Saturday, May 12, 2007

thank you, opie and anthony, for the teachable moment

Some of you may have heard of Opie and Anthony. They are a couple of the more "outrageous" shock jocks on the radio today. Their show is broadcast, unedited, on XM Satellite, and an edited version is broadcast on CBS Radio. I've listened to them a couple of times and, as far as I can tell, they don't have any real talent, but they do have a real fascination with the F-word.

Last Wednesday, Opie and Anthony directed their "F-Bomb Attack" at Condoleezza Rice and Laura Bush. will take you to the full audio link to their comments. Be forewarned that the audio contains horrible profanity and sexual content. For those of you who don't wish to listen (and I don't blame you) I will summarize the exchange: Opie and Anthony talked graphically about raping Condoleezza Rice and Laura Bush. Their intent was to be "funny." Do you think that's funny?

I listened to the audio, and a few questions found their way into my wooden conservative head.

1. Is it worse for Don Imus to call a girl's basketball team a bunch of "nappy-headed ho's" than it is to say, on the radio, that you want to violently rape the Secretary of State and the First Lady?
2. Where are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? Two rich white men publically stated that they want to beat and rape a black woman. Is that not hate speech? Why aren't the Race Pimps holding press conferences? Why is CBS not being threatened with litigation if they don't fire Opie and Anthony?
3. Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have never said anything that hateful, yet liberals want them off the air. At the same time, liberals are supporting Opie and Anthony. Why are liberals so dishonest, and so hypocritical?
4. Why weren't Opie and Anthony immediately fired? I guess it's OK to joke about beating and raping a black woman, so long as that black woman is a conservative! You liberals make me sick!


Anonymous TheBloggersTaint said...

"Their intent was to be "funny." Do you think that's funny?"

Yes. Yes I do!

1:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow there are so many missing facts in your blog that I don't even know where to start.

First off it was a homeless black man that made the comments NOT Opie or Anthony.

Second it was on XM (a pay service) on an XL (mature rated) channel with channel blocking options available.

And it is a comedy show, a farce, a fantasy, fiction, etc. It is not reality.

And one other thing.. They are not fired or even suspended and it has NOTHING to do with politics. Anthony is actually a republican and voted for bush the past two elections.

Please post this comment so some of the truths can come out.

1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok to say whatever you want but next times please get YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT before you BLOG!!!! I'm a conservative and can't stand you people talking about sometime and not knowing ALL the facts.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

O and A are not liberals, and few liberals are standing up and supporting O and A. On the contrary people like Shepard Smith and Sean Hannity have stepped up and given them a fair criticism. Sorry to ruin your view of the world as liberal v. conservative, but that is not true.

This was never intended for your blessed ears, this was a subscription based service that you have no vested interest in at all.

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Shari said...

You are totally out of context. Neither Opie or Anthony said anything about rape. In fact the comment was made by A HOMELESS BLACK MAN! He said he wanted to have sex with them, rape was not said. Quit trying to push your personal agenda to step in the face of free speech. This was on a paid service. I pay for XM because I want unedited content and tools like you need to stay out of it.

3:44 PM  
Blogger hondo said...

Well, I certainly ruffled a lot of liberal feathers, didn't I? Who knew that the same liberals who are always criticizing "hate speech" are such big Opie and Anthony fans? I'll address each of your comments individually.

Thebloggersaint says that Opie and Anthony are funny. To each his own, I guess. I will say this--if you think that Opie and Anthony are funny, then you forfeit your right to talk about hate speech.

The 1st Anonymous says that it was a homeless black man who made the comments, so Opie and Anthony are not responsible. Anonymous, that is an ignorant statement. Opie and Anthony have absolute control over all content on their show. Listen to the tape, and you will hear them chiming in with the pseudo "homeless black man" on this very hateful topic. That makes them responsible.

You also say that since the remarks were made on a pay service, there's nothing wrong with the comments. That is absurd! The venue in which the comments were made has no effect on the hatefulness of the comments. If the remarks had been directed at a liberal Democrat instead of a conservative Republican, we wouldn't even be having this conversation. O and A would have been fired the same day. By the way, I don't care who they voted for. It has nothing to do with the hatefulness of talking about raping a woman.

To the 2nd Anonymous--You said, "I'm a conservative and can't stand you people talking about sometime and not knowing ALL the facts." Well, I say you are a liar. You are not a conservative. real conservatives don't say silly stuff like that. Real conservatives are also better with spelling and sentence structure.

Eric--Your comments are irrelevent. Please address the question of why it's OK for O and A to engage in racist hate speech, but it's not OK for Imus.

Shari says, "He said he wanted to have sex with them, rape was not said." Wow! So much dishonesty and so much ignorance in such a short sentence! They said that they wanted to hold Condi Rice down and punch her in the face and f___ the b___, and they laughed about the horrified look she would have on her face while it was happening. And you say that's not rape? That's just sex? Honey, I don't know where you come from, but in my hometown, that's called rape. Ladies and gentlemen, I don't think that there is any clearer illustration of just how sick and twisted the liberal mind is. Case closed!

8:28 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

It's hard to exactly O and A's speech. Is it really racist hate speech? The only element of race is Condi Rice's skin color nothing else. Hate speech has yet to be clearly defined other than clear slurs. When Imus said "nappy headed ho", it was a perceived slur, whether you or I believe it was. People immediately branded him a racist. It clearly shows we enjoy the race baiting angle in this country. I'd almost agree with you people should be more outraged at what O and A said, but they aren't because it doesn't have that slur or perceived slur. Plus, you have to give some weight to the difference between a public v. subscription based radio service. I was born in Lincoln, Nebraska do you really think im a liberal. Ha, come on.

12:10 AM  
Blogger steve c said...

what is truly sad is that you can not comprehend how someone can be very tough on crime, loathe child molestors, rapists, muggers, etc, while still being able to make jokes about it.

the two are not mutually exclusive. many people find humor in the things that they also find reprehensible. its not opie and anthonys's fault, that you are not one of those people.

but the nerve of you to decide that the rest of us should not be allowed to find that entertaining. its not your decision to make for us.

12:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you this dense? do you honestly think this has ANYTHING to do with politics?

you radicals are all the same, liberal and conservative. This country is in shambles right now because of people like you

1:14 AM  
Anonymous Steve Carr said...

That, that's terrible...I'm sorry, things like this just make me bristle....


1:19 AM  

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