Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Is Dave Lenihan a big prick?

Oh my God. I am totally, totally, totally, totally, totally sorry for that.

I guess I meant to say "dumbass", not "prick".
"She's been chancellor of Stanford," Lenihan said on the air. "She's got the patent resume of somebody that has serious skill. She loves football. She's African-American, which would kind of be a big coon. A big coon. Oh my God. I am totally, totally, totally, totally, totally sorry for that."

The Big 550 talk show host said he had meant to say "coup" instead of the racial slur, according to several news reports, including mercurynews.com and St. Louis Today.


That would be one of my biggest fears if I were a DJ. Live on the air, it would be so easy to accidentally say something you don't mean. And once the words leave your mouth, you can't go back and edit it the way I can edit my posts on this website.

Who knows what's in this guy's head, and if he really meant to call Condi a coon or even use the words "Condi" and "coon" in the same paragraph. Given the context of his entire on-air rant, is it possible an apology could have been enough, or was firing him the right thing to do? Comments, please.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Forgiven by the local office of the NAACP.
Forgiven by Condy herself on national TV when she was making her rounds the following Sunday morning.
Now he's back on the air in a resort town where the wealthy caucasion doctor owns a vacation home.
Nice.