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Friday, May 11, 2007

First Imus......now Opie and Anthony

One would think that after the Imus fiasco, these shock jocks would temper themselves. But, of course, this is not the case. A few days ago, during a mid-day XM radio broadcast, Opie and Anthony still found a way to cross the line on unrestricted satellite radio. The skit in question, involved a regular guest dubbed "Homeless Charlie" who went into an expletive ridden diatribe professing his desire to rape Condoleezza Rice, Laura Bush and Queen Elizabeth-if given the opportunity. Not only was this reprehensible but it's just not funny or even slightly amusing. And this incident coincides with a merger proposal between Sirius and XM looming in the background. It will be interesting to see how this plays itself out considering that the merger also requires FCC approval in order for it to become reality. Here's an excerpt from David Hinkley's NY Daily News column regarding this issue:

The actual comments were made by a guest the shock jocks call Homeless Charlie. As each woman's name came up, he said, "I'd love to f--- that b----."

They laughed as they imagined "the horror" in Rice's face and what it would be like to hold her down and punch her in the face.

The crude cracks came a month after CBS gave Don Imus the boot for calling members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team "nappy-headed ho's."

As an audio clip spread across the Internet, XM quickly issued a condemnation. "We deplore the comments made on today's 'Opie & Anthony Show,'" said an XM spokesman.

Opie and Anthony themselves offered an apology yesterday evening:

"We take very seriously the responsibility that comes with our creative freedom and regret any offense that this segment has caused."

Trust me when I say that this will not go unanswered. Vulgar speech and minstrel hop are on the chopping block. In the immortal words of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, "the chickens have come home to roost."

Unedited Version thanks to You Tube:

For the Daily News article in its entirety, click on the link below:

You can't say that!

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