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April 2, 2013

Nick & Artie Show Asking Callers For Most Racist Asian Jokes

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After the sports disc jockeys ask their listeners to call in with the most racist Asian jokes they can think of–and their apologies are inadequate and even more offensive–MANAA’s talk with DirecTV executives puts the two men on probation.

Heres’s the timeline.

February 17‚ 2012-In his article, “KNBR 1050 Promotes Racist Jokes Against Jeremy Lin,” Randy Shaw, editor of reports that two days ago on the syndicated nighttime sports talk show “Nick and Artie,” “the host was urging listeners to call in with the most racist jokes about Lin and Asian-Americans they could think of. He offered a ‘joke’ about Lin having to do [Lin’s Knicks teammate] Carmelo Anthony’s laundry as an example of what he was looking for…

“A radio host who would never be soliciting watermelon jokes about LeBron James or Kevin Durant was urging listeners to call in with racist anti-Asian jokes about Jeremy Lin…

“In the course of making racial slurs against Lin, KNBR’s team also attacked Woody Allen’s wife Soon-Yi Previn for, in their view, being insufficiently demonstrative when accompanying her husband to Knick (s) games. Nick or Artie made a crack about how Ms. Previn did not appreciate the United States and should recall that she could be back in the heat of the Philippines—-Soon-Yi Previn is a native of South Korea, but for these race mongers I guess all Asian countries are the same.”

February 24-Someone emails MANAA the above article.

February 27-MANAA Founding President Guy Aoki speaks to Cara Brugnoli at DirecTV who asks him to email his concerns, which Aoki does.

February 28- Aoki speaks to Darris Gringeri (VP of Public Relations) and Chris Long (Senior VP entertainment and production, in charge of the original programming for Audience Network and Content Factory).  Long says the next night after the broadcast, he called up the hosts and their supervisor.  They rationalized the nature of the show, but Long told them, “not that type of jokes,” and asked them to apologize, which they did on the following night’s broadcast.  Gingeri and Long tell Aoki that although the solicitation for racist jokes did get callers, none of them were put on the air as someone realized it was a bad idea.

Gringeri later sends Aoki a recording of the apology the hosts made on the air.  Later that day, MANAA decides it wasn’t adequate as the hosts didn’t even admit what they had done wrong (see press release, March 1st).  Aoki sends Gingeri a transcription of the broadcast.

February 29-Through e-mail, Gingeri says, “After reading/ listening to this again closely, you may have some points.  If you don’t mind, I’d like to have our Head of Programming (Chris’s boss) speak to you this morning.”

Aoki speaks to Derek Chang (Executive Vice President of Content, Strategy and Development), who’s in charge of all programming for DIRECTV including deals with all of the programming networks on DIRECTV.  Chang informs Aoki he’d spoken to the two hosts that day, told them their apologies weren’t sincere, and placed them on indefinite probation, adding that if something like this happened again, he’d “pull the plug” on the three hour evening show.  Chang was also considering issuing guidelines to producers of DirecTV’s original programming to prevent such future lapses in judgment.

Later that day, Aoki sends him an email thanking him for taking a stand against the talent:  “We’re lucky to have you there at DirecTV.  Here’s the transcription of the apology we talked about with bold segments that show the problem areas of not coming clean on what actually happened and the contradictory statements.”

Chang agrees to having lunch with Aoki in April.

March 1-Aoki issues a press release (written by Aoki and edited with MANAA board member Miriam Nakamura-Quan)–“MANAA Praises DirecTV for Reprimanding Former Howard Stern Disc Jockey For Soliciting Racist Jokes Inspired By Jeremy Lin; Apology Invoked the Ku Klux Klan”–which is cc’d to DirecTV’s three executives.

“Artie Lange wouldn’t even come clean on what they’d done,” said Aoki.  “He referenced the New York Post headline ‘Amasian’ and took that as a sign it was fair game to ask his listeners to call in with other Asian puns.  DiPaolo corrected him, admitting they’d actually asked for stereotypical jokes.  Lange dug an even worse hole by saying:  ‘Right, we want bad, awful jokes that you hear like from someone at a Klan meeting at 4 in the morning after a couple of scotches and you can make fun of him ‘cos it’s stupid.  Uh, that’s what we wanted.  And we wanted to make fun of that whole situation.  And if we offended anybody in that process, we’re sorry about that ‘cos that’s not what we’re about here.’”

Aoki asked rhetorically, “How can you say you wanted your listeners to hear what drunk Ku Klux Klan members would say and not think it would offend people?”  Added Miriam Nakamura-Quan, “I was appalled and surprised that their lackluster apology included a reference to the KKK. They contradicted themselves in the worst kind of way.  You can’t get any more extreme or offensive than by invoking the spirit of the KKK.  That doesn’t seem like a sincere and honest apology to me.”…

“MANAA thanks Derek Chang and DirecTV for taking decisive action and hopes it sends the message to other corporations that racist attacks against Asian Americans will not be tolerated,” said Aoki.  “Obviously, no disc jockeys would encourage their listeners to call in with the most racist black jokes they know.  So why should it be OK to go after Asian Americans?  All of this detracts from the positiveness of what Jeremy Lin has accomplished. His inspirational story is moving people of all races to do their best both inside and outside the world of sports.”

To read the full press release click here.

 April 16-Aoki and Chang have lunch at Katsuya in Brentwood.

2012 Nick and Artie Lunch Cropped

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