Sunday, 7 June 2009

A Significant Update

I wrote a post about some shock-jocks' bigotry last week.

Well, it seems the story got picked up a few days afterwards by a number of organisations, and publicised.

Please have a look at this important update.

And another important development.. this is what their website shows now.
UPDATED JUNE 7TH, 2009, 11:50AM

TO OUR LOYAL ROB, ARNIE AND DAWN FOLLOWERS,

WE HAVE FAILED YOU. AS A SHOW, AS PEOPLE, AS BROADCASTERS, WE HAVE SIMPLY FAILED ON ALMOST EVERY LEVEL.

WE PRESENTED OUR OPINIONS ON A VERY SENSITIVE SUBJECT IN A HATEFUL, CHILDISH AND CRUDE FASHION; AND THEN, GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETRACT THOSE REMARKS, WE DEFENDED THEM.

SINCE THEN, YOU, OUR LOYAL LISTENERS, HAVE MADE IT CLEAR TO US THAT WE WENT TOO FAR. THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING. NONE OF YOU SAID THAT WE COULDN’T HAVE OPINIONS, YET SO MANY OF YOU SAID THAT THE WAY WE GAVE THEM CROSSED THE LINE. FURTHER, YOU SAID THAT OUR ATTEMPT TO MASK OUR COMMENTS AS “JOKES THAT WOULD BE UNDERSTOOD BY OUR AUDIENCE,” WAS UNACCEPTABLE. I WOULD SAY NOW THAT IT WAS WORSE THAN THAT, IT WAS COWARDLY. YOU HAVE MADE THAT CLEAR.

WE HAVE REACHED OUT TO VARIOUS GROUPS AND ASKED FOR A CHANCE TO MAKE THIS RIGHT; TO RESPOND, WITH THEIR PARTICIPATION, TO THE EDUCATION THAT OUR AUDIENCE HAS PROVIDED US. THAT OPPORTUNITY HAS BEEN GRACIOUSLY GRANTED THIS THURSDAY MORNING, JUNE 11TH. AT 7:30 A.M.

THE WORD APOLOGY APPEARS NO WHERE IN THIS LETTER FOR A REASON. WE ALREADY HID FROM DOING THE RIGHT THING ONCE AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO MAKE THAT MISTAKE AGAIN. APOLOGIZING IN A WRITTEN, POSTED STATEMENT IS A FORM OF COWARDICE. WE WILL SAY WHAT NEEDS TO BE SAID THIS THURSDAY.

ON A FINAL, PERSONAL NOTE, AS THE LEADER AND OWNER OF THE SHOW, I HAVE MADE THE DECISION THAT WE NEED TO REFRAIN FROM BROADCASTING NEW EPISODES UNTIL WE CAN ADDRESS THIS ON THURSDAY . WE WILL RETURN TO THE AIR AT 7:30 A.M. JUNE 11TH.

ROB WILLIAMS
ROB, ARNIE AND DAWN

Freedom of Speech is something I fervently believe in. But that does not mean that advertisers should be forced to pay for it. It does not mean freedom from criticism. It does not mean freedom from consequences.

Hopefully this announcement is sincere, and not merely a device to stop the pain in the hip-pocket nerve. But in any case, as they say in Latin, "Cuius testiculos habeas, habeas cardia et cerebellum."

4 comments:

Anonymous T-Girl said...

Credit never ends up where it is due.

Zoe Brain said...

I got the story from Karen Savage - she deserves what credit there is.

Not that it matters who does something essential, as long as it gets done.

I'm such a monster of arrogance and ego that as long as *I* know, I don't care too much who else does. This applies to both credit and blame. If I screw up, whether the world knows or just me, I still feel just as bad.

Anonymous T-Girl said...

My ego is offended that your ego thinks it's bigger...

The same probably applies to a lot of people, of course.

Laserlight said...

My ego isn't large, it's just heavily armored.