ADL Calls Anti-Asian Segment On New York's WFNY Radio "Offensive And Repugnant"
New York, NY, May 3, 2007 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has expressed dismay over a recent anti-Asian sketch aired on "The Dog House with JV & Elvis" on WFNY-FM in New York, where a prank caller to a Chinese restaurant engaged in lewd sexist language and racial slurs while mocking foreign accents and conjuring up ugly stereotypes about Asian Americans. The segment aired twice on WFNY in April.
"We concur with our partners in the Chinese American and Asian American community that the segment was not just in poor taste, but deeply offensive, hurtful and repugnant," said Joel J. Levy, ADL New York Regional Director.
"We had hoped that after the Imus debacle, radio shock jocks would think twice before engaging in sketches that make offensive or stereotypical jokes along ethnic, religious or racial lines. Judging from what transpired on the airwaves of WFNY, some radio personalities have still not gotten the message that such outrageous appeals to prejudice are inappropriate and hurtful to many people in the listening public."
CBS Radio, which owns WFNY, has suspended the two hosts of the morning program, Jeff Vandergrift and Dan Lay, without pay and "until further notice."
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.