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Bill Was Finally Handled

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Recently on KFI radio, Bill Handel was discussing ways to “save government money,” and suggested we start by getting rid of the Armenians and selling Glendale. When an Armenian listener, Greg Garabedian, wrote a letter explaining how he was offended by his remarks, Handel continued making fun of the Armenians and even poked fun of Greg’s last name.

Now, generally I don’t care when people make stereotypical jokes, and hey I might even throw in a few myself. What really got to me was the response made by Lara Hermanson, when she said, “What the Turks started, Bill will finish.”

(Here’s a link to the initial comments made on air:

Imagine if similar comments were made about the holocaust or slavery, all hell would have broken loose! I actually have a friend in radio who was suspended from the show because he didn’t bleep out the “n” word in time, even though his co-host, who is African-American, was the one who said it. Nothing happened to the co-host, and although that’s another long and complicated story that still pisses me, my point is that that one word became an instant controversy and steps for it were taken immediately. Yet Bill and Lara on the other hand refused to apologize, while everyone on the show bursted into louder laughter.

In due time, however, The Armenian National Committee-Western Region (ANC-WR), joined by community organizations and activists, met with Bill and the station management, and got him to acknowledge “that a line had been crossed.”

Here’s a video of the apology…

How do you feel about the insensitive and ignorant comments that were made?


Written by Annie

June 15, 2009 at 8:47 pm

9 Responses

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  1. Yay you started writing again! Okay first off, I completely agree with you. It's the last comment that threw me off the edge, and I knew that despite him refusing to apologize he was going to do it sooner or later (mainly because his job is on the line). Great post!


    June 16, 2009 at 2:04 am

  2. I actually had no idea this was going on. Thanks for sharing.


    June 16, 2009 at 2:12 am

  3. Thanks for the comments =) I didn't care much for what Bill said; it's that one comment that Lara made which bugged me.


    June 16, 2009 at 2:21 am

  4. Everything was taken out of context by the ANC, I think. Handel's original comments were obviously meant as a joke, and the ridiculous notion of selling Glendale shouldn't have been taken seriously. But Greg Garabedian, playing the victim card like every other Armenian, decided to send Bill an idiotic letter, wherein he made heinous accusations about Bill Handel (a child of a holocaust survivor) a racist and a bigot.

    If you actually listen to that part of the conversation, it's OBVIOUS that what Lara was saying was satirical and sarcastic, and it is clear that she is attempting to patronize Garabedian for his ridiculous letter. But the ANC, ever the frail and sensitive organization, decided to use that as a personal attack against the Armenian people.

    It's all stupid. Armenians didn't give a shit in '96 or in '06 when Handel made other racially insensitive jokes about Asians and Muslims, respectively. The guy has a dark sense of humor, and that's why most people (people with a spine who don't take everything personally) like his show and listen to him. The second someone says something about Armenians, everyone is in uproar and suddenly we start seeing things as injustices against our people.

    Vaheh Hartoonian

    June 16, 2009 at 8:57 am

  5. made heinous accusations about Bill Handel (the child of a holocaust survivor) being a racist and a bigot.***

    Sorry, I didn't preview. 😛

    Vaheh Hartoonian

    June 16, 2009 at 8:59 am

  6. Vaheh, I agree with you for Bill (it was sarcastic enough for me to take as a joke, especially since that wasn't the only thing he mentioned), but the comments that Lara made were out of line. Joke or not, there are some boundaries you cannot cross, especially on public radio with so many people listening and being influenced by what you say. It's just a line of common courtesy.


    June 16, 2009 at 5:08 pm

  7. They weren't out of line at all. Some idiot sent an offensive letter to blaim, calling him a racist and a bigot. All she did was patronize him. Garabedian was lambasted with sarcasm because he said something stupid and offense about Handel that was based on a COMPLETE misinterpretation of what Handel had said the day before.

    And granted, the joke was dark. But she didn't mean to offend to people, and she certainly doesn't deserve the reputation-shattering responses she's getting from people who didn't even know about Bill Handel prior to this ordeal.

    Vaheh Hartoonian

    June 16, 2009 at 6:56 pm

  8. I completely understand what you're saying, and I'm still cool with Bill, but that one "dark joke" still doesn't pass with me =)


    June 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm

  9. I'm sorry you feel that way.

    Vaheh Hartoonian

    June 16, 2009 at 10:10 pm

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