Hot 97 Suspends Tsunami Singers
Despite Hot 97's apologies and cash pledges for the disaster relief effort, the furor over the now infamous "Tsunami Song" has swept Miss Jones's morning show off the air.
A statement posted on the station's website Wednesday reports that Miss Jones and her team "have been indefinitely suspended for the airing of a song that made light of a catastrophic event, as well as comments made at the time the song was aired."
The latter part of the statement might be a reference to a heated exchange one day last week between Miss Jones and Miss Info, who disagreed with airing the song, in which Jones said, "I know you probably feel that you are superior because you're an Asian."
Hot 97's statement on Tuesday went on to say, "While Miss Jones has apologized on the air, in the media and on the Hot 97 website, station management felt that stronger action was necessary to demonstrate the severity of the situation."
The statement also stressed that "no company advertising on our station had any connection to the Tsunami Song and no company advertising on our station endorsed or sponsored the offensive material aired on the 'Miss Jones in the Morning' show." At least one of the groups that protested the song, the Immigrant Solidarity Network, had called for complaints to the show's sponsors.
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