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Radio show staff suspended for playing tsunami parody song

UPI News Service, 01/27/2005 

Owners of a New York hip-hop radio station suspended its morning host for playing a song mocking victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Emmis Radio pulled the "Miss Jones Morning Show" off WQHT-FM after Tasha Nicole Jones played "The Tsunami Song" several times, a "We Are the World" parody with a crude racial term for Asians that mocks tsunami victims' suffering, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

Emmis Radio President Rick Cummings called it "morally and socially indefensible. All involved, myself included, are ashamed and deeply sorry."

He has indefinitely suspended Jones and her crew, a move that members of the Asian-American community denounced as a virtual slap on the wrist.

"The people responsible need to be taken off the air permanently," said City Councilman John Liu, a Democrat from Queens. "And the company should face financial sanctions, so no one can profit from this kind of ugliness."

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