Here is the Soo Today story that forced a red-faced Team 1200 (as detailed in the Ottawa Citizen today) to issue an apology after one the hosts of Three Guys On The Radio said most of the women in Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie "basically smell like boxed wine."
Nothing against of the current talent at the station; all of them, no doubt, are good Joes and probably feel embarrassed and will come in for some ribbing from their friends and colleagues.
However, this is hardly the first time the Team has been left with egg on its face after a lapse in the use of adult-level judgement and sensitivity. There's been Don (Dandyman) Romani insinuating Tie Domi beat his wife; Arash Madani's horrible Hurricane Katrina analogy, just to name a couple. They seldom get called on it in Ottawa, but there comes a point when it strains credibility to hear the station's bosses say it was "unlike" a person to say what he said or that it was "no intention."
Poppycock; this is exactly what happens when you put people on air with a good-ol'-boy mentality to capture a good-ol'-boy demographic and expect everyone else — minorities, women, bleeding hearts who also play in fantasy leagues (we're out there) — to lump it, because sports is "strictly entertainment" and it's not informing anyone's worldview. (Which it does of course.)
There's a reason Russell Peters can bag on every ethnic group out there and no one gets mad, because he's laughing with everyone. Snide comments about a city's female population; no, that's not cool.
It is possible to do sports radio that's funny, insightful and entertaining without putting down women or minorities. One day we might have that in Ottawa.
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