Thursday, May 11, 2006
Pedophilia In The Name of Ratings: N.Y. Shock Jock Star Finds Out Hard Way He Crossed Over The Line
Clear Channel On the Hook for a Big Case of Whoop-Ass From the FCC, Not to Mention New York's Asian Community
On morning radio, there's a distinction between being entertaining and merely being dumb. Admittedly, it's often a hazy distinction, but it's the difference between a shock jock being fawned over by management and given his walking papers.
The latter category is where we find Troi Torain, a/k/a Star, the, ahem, star of the morning show at hip-hop station Power 105.1 in New York, who has gained most of his notoriety for trash-talking other jocks, especially the ones at archrival Hot 97, his former employer.
As the Daily News reports:
Torain offered listeners $500 to tell him where the daughter of nemesis DJ Envy, of Hot 97, went to school.
"Yes, I disrespect your seed," Torain ranted. "If you didn't hear me, I said I would like to do an R. Kelly on your seed. On your little baby girl."
Torain, 42, described in graphic detail what he meant by the reference to the R&B singer Kelly, who allegedly committed an unnatural act on an underage girl, a stunt captured on a widely circulated video.
Oh, yeah. The daughter in question is all of four.
And he wasn't done yet. He called DJ Envy's half-Asian wife Gia a "slant-eyed whore," "lo mein eater" and a "gook," which prompted City Councilman John Liu to proclaim in a news conference that Star should be "terminated from the face of this Earth."
Good thing for Star, then, that Liu represents Queens, not some district in Tehran.
Not that two wrongs make a right, but DJ Envy is hardly a choir boy, as the New York Post reminds us. Last year, he and his radio partner Miss Jones were suspended for two weeks without pay for a "We Are The World" tsunami parody that mocked the victims and used Asian slurs. No doubt, that didn't earn him any brownie points at home, but it fell short of a call for a jihad by Councilman Liu.
What was somewhat amusing is the statement from Clear Channel that says "we sincerely apologize to those who may have been offended by his remarks."
May have been offended? Which implies there were those who weren't offended and undoubtedly there were many. Don't expect an apology, though, to that faction for taking their morning man off the air.
Go to http://www.musicradio77.com/wwwboard/messages/286155.html for a short clip of Star talking his way out of a job and hear what passes for radio nowadays.
And a Webmaster alert. This morning, if you go to the Power 105.1 Web site, Star and his partner Buc Wild are out there front and center on the home page albeit not on the list of djs.
Sometimes it's just so hard to say goodbye. So we'll say it. Goodbye, Star.