LA Radio Hosts John and Ken Suspended for calling Whitney Houston ‘Crack Ho’
These guys run the show in Los Angeles and Orange County (unfortunately); without a doubt they are the most popular local-area talk radio program in the country. They are most (in)famous for their rants against illegal immigration, state taxes, and unions. To promote their viewpoints they never hold back; railing against Latinos (ostensibly illegally immigrants) and blaming them essentially for pretty much ALL of our problems. When they’re not insulting and blaming Latinos, they occasionally make room to single out blacks (and other minorities), women, and the poor.
I can’t say they crossed the line here, they did it years ago, but this time KFI/Clear Channel made a great call suspending them for an epithet aimed at the late Whitney Houston.
When talking about reports of Houston’s odd behavior before her death Saturday, they said: ‘It’s like, ‘Ah Jesus … here comes the crack ho again, what’s she gonna do.”
The duo talked about Houston’s past drug problems, at one point saying she was “cracked out for 20 years,” according to a recording on the website Urban Informer.
When talking about her drug problems and death, they said: “Really, it took this long?”
“John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou have been suspended for making insensitive and inappropriate comments about the late Whitney Houston,” KFI said in a statement on its website. “Management does not condone, support or tolerate statements of this kind.”
In the statement, Kobylt said, “We made a mistake, and we accept the station’s decision. We used language that was inappropriate, and we sincerely apologize to our listeners and to the family of Ms. Houston.’
Hopefully this sends a message and makes them think twice before they resort to such disparaging, racist, and sexist remarks. People hear this stuff and it reinforces false stereotypes, imbuing them with even more hatred, something the wing-nuts definitely DON’T need.
In September of last year they gave out the cellphone number of an immigrant rights activist, prompting hate-filled calls from hundreds of listeners.
“Hi, this message is for Mr. Cabrera,” one caller said in a voice mail transcribed by Cabrera. “Listen, you pile of garbage…You need to pack your [expletive] up and go back to wherever it is you came from. Nobody wants you here. You are invading the legal people that are in this country and ruining this country. I hope you choke in your own vomit.”
And that is precisely the danger of hate-filled rhetoric.