Shock Jocks Strike Again With Convo on ‘Scary, Fat, Black’ TSA Agents

March 6, 2012 ‐ By

There’s more shock jock buffoonery clogging the airwaves but this time the scope has been broadened from one specific black woman—Whitney Houston—to all the black women working as TSA Agents at LAX Airport.

Last month, John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou were suspended for nearly two weeks for calling Whitney a “crack ho” on-air, but unfortunately they didn’t leave their racist one liners at home while they were supposed to be thinking about their actions. One week after retuning to air, they had a great time poking fun at LA airport security with another KFI morning host, Bill Handal.

According to EurWeb, While discussing a new initiative to ban fast food in south central, Bill Handal gets to the “fun” part of the moratorum by explaining why this ban is needed. He says South Central is the “fat capitol of southern California.”

“This is where all of those screeners—those fat black ladies who used to be the airport screeners in tight capri pants—they’ve all moved to south central.”

I love the silence in between his statements as he waits for the co-hosts to laugh and no one does. But while the silence may seem like a sign that the other hosts thought he’d crossed the line, it seems John and Ken were just getting their own lines together. When either a caller or a guest asks the hosts not to paint his people with the same brush and insists the workers are intelligent and very educated, John cuts him off immediately and says:

“I’ve seen them at LAX so I disagree with you right off the bat. Yeah I’ve profiled them. It’s not fair? It’s true…some of these people are scary to me.”

This is why paid suspensions don’t work.

Although you can’t expect much from a station with the slogan, “All White. All the Time,” the hosts’ disrespect is pretty blatant, especially for two men who just got off “punishment.” Clearly they didn’t learn their lesson.

Do you think it’s time to up the consequences for John and Ken?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • truuuth

    standards have been severely lowered at TSA. no need to have ged or diploma. you can have past felonies. why? so blacks can have jobs

  • JN31

    There’s always going to be ignorance. There’s always going to be racism, sexism and every ‘ism’ you can think of. The thing is, no one really outside of their area ever heard of them prior to the Whitney fiasco; I still while writing this and not looking at the article can remember their names. But now, we do.  These types of people are like crying children who need attention. Eventually they will work themselves up enough to fall asleep or will stop when no one is looking. So let’s stop looking at these people; they will always exist and lets focus on the many positive things about our race. 

  • JN31

    There’s always going to be ignorance. There’s always going to be racism, sexism and every ‘ism’ you can think of. The thing is, no one really outside of their area ever heard of them prior to the Whitney fiasco; I still while writing this and not looking at the article can remember their names. But now, we do.  These types of people are like crying children who need attention. Eventually they will work themselves up enough to fall asleep or will stop when no one is looking. So let’s stop looking at these people; they will always exist and lets focus on the many positive things about our race. 

  • Indigo

    This is ridiculous. They need to be terminated immediately. They are not going to disrespect black women like that and get away with it.

  • Indigo

    This is ridiculous. They need to be terminated immediately. They are not going to disrespect black women like that and get away with it.

  • Desmari90

    I don’t know about the fat, black thing but I’m from South LA and the obesity problem has gotten out of control. Something needs to be done, and fast. It’s gotten to the point where all fast food joints take EBT and there will be at least 6 + in one intersection. The “fat” problem is no laughing matter here.

  • GUEST 2

    While I’m not naive enough to believe that these ‘shock jocks’ don’t have some sense of sincerity in their statements, I’m willing to bet that, just like these election-year politicians, they’re just jumping on the most controversial (race, women’s rights) bandwagons for higher ratings. The advocacy should not be for their greater awareness, but for media figures across the board to stop using marginalized populations for their agendas and financial gains.

    …and wtf is a “paid” suspension? How is that punishment at all?? More like paid vacation…

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  • Linda

    I really hate that you’ve put me in a position to defend those two ignorant, oily, pimply faced buffoons, but unless they have their own slogan for their show, you are wrong about their slogan. KFI’s slogan is actually “More Stimulating Talk Radio.” 

    As to their inflammatory comments that are the subject of your article, unfortunately, that’s nothing new from them. They have said so many racists and sexist comments over the years that should have been fired a long time ago. However, as with Rush Limbaugh, their show is popular in LA, mainly because it follows RL’s show in our market. Therefore, only boycotting their sponsors to demand that they dump their show will be the only hope to remove them. 

  • Guest

    What I find disgusting is that people like that even have their own radio show.  “All White All the Time”? You get what you pay for, and obviously the company that created/funds the jockeys and their show didn’t have a problem with them until people started complaining.  What we need to do is make sure the people with the money to fund this program stop getting checks so we can do away with this show and their hidden big-wig supporters at the same time!