AT&T Pulls Ads From Local Radio Station After Song Parody
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A local radio station is still feeling the effects of what some are calling a racist prank.
On March 22, KDWB’s Dave Ryan in the Morning Show aired a segment titled American Idiot where a parody song about Hmong families was performed by the show’s producer.
The producer rapped about a family of 24 sleeping on the floor. And it included the lyric, “Hmongs get pregnant early.”
AT&T responded on Monday saying the Dave Ryan in the Morning, “recently broadcast a song parody that was demeaning to the Hmong.”
Because of the parody song, AT&T says, “we cannot financially support KDWB when it allows discrimination to be included in its broadcasts. As such, we have withdrawn all advertising from KDWB.”
Last week, KDWB’s program director, Rob Morris, said the station has a lot of Hmong listeners and apologized to those who were offended. But he also defended the airing of the parody saying the station has received a number of comments from Hmong people who think the song is humorous.