The Village Voice: Power Plays:Here we go again: Less than a year after pissing off much of the known world with the tasteless "Tsunami Song"—and nearly losing her job in the process—Hot 97 DJ Miss Jones stuck her foot in her mouth once more. Lashing out on December 21 at at New York City's striking Transit Workers Union, Jones proceeded to denounce the union members as undereducated, overpaid failures, then called its president, Trinidad-born Roger Toussaint, a "dumb coconut who probably don't have a green card."

The slurs might have remained relatively obscure, but for Playthell Benjamin's December 23 opinion piece in the Daily News, in which he called her comments "a performance that could well aggravate the already troubled relations between the African-American and Caribbean communities."Technorati tags: , , ,


The funny thing is I could have sworn while overhearing my sister listening to the station ( I don't listen to commercialized hip hop ) that I heard the remarks on the day mentioned above. When I asked my sister what was just said, she told me that they were not attacking the union but just poking fun at them. Remembering the outrageous and hate filled "tsunami song" from last year I was ready to be outraged once again. Looks like I was right and there is a reason to be angry again. Hot 97 is a failure to the hip-hop community. It is a failure to the minority community it is said to represent as well. Besides the fact that it represents the commercialization of hip-hop it does little to benefit minorities and the hip-hop community in a positive way. ( WBAI 99.5 FM is the true model of what a community radio station should be ).

After the fallout of the "tsunami song" and now this occurence it is time that management put their feet down.

The uproar caused by her comments has paled in comparison to the furor over the "Tsunami Song," in which she sang about "screaming chinks" running from the killer waves, but City Councilmember Yvette D. Clarke issued a harsh response Wednesday, demanding not only an apology to the entire Caribbean community, but that Hot 97 fire Jones once and for all. Clarke, a Jamaican American who represents parts of Crown Heights and Flatbush, two communities with large Caribbean populations, called the comments a "distasteful display of self-hatred and bigotry" and referred to Jones's "long history of foot-in-mouth disease" and "unique talent for spewing garbage."

Says Clarke: "It is my intention to bring this issue to my colleagues in the City Council and introduce a resolution calling for the permanent removal of the Miss Jones in The Morning show and the economic boycott of Hot 97 and its advertisers."


I totally agree with the concilwoman Hot 97 is cleary setting the wrong example for it's listeners. Gone are the days of Ed Lover, Dr. Dre, and Lisa G ( I could even listen to Wendy Williams LOL). Instead we have to deal with hate-mongers like Star & Buckwild ( they are still with WQHT right?), and Miss Jones. The sad thing is, I grew up listening to the station when I lived in the Bronx until I was 18 ( i'm only 26 now lol ). Then hip-hop got all commercialized and I went to undergound hip-hop ( now i'm just into alt rock lol ). I can even remember when the station played freestyle in the eighties LOL ( Pajama Party "yo no se", anyone?). But the station is in a sad state right now.

This was a comment left on the Power Play blog :

It was incredible to hear the anti-union rants that came from both hot 97 and the star buckwild show during the strike, both stations which purportedly serve and are listened to by a majority of black and latino (think "urban") listeners, while ironically the the TWU is made up of mostly black and latino employees. Maybe the TWU may consider boycotting the 97 and the Star & Buckwild shows? This is just an opinion.
I agree.