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

March 6th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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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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Radio Hosts Suspended for Calling Whitney a ‘Crack Ho’

February 17th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Don’t people know you should never speak ill of the dead—especially when you’re just trying to be sensational. Two LA radio hosts learned that lesson the hard way when they were pulled off of the air for making insensitive remarks about Whitney Houston this week.

John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou of KFI AM 640 were immediately suspended after calling the late singer a “crack ho” and saying she was “cracked out for 20 years.” They also gave a less than sensitive account of her last days, saying she was doing hand stands at parties and “babbling like an idiot.” The radio station’s management said that it does not condone, support, or tolerate statements of this kind, which is why the men were taken off the air.

As is customary, an apology was issued, with Kobylt saying, “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.”

The hosts don’t have too long to mull over their poor choice of words. They’ll be retuning to air on Feb. 27. Only time will tell what impact a two-week suspension will have on these shock jocks.

Listen to the clip of their morning show on Eurweb.com. Do you think their short suspension is enough?

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

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