CAMPAIGN: ADAM CAROLLA OFFENDS ASIAN AMERICANS AGAIN
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
Adam Carolla 1/24/06 8:02 a.m.:
Here’s a list of the host’s past known offenses:
When we heard Carolla was assuming Stern’s time slot for CBS Radio beginning in January- and because we knew it was only a matter of time before Carolla offended our community again- we tried getting a meeting with him in November and December but our e-mails and phone calls (six to his publicist, two to his manager) were ignored.
Even our press release detailing the latest offense was ignored by his people. Obviously, they don’t take our community seriously and believe that if they keep quiet, this incident will blow over. That’s where you can prove them wrong. Between Monday and Wednesday, we, in conjunction with groups like the Japanese American Citizens League, Organization of Chinese Americans, and Korean American Coalition, are asking our supporters to e-mail, write, and/or call the following executives who oversee Carolla’s CBS Radio show:
Let them know that Carolla’s hateful comments against our community have no place on the public airwaves (by the way, KROQ and “Loveline” are now also part of the CBS Radio network) and that Asian Americans, while only 4% of the U.S. population, command, proportionally, greater influence: Asian Media Watch points out that, according to The Selig Center for Economic Growth, Asian Americans spend $397 billion annually, which is almost equal to the total consumer buying power of Illinois ($406 billion), which is ranked #5 economically among all states.
Furthermore, Asian American buying power is projected to increase 47% from $396 billion in 2005 to $579 billion in 2010.
MANAA is calling on CBS Radio to take steps to severely discipline Carolla and insure these derogatory racial attempts at humor don’t occur again, for CBS Radio talent and executives to attend sensitivity training sessions sponsored by the Asian American Journalists Association, and for Carolla to meet with MANAA representatives to discuss their concerns. Because Carolla has continually insulted the Asian American community, MANAA and supporting organizations will be targeting his radio show’s advertisers.
Please write and/or call the two executives named above now before you forget. And don’t forget our monthly general meeting next week (see below). Thanks for your time and support.
MANAA General Meeting
Please join MANAA at our monthly meeting next week Thursday, February 16th, at 7:30 pm at the Chinatown Public Safety Association (details below). We welcome your input and thoughts on pressing issues regarding the portrayal of Asian Americans in print, radio, television and movies. Among the issues we will be discussing are:
- Possibility of reviving the MANAA Media Achievement Awards
Please come and discuss these and many other media issues related to Asian Americans. New attendees are always welcome.
February Meeting Details:
Where: 823 N. Hill Street in Chinatown, between Alpine and College Streets (UPSTAIRS MEETING ROOM IN BACK)
When: 7:30 pm Thursday, February 16th