Friday, March 23, 2007
Listen up with a MultiCultClassics Monologue…
• A pair of New Jersey radio personalities known as “The Jersey Guys” sparked controversy with an on-air segment featuring anti-immigration sentiments. “Operation Rat a Rat/La Cucha Gotcha” is a listener-participation bit that encourages people to turn in suspects to immigration authorities. Hispanic leaders are not too happy. “Scapegoating and stereotyping Latinos does nothing but give bigoted individuals a platform to make ethnic slurs and racist comments,” said Assemblyman Wilfredo Caraballo of Newark. The radio hosts disagree. “If you’re here illegally, you are breaking the law — no better, no worse than the guy who robs the liquor store or the guy who waits to case your house out and robs you of your belongings,” said one announcer. “You are a criminal.” Is it possible to deport The Jersey Guys?
• The cop who carried Naomi Campbell’s bag on Tuesday (see Essay 1879) has apparently been reassigned to Brooklyn. At least he wasn’t shipped off to New Jersey.
• A judge issued an arrest warrant for Foxy Brown after the rapper was a no-show in court. Foxy’s latest troubles come from allegedly fighting with a Florida beauty shop owner. The Jersey Guys will probably introduce a segment that encourages listeners to turn in fugitive rappers.