Hot 97 Miss-Fires With Tsunami Joke

Hot 97 is eating crow over a song that aired last week mocking victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

The song, which infuriated at least one immigrant organization, was sung by some members of the cast of Miss Jones in the Morning. Set to the tune of "We Are the World," the song went like this:

    There was a time when the sun was shining bright So I went down to the beach to catch me a tan Then the next thing I knew, a wave twenty feet high Came and washed your country away
    And all at once you could hear the screaming chinks And no one was safe from the wave There were Africans drowning, little Chinamen swept away You could hear God laughing, "Swim, you bitches, swim!"
    So now you're screwed, it's the tsunami You better run or kiss your ass away, go find your mommy I just saw her float by, a tree went through her head and now your children will be sold to child slavery

After receiving complaints about the bit, Hot 97 posted a statement on its website that read:

    Hot 97 and Miss Jones in the Morning regret the airing of material that made light of a serious and tragic event. We apologize to our listeners and anyone who was offended.
    Hot 97 takes pride in its community involvement and in the last few weeks has joined with broadcasters nationwide to raise money for victims of the tsunami. Our relief effort will result in a substantial cash donation.
    As an additional sign of HOT 97's commitment to the cause, Miss Jones in the Morning, along with her entire staff, have agreed to contribute one week's pay to Tsunami Relief efforts.

A second statement emailed to reporters Monday said that Miss Jones and Hot 97's program manager, John Dimick, had made on-air apologies earlier in the day.

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As incendiary as the song itself was the exchange that preceded it on one of the days it played. As Miss Jones was introducing the song, the morning show's celebrity and gossip reporter, Miss Info, made clear she had not participated in creating the song. This infuriated Miss Jones.

"If you feel that way, why are you even on the show?" she asked, upset that Miss Info has on occasion made a point of being "separate" from the other hosts "Because you're a journalist."

Miss Info said she respected the others' rights to say what they want, but "for me personally, I can't deal with it that way. I can't make fun of it."

That didn't do for Miss Jones, who told Miss Info, "I know you probably feel that you are superior because you're an Asian."

Miss Info insisted Miss Jones had misunderstood her. Miss Jones did not dispute this.

"Misunderstanding? Of course I am," Miss Jones said. Or did she mean "Miss Understanding"?

Click here to hear the exchange and the song.


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