Sunday, April 16, 2006

Give Me Tom Joyner Any Day!

The Star and Buckwild Morning Radio Show has got to go. If you don't know, the morning show is syndicated in states including New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Georgia, and Texas (if I am missing some states, please add them). I originally stopped listening to their show after what they did the morning after Aaliyah tragically died. I admit that their antics are sometimes both funny and intelligent. Basically, they are so controvertial that it's hard not to listen.

However, they go too far. They consistently tell sexist, racist and homophobic jokes, which are neither necessary or appropriate. Recently Star, the ringleader of a morning crew that includes characters named “White Trash Helene” and “Chris the Queer”, disrespected slain rapper Proof by demanding that people only refer to him as Eminem’s hype man. He then continued to make jokes about the rapper and his career. Star, I guess being bored with this story, went on to say that Banco Popular is the fastest growing bank because Latino women come to work in the morning, get pregnant by noon, and have babies by evening. Jokes like these are commonplace on this morning show.

I have heard people excuse their antics by saying that while they are offensive, The Star and Buckwild Show provokes deep thought about releavant issues. Well, that may be true. However, the bad far outwieghs the good when discussung this show. I am not a conservative person, but their complete disreguard for decency makes it very difficult to listen long enough to hear anything intelligent.

How can I look down at Rush Limbaugh for his antics and support these fools? Any intelligence they bring is completely dwarfed by their offensive and inflammatory remarks. If you're embarrassed by what passes as rap music, these guys have to embarress you as well.

7 comments:

Brother Lightness said...

As I wrote on Prof. Hill's blog:

I’m a huge fan of Star and Bucwild. As incredibly offensive and inflammatory as the morning show is, it provokes more regular deep thought on relevant matters than any other hip-hop based morning show in recent memory. Perfect it is not, but I’ll take it over everything else that is offered on FM morning radio (maybe it’s time for me to subscribe to satellite??).

Check this link from the good folks over at blackelectorate.com:

http://www.blackelectorate.com/print_article.asp?ID=1280

Brother Afrocan said...

Never been a Star and Buc fan, but when I was staying in NYC over the summer, I was a regular Miss Jones in the morning listener on Hot 97. I have to admit some of the stuff was Jerry Springer-like the 'superhead' interview comes to mind, or when Jacki-O was on talking about how she beat down Foxy with her gucci loafers. Lets not forget when Miss Jones made fun of the Tsunami victims calling them 'Ch!nks that need to learn to swim'.

Why did I listen to it? I found alot of it funny. Some pieces like 'crazy white people's news' or 'the people in your neighborhood' often cracked me up. I wont say it provoked any deep thought or anything, it merely humorous. I must admit I am mixed on this, alot of humor I enjoy (Chapelle, Rock, etc..) can be viewed as offensive from some perspective and does often cross the line of what is or isn't acceptable. Hypocricy? I guess so, because I will be the first to get indignant when the line crossed somehow offends me.

Brother Spotless said...
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Brother Spotless said...

My biggest problem with these guys isn't the simple fact that they are offensive. My problem is the pass it seems we are giving them because they are black; if they were white, we'd call for their heads. Am I supposed to support the show because they are black? Not I, says the Spotless One.

It seems to me that there isn't much thought that goes into the show. They simply do what gets attention: someone with an offensive nickname making offensive remarks. That's not intelligent. That is just lazy comedy. Sorry, but whatever deep thought is provoked by calling black women "Niggerbitches" is lost on me.

I have to ask the question: do radio personalities have to act the way S&B does in order for black people to relate? If so, that is simply sad...

Brother Lightness said...

To quote the good folks from Black Electorate:

"While it is easy to be scared away after a first listening to the morning host and his on-air “staff” of Black Conservative, “Crossover Negro Reese” and the White progressive-liberal, “White Trash Helene”, repeat listening can reveal that beneath the shock effect of the language and skits, there is an impressive sensitivity for the relationship between the condition of Black America and Hip-Hop culture; as well as considerable attention given to the relationship between history, current events and political ideology. For some of us, some of the undeniably offensive material is an acceptable trade-off in order to listen to a Hip-Hop oriented program that challenges the tired, non-threatening, patronizing and often mentally numb format of today’s “Hip-Hop and R&B” and “Classic Soul” morning drive shows. Despite the various opinions he expresses and the way in which he does so, which I do not always agree with, there are redeeming qualities to the Star and Buc Wild show and what it represents.

While Star and Buc Wild certainly not for everyone, an excessively negative reaction to their style should be tempered by the recent history of Black comedy. I wonder about the thinking of those people who enjoy and honor Dave Chappelle, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, and Chris Rock but who reject a censored radio show of Hip-Hop commentary and comedy out-of-hand on the grounds that it is too raunchy, tasteless, harsh or nasty. Not to mention that many of these same minded individuals listen, without criticism, to R&B and Hip-Hop lyrics that allude to sex, murder and drugs; and without protest, watch the videos of said songs on MTV and BET."

Brother Spotless said...

Lightness, you have to think about the context. What one expects from a radio show in the morning is definitely different from what one expects from a Comedy show at 12 am.

More importantly, I fail to see anything clever in what S&B does, while Murphy, Pryor, Chappelle, etc are clever. Specifically, they rarely (if ever) rely on the vulgarity of their acts to be the punchline.

Brother Lightness said...

I'd argue that the hip-hop generation's expectation of morning radio might best be described as simplistic and dull urban entertainment. What hip-hop morning show exists on FM radio that provokes anywhere near as much thought on relevant issues? Sadly, none that I am familiar with. In a sense, traditional hip-hop radio is offered as strictly entertainment, rarely more.

In response to the claim that the S&B show is unclever, I believe that S&B's ideology of "objective hate" is just the opposite. Allow me to paraphrase once again:

"There are few things that are more attractive to the masses of human beings that an apparently cogent worldview that partially explains reality. It is one of the factors that has made Don Imus, Howard Stern, and Rush Limbaugh so popular among Whites. Few may notice it overtly, but the popularity of these three men rests in part on their ability to interpret any event of significance according to their publicly presented belief system and offer consistent authoritative-sounding opinions and judgments with a sense of humor. Rivaling Rush Limbaugh’s carefully crafted brand of braggadocio conservatism is Star’s self-developed philosophy of “objective hate”."