Adam Carolla Takes It All Back in Last Show

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We thought that MANAA’s Guy Aoki and Adam Carolla had reached a gentleman’s agreement of sorts, after their clash over Carolla’s use of “ching-chong” to mock the Asian Excellence Awards in 2006. That was a battle that Carolla decidedly lost (both by his own admission and apology, and by his advertisers, seven of whom pulled out of his show). But when Rosie O’Donnell came under attack for her “ching-chong” comments, Carolla brought Aoki back on the show to make sure he was after her as well, and it appeared that the two had made amends. Carolla told Aoki, “I like this, I feel like this is like Terminator 2, I came back down and now I’m on your side…Keep up the good fight my brother, I feel like we’ve won an ally now.” Then he tried to get Aoki to go after Mazda for not representing any Asians in their commercial.

Fast forward to last month, when Carolla’s show was cancelled. In his second-to-last show on Feb. 19, he was in the middle of talking to a caller who was sad to see Carolla go, and suddenly he started talking about how he was so glad that he didn’t have to keep an eye on “swearing or a-holes like Guy Aoki. Racist a-holes, by the way, like Guy Aoki, who’re gonna climb up my ass if I say anything about all the Asian people that he, evidentally, represents. That’s every single Asian person on the entire planet. I will no longer have to worry about a-holes like that or guys like Jack Silver that are paranoid about extortionist racist a-holes like Guy Aoki.” Jack Silver was Carolla’s program director at the station Carolla broadcasted from, 97.1 FM.

Apparently he’s not over the situation after all. Disappointing indeed.

Norm Macdonald Apologizes for Saying Racial Slur on “The Adam Carolla Show”

Apology follows Carolla and co-host Teresa Strasser’s

LOS ANGELES–Three weeks after former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Norm MacDonald used the offensive racial slur “gooks” on an appearance on the syndicated radio program, “The Adam Carolla Show,” he apologized to Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA), the only organization solely dedicated to monitoring the media and its depiction of Asian Americans.

On Wednesday, March 5th, MacDonald, Carolla, and co-host Teresa Strasser, were analyzing the lyrics of the 1969 Kenny Rogers and the First Edition hit “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town” (They were laughing because it’s about a paralyzed war veteran who wants to shoot his cheating girlfriend). MacDonald said, “he’s killed strange gooks.” All three of them laughed. On his March 10th show, Carolla addressed the issue: “Norm MacDonald was in studio last week… He used a derogatory term toward some Asians groups.” Strasser joined in: “It was often used by American servicemen during the Vietnam War.” Carolla continued: “That’s right. And we did not dump it, nor did we say anything to Norm. And for that, we apologize.” After McDonald’s representative, Marc Gurvitz of Grillstein-Grey, responded to MANAA Founding President Guy Aoki on March 12th, Aoki wrote in an e-mail, “We’d like to hear Mr. MacDonald explain what he was thinking when he said ‘gooks,’ which has been an offensive slur against Asian people since the 1890s and was used a lot during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. And we would like an apology from him sent to this address.  The fact that ‘Ruby’ was about a Vietnam vet in no way excuses saying ‘gooks.’ (Would he rationalize that it’s OK to call blacks ‘negroes’ or ‘niggers’ because that’s what many people called blacks during that period?).”

Exactly one week later, Gurvitz forwarded MacDonald’s response: “I understand your concern and am anxious to reply. In your letter, you say you would like an apology. I apologize. Since I’m not racist, I can’t apologize for being a racist. However, the remark was reckless and had no greater meaning to redeem it. So I am sincerely sorry for saying a thoughtless thing that could hurt innocent people. I understand the power of words, and I wish I hadn’t said the one you refer to. “Also, you asked if I could explain what went on in my head when I said it. When I said it, I assumed people listening would infer that it was the paralyzed serviceman using the term. In another way of saying it, the word had quotation marks around it in precisely the same way that you yourself used the word. But I understand that quotation marks cannot be heard audially [sic] and that reasonable people could easily perceive racism where it doesn’t exist. I understand the perception of impropriety can be as painful as impropriety itself, and since as I earlier said, there was no particular point I was making, I’m left only with regret. And so, I apologize to you personally for any pain you may have felt hearing that word and to any person of any race who took offense. I don’t want to hurt anyone, and I will be more vigilant in the future to avoid this. I hope you keep up your good work and accept my humblest apology.”

Phil Lee, MANAA’s President, said, “This is a hurtful word. It can inflame a lot of emotions. We appreciate that both the station and Mr. MacDonald seem to get that and hope their responses will serve as a reminder to others that these concerns need to be taken seriously.”

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MANAA Blasts Comedian Norm Macdonald For Racial Slur on “The Adam Carolla Show”

Carolla and co-host Teresa Strasser apologize for letting it air.

LOS ANGELES – Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA), the only organization solely dedicated to monitoring the media and its depiction of Asian Americans, is upset that former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Norm MacDonald used the offensive racial slur “gooks” on his recent appearance on the syndicated radio program, “The Adam Carolla Show.”

On Wednesday, March 5th, in the 9 a.m. hour, MacDonald, Carolla, and co-host Teresa Strasser, were analyzing the lyrics of the 1969 Kenny Rogers and the First Edition hit “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town.” (Apparently, they were laughing because it’s about a paralyzed Vietnam vet who wants to shoot his cheating girlfriend). MacDonald said, “he’s killed strange gooks.” All three laughed. MANAA Founding President Guy Aoki called Jack Silver, VP of Programming for 97.1 Free FM (where the show is recorded), who agreed the term should have been bleeped out and not aired.

Carolla and Strasser addressed the incident on today’s show in the 9:00 hour. Said Carolla: “Norm MacDonald… used a derogatory term toward some Asians groups.” Strasser added: “It was often used by American servicemen during the Vietnam War.” Carolla continued: “That’s right. And we did not dump it, nor did we say anything to Norm. And for that, we apologize.” Phil Lee, MANAA’s President, said, “It’s important to recognize that the term has an offensive, ugly charge to it that traces back historically to the 1890s and became used especially during the Korean and Vietnam War.

MANAA is pleased to see that the station is learning from previous missteps and making an effort to be responsive.” (In 2006, Carolla lost seven advertisers after he aired a skit mocking “The Asian Excellence Awards,” which consisted of people saying nothing but variations of “ching chong” and “chong chong” for 52 seconds. The host apologized on air a month after the recording was first broadcast, and his syndicator, CBS Radio, agreed to racial sensitivity training for all employees and produced a manual for all on-air talent reminding them of their responsibility as broadcasters.) On Friday, Aoki left two messages for response from Norm MacDonald’s representative, Mark Gurvitz of Brillstein-Grey, who has failed to contact the organization.

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MANAA Founding President to appear on Adam Carolla Show

MANAA Founding President, Guy Aoki is scheduled to appear on the the Adam Carolla show on Wednesday, April 26th at 9 a.m. to discuss the host’s ching-chong parody of the Asian Excellence Awards and history of denigrating Asian Americans.

Adam Carolla can be heard in Las Vegas 107.5, Los Angeles 97.1 FM, Pheonix 101.5 FM, Portland 101.1 FM, San Diego 103.7, and San Francisco 106.9 FM.

Adam Carolla Offends Asian American Community Again

 

MANAA needs your help to call and write CBS Radio and urge the company to severely discipline syndicated radio host Adam Carolla for his most recent offensive comments against the Asian American community.


 

Dear MANAA Supporter:

We need your help. Our organization has sent more letters of complaint to Adam Carolla than anyone else in our history. He recently took the place of Howard Stern in six Western U.S. cities and, two weeks ago, made more highly offensive comments on his syndicated radio show. We need your help writing to key people within the CBS organization so please read the transcription below and hear the recording, which will be posted very soon, on our website www.manaa.org