Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Not funny

Laurence Caromba angrily links to a story about the suspension of popular 94.7 Highveld Stereo DJ Revin John because he insulted Nigerian president Obasanjo.

I think that the radio station may have jumped the gun in suspending John and his colleague Lloyd de Bruin. But I also think that the presidency has as much of a right to complain as a member of the public and that normal procedures should have been followed to determine if the complaint had merit. The way the radio station capitulated is creepy.

However, as a regular listener to that particular show, I have noticed that ethnic stereotyping does feature quite often. Ethnic stereotyping is unfunny, and given South Africa's history particularly inappropriate.

Our comics and media personalities need to find other ways to amuse their audiences.