NJ101.5 radio hosts to visit Sikh temple

NJ101.5 radio hosts to visit Sikh temple

04 Ağustos 2018 - 02:00

By Anthony G. Attrino | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Employees of a New Jersey radio station where two hosts made on-air derogatory and bigoted remarks about state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal are being offered the chance to undergo sensitivity training at a Sikh temple.

Grewal, who is a Sikh, was repeatedly referred to as "turban man" during the "Dennis & Judi Show" last week on NJ 101.5-FM.

"We reached out to the station," said Megan Daly, spokeswoman for United Sikhs, a nonprofit advocacy organization. "Obviously, this was a very appalling comment that riveted not only the Sikh community but Sikhs worldwide."

Daly said the details of the visit are still being worked out.

NJ101.5 hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco repeatedly referred to Grewal as "the guy with the turban" and "turban man" during their afternoon show on July 25. They have since apologized after they were suspended for 10 days.

"I'm never gonna know his name. I'm just gonna say the guy with the turban," Malloy said. "Listen, and if that offends you then don't wear the turban and maybe I'll remember your name."

Malloy acknowledged his comment could be offensive. But the pair then quickly brushed the notion aside and agreed it wasn't.

"Is that highly offense? Could be. But if you call me 'baseball hat man' in a culture where nobody wears baseball hats, and they call me 'baseball hat man,' should I be offended?" Malloy continued. "No."

Franco agreed: "No. I would say no."




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