----- Original Message -----
From: Sing Lin, Ph.D.
Sent: Saturday, May 12, 2007 11:13 AM
Subject: FW: One more time, Asian American Group succeeded to stop Major Media (CBS in this case) in broadcasting Racism program
One more time, the Asian American group succeeded in stopping major media (CBS in this case) in broadcasting racism program as shown in the following message.
Hello Friends and Colleagues --
As expected, CBS Radio got back to me quite late today to notify me that "The Dog House with JV & Elvis" is cancelled and the DJs and the Producer will no longer
work for CBS.
The effort to get these DJ's off the air involved a nation-wide coalition of Asian American and civil rights organizations. Even though the bit aired on a NYC station, we
showed the station the NATIONAL outrage. By the time I got the news today from the station, most major advertisers had pulled their support. The pulling of ads was
significant, as it hit them in the wallets.
Some of you on this email are part of formal organizations and others are individuals who wanted to do something about this -- but the messages were the same:
That the Asian American community refuses to be denegrated on the airwaves and all programming that does so need to be cancelled.
The outcome of this incident does not end now. We are in talks with CBS to help them enforce their Diversity Policy and their sense of corporate responsibility. This
is not the first time the Asian American community has had issues with CBS Radio. We do hope this is the last.
Thank you everyone!
FYI -- Attached is the press statement sent out by OCA.
Vicki Shu Smolin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Vicki Shu Smolin, President, OCA-New York: 646-263-6044
Bill Imada, Past President, Asian American Advertisers Federation: 310-890-4871
Jeannette Wang, President, OCA-Westchester & Hudson Valley: 914-552-0078
Florence Chen, President, OCA-New Jersey: 201-755-3260
John Tandana, Executive Vice President, OCA-Long Island: 347-728-2612
CBS Radio Cancels “The Dog House with JV & Elvis;” DJ’s and Producer No Longer Working for CBS
May 11, 2007 – Today, the New York City metropolitan chapters of Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) were informed that neither “The Dog House with JV &
Elvis” and the DJ’s, Jeff Vandergrift (“JV) and Dan Lay (“Elvis”) will go back on the air. The DJ’s and their producer will no longer be working for CBS and its affiliates,
including WFNY 92.3FreeFM.
The actions taken by CBS Radio followed a nation-wide campaign by Asian American and civil rights organizations from across the country to not allow the DJ’s and
their program back on the air. Numerous advertisers, including The Anheuser-Busch Companies, pulled support for the show and/or the station during the weeks
leading up to today’s announcement. An on-line petition drive led by OCA National addressed to CBS Corporation CEO, Leslie Moonves, attracted over 10,000
signatures in just a week. In addition, a coalition of Asian American and civil rights organizations had a face to face meeting with executives of WFNY 92.3FreeFM,
CBS Radio and CBS Corporation.
“We are very pleased that CBS heard the concerns of the Asian American and civil rights,” said Vicki Shu Smolin, President, OCA-NY. We look forward to working
with CBS to ensure that racist and sexist programming like this does not get aired again.”
“The pulling of ads sent the signal to 92.3FreeFm and other radio stations that corporate America will not tolerate programming that demeans minority communities,”
says Bill Imada, former President of the Asian American Advertisers Federation. “In addition, radio stations must now recognize the buying power of the Asian
American community and think twice before allowing this type of programming to air.”
Adds Jeannette Wang, President, OCA-Westchester/Hudson Valley, “This is a victory not only for the Asian American community, but for all communities who find
themselves constant targets of racist and sexist programming. We look forward to not only working with CBS, but with all communities of color, women’s groups and
other civil liberty organizations to educate the public on why certain programming is hurtful.”
“We applaud CBS Radio for taking strong action,” continues Florence Chen, President, OCA-New Jersey. “It sends an important signal that jokes based on negative
stereotypes of minorities run counter to CBS’ Diversity policy and society’s family values.”
“This action by CBS Radio would not have happened without the efforts of a broad, nationwide coalition who said, ‘enough is enough!’” comments John Tandana,
Executive Vice President, OCA-Long Island. “We will not tolerate programming that denigrates our community.”
Discussions between CBS Radio and the Organization of Chinese Americans and other Asian American organizations and leaders will soon be under way to ensure
that CBS Corporate guidelines on diversity and corporate responsibility are followed at all levels.
Founded in 1973, OCA is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific
Americans. With a national headquarters in Washington DC and over 80 chapters and affiliates across the country, OCA embraces the hopes and aspirations of the
nearly 12 million Americans of Chinese and Asian/Pacific Islander ancestry in the United States.
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We, the undersigned, are outraged at the 92.3FreeFM airing of a prank call to a Chinese restaurant on the Doghouse with JV & Elvis. In this 6-minute segment
that aired twice in April, the caller began by telling the restaurant employee, "I would like some Asian food, son of a bitch." The caller then told the restaurant's
female employee, "Should I come to your restaurant so I can see you naked?" and continued, "That way, I can see your hot Asian spicy ass." As the caller
went on, he told yet another employee that he would like some "fried lice" but not "some old dung", mentioning the "egg roll" in his pants and indicating that "I
am training in Kung Fu, bitch", before ending with "Tell that hot Asian girl answering the telephone, I'd like to tap her ass." This segment is blatantly racist and
sexist. CBS discretion to air this segment is in total disregard of CBS public commitment to diversity. Moreover, to air it on the heels of Don Imus' racially and
sexually derogatory comments regarding the Rutgers women's basketball team and again after Don Imus was fired shows CBS has not learned its lesson. We
expect CBS to uphold its commitment to diversity - with policies and guidelines that reflect this commitment and are communicated regularly to employees
and producers. Periodic communications with community groups would demonstrate CBS' commitment to ensuring such incidents will not be repeated. Don
Imus was fired. Jeff Vandergrift and Dan Lay, the DJs involved in this prank call, must also be fired along with the producer of the Doghouse. A strong signal
must be sent that this type of programming will not be tolerated..........