Boston radio host Jay Severin has been placed on indefinite leave because some people in Boston's Mexican community were offended by his remarks on Mexican culture in the light of the recent swine flu crisis. Why does Boston have a Mexican community? I thought it was in New England.
‘Hateful’ tone keeps Jay Severin on WTKK sidelines By Jessica Heslam Friday, May 1, 2009
Conservative WTKK radio host Jay Severin won’t be on the air again today as his indefinite suspension for making offensive on-air remarks about illegal Mexican immigrants and the swine flu remained in effect.
Sources within Greater Media, owner of WTKK-FM (96.9), said yesterday’s suspension was the culmination of dissatisfaction with the “hateful” tone Severin’s show has taken. WTKK received complaints about Severin’s remarks all week, the sources said.
Greater Media spokeswoman Heidi Raphael confirmed Severin’s suspension but did not disclose the reason for it.
During Monday’s show, when talking about the swine flu, Severin called Mexicans crossing the Arizona border “criminaliens,” said hospital emergency rooms had become “condos for Mexicans,” and called the virus a “swine-aka-Janet Napolitano flu,” according to WTKK’s online recording.
Severin also called Mexican immigrants the “lowest of primitives,” called one of Mexico’s biggest “exports” “women with mustaches and VD,” said Mexicans don’t practice hygiene, called Mexicans “leeches” and said their kids aren’t vaccinated, don’t speak English and “retard” U.S. Schools.[More]
Some of the impetus for the suspension seems to come from the Hispanic New York Paper El Diario De La Prensa, which did a piece called Swine Pundits. [April 30, 2009]
So here's what's on the ransom note:
But ransom note quotes aside, the purpose of a right-wing “shock jock ” is to shock people. Why is management complaining?