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Dr. Laura Apologizes for Shocking, N-Word Filled Radio Rant
« on: August 12, 2010, 09:26:26 pm »
from GAWKER:

Dr. Laura Apologizes for Shocking, N-Word Filled Radio Rant

Yesterday, Dr. Laura Schlessenger shocked her radio show audience when she argued with a black woman about racism and—among other things—said the word "nigger" six times. Today, Schlessenger apologized for her incredibly offensive rant. Audio and transcripts, inside.

Here's audio of Schlessenger's original rant, which happened during a discussion with a black female caller who thought her white husband's friends were racist (the most shocking moment of which included Schlessenger saying angrily, "Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO and listen to a black comic, and all you hear is nigger, nigger, nigger. I don't get it. If anybody without enough melanin says it, it's a horrible thing. But when black people say it, it's affectionate."



Following a commercial break, Schlessenger resumed her conversation with the woman, who was upset at the host's choice of words. Here's audio of the exchange; a partial transcript will follow:



Partial transcript, via HuffPo:

CALLER: Is it OK to say that word? Is it ever OK to say that word?
DR. LAURA: It depends how it's said. Black guys talking to each other seem to think it's ok.
CALLER: But you're not black, they're not black, my husband is white.
DR. LAURA: Oh, I see, so a word is restricted to race. Got it. Can't do much about that.
CALLER: I can't believe someone like you is on the radio spewing out the n-word, and I hope everybody heard it.
DR. LAURA: I didn't spew out the n-word!
CALLER: You said "nigger, nigger, nigger," and I hope everybody heard it.
DR. LAURA: Yes they did, and I'll say it again: nigger, nigger, nigger is what you hear on HBO.
[Crosstalk]
DR. LAURA: Why don't you let me finish a sentence? Don't take things out of context. Don't NAACP me, leave them in context.

What a peach, that Dr. Laura! Oh, also... after her conversation with the caller ended, Schlessenger added this gem: ""If you're that hypersensitive about color and don't have a sense of humor, don't marry outside of your race."

Cut to today: Schlessenger takes to her show to issue an apology for her outburst. Again via HuffPo, here's what she had to say:

"Yesterday, I did the wrong thing," she said. "I didn't intend to hurt people, but I did. And that makes it the wrong thing to have done. I was attempting to make a philosophical point, and I articulated the "n" word all the way out - more than one time. And that was wrong. I'll say it again - that was wrong."

Schlessinger said she "was so upset [she] could not finish the show."

"I pulled myself off the air at the end of the hour," she said. "I had to finish the hour, because 20 minutes of dead air doesn't work. I am very sorry. And it just won't happen again."

Too little too late?

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Re: Dr. Laura Apologizes for Shocking, N-Word Filled Radio Rant
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2010, 06:41:01 am »
Honestly, I'm sick of the apologies and the apologists.  We know what you are, you know what you are.  Say what you said and keep spoon feeding the kooks that listen to you.  The only reason any of these folks apologize is because they see dollars leaving their pockets.  Say I'm sorry, then all is well.  Even if she gets the boot, she'll turn up somewhere else like a bad penny after she goes on the apology world tour.

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Re: Dr. Laura Apologizes for Shocking, N-Word Filled Radio Rant
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2010, 07:01:52 am »
I didn't know she was still on the radio.. is she still on TV too, somewhere?   ::)
I guess she, Mel Gibson and Michael Richards can take their act on the road..   ;)
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Re: Dr. Laura Apologizes for Shocking, N-Word Filled Radio Rant
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2010, 03:22:46 pm »
She immediately accused the caller of "hypersensitivity" before she even heard her complaint. She then bent the discussion in order to launch into her n-word tirade. She said it eleven times! 11! It's almost like she'd been waiting all her life to say it and got carried away. I doubt that though, because she used the word with such confidence and familiarity it has to be a mainstay of her vocabulary. I say we all go over to her house and kick her ass.

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Re: Dr. Laura Apologizes for Shocking, N-Word Filled Radio Rant
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2010, 04:12:27 pm »
from GAWKER:

"If anybody without enough melanin says it, it's a horrible thing. But when black people say it, it's affectionate."


This is a terribad argument in favor of white people calling black people niggers. Listen, it's absolutely legal for white people to call black people niggers so the only thing to argue against is the public backlash from using it. They feel they should be able to say it without proper context and not get any negative reactions.

Please Dr. Laura, define a nigger to me from your perspective. I have a hunch it's not going to be your homeboy.
« Last Edit: August 14, 2010, 04:43:39 pm by Toya »
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Re: Dr. Laura Apologizes for Shocking, N-Word Filled Radio Rant
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2010, 04:50:32 pm »
BOYCOTTS DON'T WORK!! "HOW TO MAKE DR. LAURA SUFFER CONSEQUENCES"

by Ali LeRoi on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 7:23am

If Janet Jackson's nipple can get an FCC fine of $500,000 against CBS for broadcasting it on the Superbowl, DR. Laura & her radio stations will get a 5 to 10 million dollar fine once you factor in she is syndic...ated all over the country on over 100 stations. Boycotts don't work! Repeat after me, boycotts don't work. The FCC will fine everybody involved including Dr. Laura and go as far as yanking broadcasting licenses. These are the public airwaves she used to create a racist hate filled tirade.

 

Here is where you come into this ACTION!

 

The FCC acts on consumer complaints... the more people who file a complaint the more the agency will push the matter. First, check this link where & when the Dr. Laura program is on the air in your town.

http://www.drlaura.com/radio/affiliate.htmlExample: Los Angeles KFWB-AM 980 12-3p

Then, go to this link:http://esupport.fcc.gov/complaints.htm

 

* Broadcasting threatening or intimidating statements about an individual or group or based on the information you provided, you need to file FCC Form 475B - Obscene, Profane, and/or Indecent Broadcast Complaints. Please choose a convenient method to file your complaint. We highly recommend using our online form. This will ensure that all required information is received.

PHONE: Our Consumer & Mediation Specialists are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET to answer your questions and assist you in filing a complaint. Call toll-free at 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) voice or 1-888-TELL- FCC (1-888-835-5322) TTY.

Federal Communications CommissionConsumer & Governmental Affairs BureauConsumer Complaints445 12th Street, SWWashington, D.C. 20554

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Re: Dr. Laura Apologizes for Shocking, N-Word Filled Radio Rant
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2010, 05:13:32 pm »
Leave the FCC out of it.  Once the FCC gets the ball rolling, they get insane and go over board.  And they must have better things to do than to make an example out of someone.

Dr. Laura showed that she is an idiot.  The best way to show your displeasure is to just turn the channel.  The same way you just shouldn't go to Mel Gibson movies.

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Re: Dr. Laura Apologizes for Shocking, N-Word Filled Radio Rant
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2010, 01:45:02 am »
lol.

I'm surprised that idiot is still on the air. I haven't thought about her in years.
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Re: Dr. Laura Apologizes for Shocking, N-Word Filled Radio Rant
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2010, 01:55:52 am »
Leave the FCC out of it.  Once the FCC gets the ball rolling, they get insane and go over board.  And they must have better things to do than to make an example out of someone.

Dr. Laura showed that she is an idiot.  The best way to show your displeasure is to just turn the channel.  The same way you just shouldn't go to Mel Gibson movies.
Overboard...like fine her exessively, like they did with the Janet Jackson Superbowl business? They don't seem to have anything better to do, so why not actually have them fine the indecent speech of someone who is truly offensive? 

There's too much greasy, racist and dangerous talk going on about our President and about black folks in general.  There's a lack of civil discourse as what should be an exchange of ideas has turned into verbal WWE.  I don't care if you disagree with me, but if there is such a thing as "hate speech" she practices it.

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Re: Dr. Laura Apologizes for Shocking, N-Word Filled Radio Rant
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2010, 06:40:36 am »
Honestly, I'm sick of the apologies and the apologists.  We know what you are, you know what you are.  Say what you said and keep spoon feeding the kooks that listen to you.  The only reason any of these folks apologize is because they see dollars leaving their pockets.  Say I'm sorry, then all is well.  Even if she gets the boot, she'll turn up somewhere else like a bad penny after she goes on the apology world tour.








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Re: Dr. Laura Apologizes for Shocking, N-Word Filled Radio Rant
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2010, 06:46:44 am »
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There's too much greasy, racist and dangerous talk going on about our President and about black folks in general.  There's a lack of civil discourse as what should be an exchange of ideas has turned into verbal WWE.  I don't care if you disagree with me, but if there is such a thing as "hate speech" she practices it.





Wayyyy-y-y too much dirty, greasy racist and dangerous talk on the radio.   *COUGH*FOX RADIO*COUGH*
The kind of talk that eats your soul inside and out with unreasonable, childish resentment.    Just a daily dose of pure hatin' !

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Re: Dr. Laura Apologizes for Shocking, N-Word Filled Radio Rant
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2010, 08:16:19 am »
from GAWKER:

"If anybody without enough melanin says it, it's a horrible thing. But when black people say it, it's affectionate."


This is a terribad argument in favor of white people calling black people niggers. Listen, it's absolutely legal for white people to call black people niggers so the only thing to argue against is the public backlash from using it. They feel they should be able to say it without proper context and not get any negative reactions.

Please Dr. Laura, define a nigger to me from your perspective. I have a hunch it's not going to be your homeboy.

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Re: Dr. Laura Apologizes for Shocking, N-Word Filled Radio Rant
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2010, 08:55:43 pm »
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After scrubbing her show's website of the foul rant that prompted outrage -- and lives on in audio and transcript form on Media Matters for America -- Laura Schlessinger apologized. "I articulated the N-word all the way out -- more than one time," she said. "And that was wrong."

Show's over; time to move on? I don't think so.

Professional to professional, Dr. Laura, let Dr. Mary explain why, as offensive as it was, saying the N-word is the least of your problems.

A young black woman calls into your show to get some actual advice about a specific problem: her white husband's family and friends insult her using racist terms and epithets. "My husband ignores those comments, and it hurts my feelings," the caller says.

So, of course, Dr. Laura, you start talking about -- President Barack Obama.

"Without giving much thought, a lot of blacks voted for Obama simply 'cause he was half-black," she said. "Didn't matter what he was gonna do in office, it was a black thing. You gotta know that."

Not only do you ignore the caller and change the subject to get to something that's obviously on your mind and in your heart, Dr. Laura, but you also insist you know the motivation of millions of black voters.

It's not the first time I've heard this ridiculous canard that black people voted for the president based simply on skin color. It assumes that only voters who aren't African-American use logic, reasoning and rational thought before reaching a conclusion. Maybe, just maybe, most African-American voters preferred the policies in the Democratic Party's platform. Did they vote overwhelmingly for Bill Clinton because they liked his smile? Did Al Gore -- another popular candidate with black voters -- wave shiny beads before their faces to mesmerize them? And, of course, Dr. Laura fails to mention that others might have voted against Obama for the same reason.

"We've got a black man as president, and we have more complaining about racism than ever. I mean, I think that's hilarious."

Yes, Dr. Laura. A black man is in the White House, so black folks should just stop complaining when people call them names, ridicule them and discriminate against them. Like you, I just can't stop laughing.

Once you get that out of your system, you return to the young woman, who asks what you, as an advice maven, think about the N-word.

"Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO, listen to a black comic, and all you hear is..." And you don't stop there, Dr. Laura. As everyone knows by now, you then launch into an N-word litany, using the word often, leisurely, lovingly, without hesitation. Judging how trippingly it rolls off your tongue, I don't think it's the first time you've said it. Most people I know of every race can't say the word out loud -- it sticks in their throats. You, on the other hand, take a commercial break, come back and say it some more.

You don't seem to understand why people are shocked and disgusted by your behavior. Perhaps it's time for a history lesson.

This is the word that people with ropes used as they lynched men and women for an afternoon's entertainment. This is the word craven politicians shouted to stoke racial fear. This word has been used as background music to terror, which someone of your age and education must know.

Yet, you, Dr. Laura, are upset that this is one word that you cannot utter. For more reasons why, I recommend you listen to the anti-racist writer and activist Tim Wise, who says in response to that very question that "as a white person I will not bear the consequences of whatever decision black folks make about when, if and how to use the word."

"The history of that word in the mouths of white people is not a mixed history." Wise asks, is there a double standard, before answering yes. "History has been a double standard," he says, so you better get over it.

Most black people I know hate the word and never use it. The NAACP, which you managed to turn into a derogatory verb during your rant (nice trick, that) symbolically buried the N-word several years ago, so corrosive is its power. The late, great Richard Pryor, an early practitioner in his comedy routines, stopped using it after a trip to Africa. "To this day I wish I'd never said the word," he said. "I felt its lameness. It was misunderstood by people. They didn't get what I was talking about. Neither did I. . . . So I vowed never to say it again."

In the face of all this evidence, I wonder, Dr. Laura, how you've come to the conclusion that comedians on R-rated cable television shows set the tone for polite interaction between the races. How many doctors and lawyers -- of any color -- grocery clerks, teachers and nurses have you heard using the words you just used on the radio? Just who are you hanging out with? On second thought, Dr. Laura, I don't think I want to know.

By this time, the young woman who called you must be pretty sorry she turned to Dr. Laura for advice. (Remind me never to come to you when I have a problem.)

When you get back to her and her specific issue of dealing with her husband's white friends and family members' use of racial insults in her presence, your solution is -- to make it her fault.

"You know what? If you're that hypersensitive about color and don't have a sense of humor, don't marry out of your race. If you're going to marry out of your race, people are going to say, 'OK, what do blacks think? What do whites think? What do Jews think? What do Catholics think?'"

Now Dr. Laura, I am an African-American woman married to an American of Norwegian, English and Irish descent. When our large and diverse families get together on, for example, Thanksgiving, we eat turkey, watch football and tell jokes, though never the ones that ridicule or single out blacks, whites, Italians, Jews, Catholics, Poles, homosexuals or any other group. And you know what, Dr. Laura? We have a lot of fun.

But then, that's just us.

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Re: Dr. Laura Apologizes for Shocking, N-Word Filled Radio Rant
« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2010, 10:28:02 am »
Leave the FCC out of it.  Once the FCC gets the ball rolling, they get insane and go over board.  And they must have better things to do than to make an example out of someone.

Dr. Laura showed that she is an idiot.  The best way to show your displeasure is to just turn the channel.  The same way you just shouldn't go to Mel Gibson movies.
Overboard...like fine her excessively, like they did with the Janet Jackson Superbowl business? They don't seem to have anything better to do, so why not actually have them fine the indecent speech of someone who is truly offensive? 

There's too much greasy, racist and dangerous talk going on about our President and about black folks in general.  There's a lack of civil discourse as what should be an exchange of ideas has turned into verbal WWE.  I don't care if you disagree with me, but if there is such a thing as "hate speech" she practices it.

Exactly! I'm with you man! But I still say we go kick her ass! lol

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Re: Dr. Laura Apologizes for Shocking, N-Word Filled Radio Rant
« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2010, 11:38:50 am »
from GAWKER:

"If anybody without enough melanin says it, it's a horrible thing. But when black people say it, it's affectionate."


This is a terribad argument in favor of white people calling black people niggers. Listen, it's absolutely legal for white people to call black people niggers so the only thing to argue against is the public backlash from using it. They feel they should be able to say it without proper context and not get any negative reactions.

Please Dr. Laura, define a nigger to me from your perspective. I have a hunch it's not going to be your homeboy.

Wow.

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