APOLOGY FOR SLURS

Catalyst April Issue 1999

On February 21, a band called Tammy Faye Starlight sang a song riddled with slurs against nuns, Jews and brain-injured children. The band was featured on WKCR, a Columbia University radio station.

Following a complaint lodged by the Catholic League, as well as others, the station’s program director apologized for what happened and pledged that this would not happen again. The regular host of the show was sick that day and the substitute host, an 18 year-old student, was taken by surprise when she heard the lyrics. An on-air apology was granted by the regular host just days after the offense was committed.


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