British MPs deplore Hot 97's cruel Tsunami Song
British Parliamentarians have raised the issue of the racist Tsunami Song aired over Hot 97 the hip hop radio station. The song was blatantly racist and was a slur against the Sri Lankan victims of the tsunami. Sri Lanka lost well over 40,000 people in the disaster. Over 2 million have been made homeless. No one is laughing in Sri Lanka and the song has angered Sri Lankans.
Hot 97's Tsunami Song laughed at the deaths of tens of thousands of people who perished as a result of the terrible tsunami of 26th December 2004 which devastated Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South India, Thailand, Maldives, Andaman Islands and even affected Malasiya and Myanmar. It was the world's worst natural disaster.
Sri Lankans all over the world joined with the Sri Lankan Community in New York, protesting against the racism of Hot 97.
US President George Bush has been urged to take action against Emmis Radio and Hot 97 for bringing America into disrepute.
Emmis Radio have only suspended Miss Jones for two weeks despite her racist outbursts and being a willing singer of the Tsunami Song. People in the UK are calling for the resignation of Miss Jones. Others have even called for the resignation of Richard Cummings, President of Emmis Radio for ignoring the cruel song which was aired for over a week on Hot 97 radio.
Now British parliamentarians- of all parties - have deplored the Tsunami Song in an early day motion tabled in the House of Commons in the Palace of Westminster.
EDM 638 states:
HOT 97'S RACIST TSUNAMI SONG
'That this House deplores the racist Tsunami Song aired on Hot 97 radio station in New York; calls upon Richard Cummings, President of Emmis Radio, to take firm action against those who aired the song beyond the temporary suspension; and commends the heartfelt tsunami song composed by British Sri-Lankan Nimal Mendis..... '
EDM 638 was sponsored by the highly influential British Parliamentarian, Linda Perham, MP for Ilford North.
Sri Lankans have been requested to send their protests in writing to:
Hot 97 WQHT-FM
395 Hudson Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10014
Barry Mayo, General Manager, Hot 97 WQHT-FM
John Dimick, Program Director, Hot 97 WQHT-FM
One Emmis Plaza
40 Monument Circle, Suite 700
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Jeffrey H Smulyan, Chairman and CEO, Emmis Communications
Federal Communications Commission
Enforcement Bureau, Investigations and Hearings Division
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20554
To listen to Hot 97's Tsunami Song: