KDWB Hmong parody song brings protesters to station's front door

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Saying sorry, again.
KDWB has been forced to apologize again for that tasteless Hmong parody song aired by the "Dave Ryan in the Morning Show" crew a few weeks ago.

The latest mea culpa came as a crowd of protesters showed up outside the station's front doors on Friday morning carrying signs that demanded, "Stop Racism Now."

Via WCCO:

"We fully support the rights under the First Amendment of individuals to gather together and to express their thoughts and opinions. The March 22 song segment in no way reflects the values and viewpoints of our station. We recognize that it was inappropriate, and we have unequivocally apologized."

That's a more robust statement rejecting the song's stereotyping Hmong Americans as oversexed, poverty-stricken immigrants than the tepid one the station first issued when the backlash over the song first aired:

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"Our listeners understand that The Dave Ryan in the Morning show is a comedy show meant to entertain, and that much of its content is parody. 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."

Three advertisers -- HealthPartners, AT&T and Blue Cross of Minnesota -- have now taken their business elsewhere after being disgusted with the way Ryan and his cohorts treated listeners they claim to have "inadvertantly offended."

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Vangto02
Vangto02

i'm hmong and was not offended at all. i laughed at parts because sorry they do apply to our lives. it just funny satire so quit crying over it hmong people with nothing else better to do. learn to take a joke as a joke. you know...i miss chappelle's show....and people like these dumb hmong groups protesting that "we all need to be more touchy feely"...shut UP! you know when you go home, your grandmas, moms, and dads are spewing racist crap about evil white man treating the hmong person wrong and don't even get me started on how hmong people talk about a darker skinned race. you know it. quit denying it. go to college you primitives like my sardine ass did and learn where comedy comes from. i didn't see you hmong people at rosie o donnell's doorstep when she was screaming that "ching ching chong" crap making fun of ALL ASIAN cultures! maybe that's because ya didn't have the gas money to drive several states across the US to complain. duuuuuhhhhh these stupid activist/political hmong groups. you sicken me. -tou vang <----there's a ton of me in the hmong culture too. this can also be made fun of...or wait...hmong people do make fun of this name in many ways in movies and in everyday talk, but when a white person makes that joke, he/she is racist. SO STUPID. WE ARE. GROW SENSE OF HUMOR. WE NEED. -Da Hmong Yoda.

Rule
Rule

white,black,brown,red,orange,yellow,blue,green. those are color. but when you target a ethic background. colors disappear into thin air. its a fact. everyone should of learn from this in 4th grade.....or so i did...where did education go? now & days isn't like it was back in 96's. times change, people change. but america should still stand for what it means for all. Land Of The Free. Now who wrote that song? thank you.

vitajex
vitajex

"Our listeners understand that The Dave Ryan in the Morning show is a comedy show meant to offend, and that much of its content is parody. While we've received positive feedback from many Hmong listeners who let us know that they found the song in question very offensive, we apologize to anyone we may have inadvertently entertained, as this was never our intent."

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