Bill Was Finally Handled
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: http://www.burbankanc.org/KFI.mp3)
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?