06 Mar '07 -07:59
Last week, Austin disc jockey Sammy Allred was suspended by KVET radio station in Austin for
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referring to Barack Obama as "clean" and as a "darky."
The blogosphere and the mainstream media picked up the story and on Saturday, March 3, Sammy was interviewed by
the Austin American-Statesman for his side of the story. Sammy said he was making fun of Joe Biden, the Delaware Senator and presidential hopeful who
referred to Barack as "clean" and "articulate" which set off a shitstorm that essentially sunk Biden's chances, as if he had any to begin with. Sammy went on to say he was a Barack supporter.
Meanwhile, KVET issued a lame ass apology - if you could call it an apology - and buried it deep at the bottom of the Sam & Bob column on their website.
On Tuesday, the Austin American-Statesman's humor columnist, John Kelso, said many Austinites will rejoice if Barack got Sammy fired and essentially called the 70 year old plus Sammy a grumpy old man -- hey, Kelso. Watch out! You're in pot/kettle territory when you say that.
It's been kind of amusing to see how this pissant controversy has played nationally. And it's made me wonder what Sam and Bob's traffic reporter T-Bone thinks of all this because T-Bone happens to be African-American.
So this week on KVET, Kinky Friedman is sitting in Sammy's chair and I'm sitting at home scratching my head because three weeks ago, I appeared on the Kenny Rahmeyer Show on KLBJ-AM, the local news talk station that carries Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, and made basically the same comment, minus the "darky" reference, describing Barack as "clean" and "articulate" as a dig at Biden. Kenny didn't call me on it, other than to clarify I was making fun of Joe Biden's comment, nor did any of the listeners. Instead, one called backed up my praise for Molly Ivins by pointing out she got the US debacle in Iraq exactly right in 2003 and had been consistent all the way to the present, unlike many flippers and floppers on both the left and the right.
I hope Sammy is back on the air soon. No matter what Kelso says, I think he's one of the funniest people in Austin, no matter who he's insulting. I also hope we can move on beyond taboo words and actually discuss issues that effect us all - even on KVET.