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Monday, January 30, 2006

Adam Carolla Wreaks Racism Again

Racist CBS radio host Adam Carolla is at it again. It wasn't enough that two years ago, Carolla called Hawaiians "the world's dumbest people....They're retarded people. They stay on the island. They're in-bred, obviously. They're the dumbest people we have."

Now, Carolla is mouthing his racism against Asian Americans as well. Last week, he mocked the Asian Excellence Awards by featuring a "clip" from the ceremony in which the "Best Asian Male Actor in a TV Show" accepts his award by saying, "Ching-chong, ching-chong, ching-chong, ching-chong, ching-chong, ching-chong, etc." Mind you, the real awardee was "Lost"'s Daniel Dae Kim, who speaks English way better than he speaks Korean. Here's the actual audio clip.

According to Angry Asian Man, CBS Radio's VP of Communications Karen Mateo defended Carolla's racism by saying, "The segment was meant to be humorous and was not meant to offend anyone." Karen, honey, close your eyes and imagine if Carolla was just "being humourous" about African Americans by invoking the coon caricature. If that's not OK (and it's clearly not), then why is it OK to invoke the analogous caricature of the non-English speaking FOB Asian?

Angering, no? Well then, give these people an earful (thx Angry):

Adam Carolla: adam@adamcarolla.com
Dave Dameshek: dave@adamcarolla.com
Rachel Perry: rachel@adamcarolla.com
Ozzie Castillo: ozzie@adamcarolla.com

1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

Joel Hollander
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Radio

Dana L. McClintock
Senior Vice President, CBS Communications Group

And check out the letter from the Asian American Journalists Association and the press release from the Asian American Justice Center.

>> AAJC Demands that CBS Reprimands Radio Host for Mocking Asian Americans [Press Release 1/27/06]
>> Adam Carolla's Racist Audio Clip [1/24/06]
>> KPOI, listeners cry foul [Honolulu Advertiser, 12/23/03]

UPDATE: Carolla issues on-air apology on Feb 22, but it's too little too late. APA organizations and legislators are calling for a big L.A. meeting with CBS radio execs. (Click on previous links to AsianWeek articles for more info.)

AZN TV's "2006 Asian Excellence Awards"
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