Dave Ryan apologizes for KDWB Hmong parody song AGAIN

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KDWB apologies: now with extra sincerity.
KDWB's Dave Ryan has issued yet another apology for the so-called "Hmong parody song" that has incensed listeners and driven away important advertisers.

"Some may feel that our previous apologies about this have been inadequate or insincere," said Ryan in what was his third apology. "To address those concerns we are apologizing again today."

The song, which aired on the Dave Ryan in the Morning Show in late March, served up a "parody" song, warbled by show host Steve "Steve-O" LaTart. The song included some truly inspired lyrics set to "Tears in Heaven": "No room for a couch/'Cause we sleep on the floor/One big group of Vangs/Hmong family of twenty-four."

Once the song was posted on the internet, the Asian American Journalists Association demanded KDWB apologize and TakeAction Minnesota's Hmong Organizing Program called for Steve-O's job. Thus began the non-apology apologies, including one from program director Rob Morris, who used this classic "no-racist" line:

"While we've received positive feedback from many Hmong listeners who let us know that they found the song in question very humorous, we apologize to anyone we may have inadvertently offended, as this was never our intent."

Well, if there's one thing that will get the ear of a radio station exec, it's the sound of advertisers walking away. AT&T, Health Partners, and Blue Cross have all canceled their ads with the station. A spokesperson for Blue Cross alluded that KDWB might want to act a little sorrier if they want their ad dollars back.

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This morning, the show offered something significantly more hangdog from Ryan, Steve-O, and president and market manager for Clear Channel/KDWB Mike Crusham.

"We are very sorry for any pain and offense this song has caused," said Steve-O. "It truly was not our intention to cause hurt feelings."

"We are truly sorry," Ryan enunciated slowly.

He also made it sound like the show cast is going to meet with members of the Hmong community to talk out the issue.

"We want to have a civil dialogue," he said. "We're reaching out and engaging directly with members of the Hmong community."

You can listen to the whole apology here.

The members they are engaging with are apparently not from TakeAction. Communications director Greta Bergstrom says she hasn't heard anything since the station would not meet with a delegation of protesters who arrived at the KDWB offices on Friday.

"They have not reached out to us, they have not called about setting up a meeting, nothing," she says.

And at this point, she says, Ryan can on-air apologize until he's blue in the face. She says TakeAction isn't going to drop the matter until a face-to-face meeting happens.

"We're looking for policy change," she says.

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16 comments
Yee_lee17
Yee_lee17

im hmong.. i think its pretty cool that you actually brought up hmong people :D

idajsfs
idajsfs

This is ridiculous. The Dave Ryan Show makes fun of EVERYONE! That's what they do! Black, white, Hmong, it doesn't matter. If you have a problem with it, don't listen.

lifeisnoteasy
lifeisnoteasy

Yeah the Dave Ryan Show does make fun of everyone but what they say about other culture is not as bad as about the "Hmong song" !  KDWB needs to look at what dave or his team are going to talk about to make sure it is ok for people to listen to....

TeaBea
TeaBea

Isn't this, like, the seventeenth anti-Hmong racism incident they've had to apologize for? I read this headline and was like, "Yeah, I remember tha--oh. It's *another* one. Huh."

JeaninMN
JeaninMN

This is one of the long list of stupid things the morning show has done and why I don't listen any longer at ANY time. I grew up on KDWB and they haven't. The childish humor really has gone beyond funny and onto just plain dumb and idiotic.

The only way they will do anything is if their ratings go down and advertisers continue to pull their ads/money.

I applaude those that have stopped giving their money to a station that is SO obviously not going to do anything different.

The entire show should be suspended without pay and be held accountable for it all.

Hik
Hik

What a stupid, slack jawed pose in that picture

JOeSomebody
JOeSomebody

God, of course city pages writes about this. They're in bed with the Take Action terrorist.

URstupid
URstupid

If you don't like it, don't listen - but the funny thing is - many Hmong people love it... does this mean that certainly people are stupid or do they comprehend a little humour and self poking because there is not evil intent??

kuvHLUBHMOOB
kuvHLUBHMOOB

btw, 'MANY' my ass bitch. only the stupid ones do. like YOU. fuckerface.

Infinityalphaomega
Infinityalphaomega

Racism should not be tolerated in any shape or form. By giving permission to what I call undercover racism we support structural racism that exists in this country. You see stereotyping people by race influences employers, police officers, property renters, creditors, and other people in positions who can affect our lives.

The Media is the biggest offender of stereotyping and it is fairly engrained in our society.

This isn’t the first time Clear Channel has been involved with racism in their broadcasting. Back in 2005 they had a Tsunami song in San Francisco that was anti-Asian/anti-African/anti-Human aired on their KYLD morning show. They fired the person in San Francisco cause this was a serious matter in California. Is it any differant in Minnesota. How can we tolerate racism in this state.

swmnguy
swmnguy

If this guy "Steve-O" is still on the air, then KDWB doesn't get it and its apologies are insincere. Period. End of Report. This wasn't a "mistake," or "inadvertent offense," or some kind of miscalculation. Ryan, LaTart and KDWB management think racism is funny and it doesn't occur to them that some people do not. There is no "issue" to discuss.

Ryan's bleating about "We want to have a civil dialogue," he said. "We're reaching out and engaging directly with members of the Hmong community," is yet another insult to decent Americans. There's nothing to have a dialogue about. The show spoke for itself. KDWB continues to air the show. Therefore Ryan, LaTart and KDWB support that kind of programming. Anyone who buys ads on that station or listens to that station supports those attitudes and statements. That's how it works when Adults have Freedom of Speech. They're free to say what they want, and they're free for decent people to be disgusted by them.

VVV
VVV

"Some may feel..." reeks of being INSINCERE. They just can't get it right, can they?

Guest
Guest

Dave Ryan in the Morning Show is always offensive. Glad they got called out on it.

kuvhlubHMOOB
kuvhlubHMOOB

AGREE! he's fucking stupid. he's so rude, negative, pathetic, thoughless, fucking retarded, etc!! CURSE THAT BITCH!

vitajex
vitajex

Not a bad apology.

Now they just need to apologize for the rest of the show...

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