wednesday, January 26, 2005
For those of you who've been asking, yes, I've been following the entire HOT97 "Tsunami Song" debacle. One of my favorite sites, AngryAsianMan.com, has been keeping coverage of the whole thing. Another site, hiphopmusic.com has also been keeping excellent coverage.
For those of you who don't know what the stink is about... check out the lyrics from the song... prepare to be offended.
And all at once, you can hear the screaming chinks
And no one was saved from the wave
There were Africans drowning, little Chinamen swept away
You can hear God laughing, 'Swim you bitches swim.'
So now you're screwed, it's the tsunami,
You better run and 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
It's also interesting to note that on the morning show responsible, Miss Info (who's Asian American), objected to the song, and was verbally berated on-air by Miss Jones and the other staff for the fact that she found the song to be offensive. You can download a full version of the song, with the argument preceding it, right here or right here. (right-click "save link as")
Pretty horrible, right? The reaction by the Asian American community and others has been justifiably strong, but so far, only a half-assed apology and a temporary suspension has resulted... which is getting off far too easy. Can you imagine the hell a radio station would receive if it released a song making jokes about "niggers swinging from trees" or "kikes roasting in ovens"?
I encourage everybody to keep e-mailing, calling, and writing letters to the show's SPONSORS (hit them where they get their money) until Miss Jones and the staff responsible for the song are fired. So far, Sprint PCS, McDonald's, and a tax company have already pulled their sponsorship of the show, so your e-mails count!
The contact details:
Popeye's parent company: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Bartlett - email@example.com
Jennifer Hawkins - firstname.lastname@example.org
Reebok International Ltd.
PO Box 1060
Ronks, PA 17573
Reebok International Ltd.
1895 J. W. Foster Boulevard
Canton, MA 02021
ask for David Pace (atty) or Paul Fireman (CEO)
The radio station's contact info:
395 Hudson St. 7th Fl.
New York, NY 10014
Don't let them get off easy... if people think that they can keep getting away with marginalizing and degrading Asian people because they think we're going to be "quiet" and "submissive" about it, they're WRONG. I'm sure this whole suspension is their way of hoping this blows over. IT WON'T.
You can also sign these online petitions:
Chinese American rapper Jin released a great song in response that you can get here. (right click "save link as")
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