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NY Radio Station Sorry for Mocking Tsunami Victims

(WASHINGTON D.C., 1/25/05) – A New York radio station has issued an apology
for a song it aired that mocked victims of the recent tsunami in South Asia.

That song, played on HOT 97 FM, included lyrics like: “And all at once, You
could hear the screaming chinks, And no on was safe from the wave, There
are Africans drowning, Little Chinamen swept away, You could hear God
laughing, ‘Swim, you bi****es, swim.'”

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) contacted
the station on Friday after receiving a complaint about the song from a
concerned Muslim.

TO HEAR THE SONG, GO TO:
http://www.cair-net.org/audio/usa_for_indonesia_lo.ram

Friday’s apology by HOT 97 FM stated in part: “HOT 97 regrets the airing of
material that made light of a serious and tragic event. We apologize to our
listeners and anyone who was offended.”

TO READ THE RADIO STATION’S APOLOGY, GO TO:
http://www.hot97.com/airstaff/morningshowTsunami.aspx

“There is nothing funny about the massive death and destruction we all
witnessed so recently in South Asia,” said CAIR Communications Director
Ibrahim Hooper. “If this was an attempt at humor, it was poorly conceived
and badly executed.”

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 30 offices and
chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding
of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American
Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:
http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org;
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair-net.org

 

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