Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

May-16-07

XM Radio Gives One Month Suspension to Jocks for Rape Joke

XM Satellite Radio announced yesterday that Gregg "Opie" Hughes and Anthony Cumia, the hosts of "The Opie and Anthony Show," will be suspended for 30 days after making vulgar and graphic rape jokes during their morning show last week. While the hosts offered an apology after the incident, comments were made during a Tuesday show that "put into question whether [the hosts] appreciate the seriousness of the matter," XM Radio stated. The management of XM Radio then issued their decision to suspend the pair in order to "make clear that [their] on-air talent must take seriously the responsibility that creative freedom requires of them." funny pictures funny images funny photos funny animal pictures funny dog pictures funny cat pictures funny gifs

Last Tuesday, Hughes and Cumia welcomed a guest known as Homeless Charlie onto their show. The hosts encouraged Charlie as he made jokes about raping Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, First Lady Laura Bush, and Queen Elizabeth. Other recent comments have also drawn criticism. In early May, Jim Norton -- who is a frequent guest -- made a joke about raping a girl while whistling, an apparent reference to the film "A Clockwork Orange," though the connection was never made on air. According to the New York Times, two advertisers -- Trojan Condoms and the New York State Lottery -- have already withdrawn advertising with the show.

In a statement, National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy said, "I have one message for XM Radio bigwigs who rely heavily on pay-to-listen customers, and for shock jocks everywhere: 'Profiting from hate will cost you the business of thinking customers.'"

Hughes and Cumia's disgraceful suspension comes just over one month after Don Imus was suspended for sexist and racist comments about the Rutgers' women's basketball team. According to the AP, Hughes and Cumia expressed sympathy for Imus, saying that his career is "gone, just because he was trying to entertain people."

Media Resources: XM Satellite Radio 5/15/07; NOW release 5/14/07; New York Times 5/12/07; Detroit Free Press 5/16/07; AP 5/16/07


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

7/2/2015 President Obama Will Expand Overtime Pay to Millions of Americans - President Obama is proposing a plan this week to broaden overtime pay that is expected to affect millions of Americans in the working class, especially women. In an Op-Ed written for and published by the Huffington Post, President Obama summarized what he called a successful week for Americans. . . .
 
7/2/2015 National Portrait Gallery Honors Dolores Huerta - Feminist Majority Foundation board member and lifelong feminist activist Dolores Huerta was honored by the National Portrait Gallery last night as the first Latina person to have a featured exhibition at the museum. Huerta is an active defender of civil rights, farm workers' rights, women's rights, and immigrant rights, and has been for over five decades. . . .
 
7/1/2015 Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights - A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally. Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates. . . .