Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Carolla: Not Funny

Not even a month into his new 97.1 Free FM morning show (where he replaced Howard Stern), and Adam Carolla is already out of material. It takes some hack morning DJs months to sink to bad, outdated stereotypes in an attempt to muster some weak laughs. Apparently Carolla is already there.

According to the Radio Business Report, Carolla is already mocking Asian Americans by making "ching-chong" sounds. How very retro of Carolla, who might consider donning Mickey Rooney/"Breakfast at Tiffany's"-style thick round glasses and fake buck teeth for his next publicity photo. I'm guessing some good ol' fashioned "Amos and Andy" blackface is next on his plate?

It's disappointing; I actually thought Carolla did a good job co-hosting "Loveline" with Dr. Drew Pinsky, and did some decent bits for KROQ's Kevin & Bean back in the day. Why does anyone need to go down this road, especially since even if you're not offended by it, it's just not that funny?

From the RBR:

KLSX-FM LA morning man Adam Carolla has angered both the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) and Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF) for mocking the Asian Excellence Awards show on his 1/24 show. Carolla joked about the awards show and used "ching-chong" sounds in a parody of the sound of the Awards show. Both groups are threatening boycotts. AAJC President Karen Narasaki says Carolla "Demeaned the work of Asian American actors, directors, and producers and perpetuated the stereotype of Asian Americans as foreigners...Unless Carolla is strongly reprimanded, and the station and CBS Radio apologize, we will be forced to ask advertisers to withdraw their support of his show."

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