Other than the desire to shock listeners – and thereby create controversy, grow audiences and sell advertising — the current spate of repulsive shock-jock gibberish all share something else: a salary from CBS. Once peacock-proud of their self-styled “Tiffany” network — so-called for its supposed devotion to quality — the corporate heirs of William Paley traded public service for private profit long ago. But now no amount of filthy lucre can perfume away the stench wafting from the current trench of programming sewage being shoveled our way of late by such CBS on-air alleged ‘talent’ as Opie & Anthony, JV and Elvis, and Don “I-Man” Imus.
Now that JV and Elvis are no longer in the house, having joined Imus on the unemployment line, and their Asian-mocking joking has left CBS execs with more community opprobrium, angry advertisers, and another gaping hole in their schedule, their fellow shock jocks Opie and Anthony should swiftly follow all three out the door. Maybe then their corporate overlords at CBS will finally learn that ‘making fun’ of people because of their race, gender or sexual orientation really isn’t funny, and that encouraging rape and violent assault is a criminal and not a comic act.
Unlike the CBS execs, the dopey duo - whose real names are Gregg Hughes and Anthony Cumia – at least had the sense to apologize last week after a guest on their XM satellite show advocated raping Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, First Lady Laura Bush and Queen Elizabeth of Britain. Here’s a sample of their shocking “humor,” as the hosts laugh and fantasize about the horror for Rice as studio guest “Homeless Charlie” is “holdin’ her down” and assaulting her:
Voice 1 (Charlie): I tell you what — what that George Bush b*tch, Rice? Condoleezza Rice?
V1: I’d love to f*ck that b*tch, man. (Laughter) She needs to f*ck a man. I’d f*ck her.
V2: I can just imagine the horror on Condoleezza Rice’s face when she realized what was going on. (Laughter)
V3 (Host 2): You were all just holdin’ her down and, you know, fuckin’ her. (Laughter)
V1: Punch her all in the fuckin’ face, saying, “Shut up, b*tch.” (Laughter)
V3: That’s exactly what I meant. (Laughter)
(To hear the exchange, go here: Breitbart.tv)
The reaction from XM satellite radio was similarly curt. Asked whether the company would discipline Opie and Anthony, XM spokesman Nathaniel Brown said only, “We deplore the comments made on Wednesday’s ‘Opie & Anthony Show.’” It wasn’t until almost a week later that the company announced that it would suspend the two jocks and cease broadcast of the show for 30 days… an apology of sorts that only came, a company press release stated, after comments made by the pair on a May 14th broadcast “put into question whether they appreciate the seriousness of the matter. The management of XM Radio decided to suspend Opie and Anthony to make clear that our on-air talent must take seriously the responsibility that creative freedom requires of them.”
But unlike XM, Opie and Anthony at least issued an apology, wherein they maintained that they do “take very seriously the responsibility that comes with our creative freedom and regret any offense that this segment has caused” — a statement that’s a lot funnier than most of their puerile on-air bits and skits.