My fiance was listening to New Jersey 101.5 and heard one of the hosts reciting some old internet joke that predicted the future with some of the following statements (I’m not certain that every one of these was recited on air, but I do know that the reference to “Mexifornia” was recited. However, this is the list that is widely available as a group on the internet under the headline “In The Year 2029” and other titles.):
Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh largest country in the world,
Mexifornia, formerly known as California White minorities still trying to have English recognized as Mexifornia’s third language.
Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern United States crops and livestock.
Baby conceived naturally! Scientists stumped.
Couple petitions court to reinstate heterosexual marriage.
Iran still closed off; physicists estimate it will take at least 10 more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels.
France pleads for global help after being taken over by Jamaica. No other country comes forward to help the beleaguered nation!
Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.
Global cooling blamed for citrus crop failure for third consecutive year in Mexifornia and Florexico.
Senate still blocking drilling in ANWR even though gas is selling for 4532 Pesos per liter and gas stations are only open on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Massachusetts executes last remaining conservative.
Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil rights.
Florexico voters still having trouble with voting machines.
As you can see these ridiculous “jokes” are meant to stir up a fear that “liberals” will ruin the Earth and that all attempts to save the planet (i.e. electric cars) will actually lead to its destruction. We see references to pesos being official U.S. currency and intimations that Spanish will be the official language of the U.S.
Personally I find this list in bad taste while being both hateful and ridiculous. I believe this list is meant to mock the ideals of those trying to save the world or bring about a compassionate world by showing how they’ll actually destroy it; however, it’s main purpose is to make those that do not want to participate in helping the world feel better about themselves. If you don’t like migrants coming into the country, don’t worry because they’re here to take over and it’s ok to dislike anyone trying to take over. (Even France has been taken over by minorities in this scenario.) If you don’t want to drive a sissy electric car, don’t worry because electric cars will prove to be worse on the environment then gasoline engines.
So why does a popular New Jersey radio station pander to such illogic? Do its listeners feel this way or do they just not complain?
A while back I had written that I heard Big Joe Henry from New Jersey 101.5 make a remark that Disney Land would rename Tomorrow Land Mexico City. At that time I didn’t realize that this station had been known for these type of anti-Hispanic comments.
Apparently last year they held a campaign called “La Cucha Gotcha” encouraging their listeners to find and report illegal aliens. From Wikipedia:
Hispanic political leaders are currently (March 2007) protesting the station’s campaign to incite listeners to find and turn in illegal immigrants. They claim the campaign, called “La Cucha Gotcha,” which ends on Cinco de Mayo (May 5) a Mexican holiday – is anti-Hispanic. The station claims it is not anti-Hispanic, but anti-illegal alien, although Mexican music is played during the spots, and despite the coordination with the celebrated date.
There are more instances in this article of the ‘Jersey Guys’ making inappropriate racist and prejudiced comments:
An Immigrant Segment by Radio’s ‘Jersey Guys’ Draws Fire – NY Times
By ANDREW JACOBS
Published: March 23, 2007
NEWARK, March 22 — Craig Carton and Ray Rossi think mental illness is hilarious and Asian-Americans are best mocked with sing-song Chinese accents. The men, hosts of an afternoon radio show called “The Jersey Guys” that is heard here on WKXW (101.5 FM), favor adjectives for politicians that have to be bleeped out.
From this article Carton states:
After calling Assemblyman Caraballo a “pathetic liar,” Mr. Carton repeated his call to deport every illegal immigrant in the country. “If you’re here illegally, you are breaking the law — no better, no worse than the guy who robs the liquor store or the guy who waits to case your house out and robs you of your belongings,” he said. “You are a criminal.”
Likening a person in this country without permission to someone robbing a liquor store or casing your house is simply propaganda. For anyone to be doing this is atrocious and deplorable. It’s no different than their claim that this was not an anti-Hispanic campaign. If these two radio hosts don’t understand that matching an anti-illegal immigrant campaign with a Mexican song and a Mexican holiday when many undocumented migrants are from Mexico is not anti-Mexican then they have some serious issues with logic.
Obviously these hosts have confused simple hatred with comedy. It’s a cheap laugh, for some, to pick on a person that is already receiving so much hostility. This is very similar to black jokes which were all too common in our past and are still told today. There’s no place for this type of hateful humor. What good does it bring? These hosts and others feel that since they are speaking about people that are here without permission that it’s ok to be racist and prejudiced.
Personally I feel that if you can’t make somebody laugh without putting someone down then you’re truly no comedian at all.