Urban Grounds has this frankly astonishing story that I had to fact-check to see if it wasn’t a story from The Onion first.
You just gotta read this. It bats even the Rush Limbaugh NFL story for sheer stupidity and cravenness:
Two Austin radio DJs were suspended without pay for using the term “wet vac” to describe a method the city should try to clean up the mud from the recent ACL music festival at Zilker Park. As in, “the city should get some wet vacs from Home Depot.”
Why was their show taken off the air (immediately) and the pair suspended without pay for a week? Because a few thin-skinned [whiners] called the radio show and said that they were “offended” because the term “wet vac” sounds very similar to the term “wet back.”
A listener, Celia Hagert of Austin, said she and her husband, Eduardo, thought they heard O’Keefe ask several times, “Why don’t they just go hire some wetbacks at Home Depot?”
“We were just staring at each other in disbelief,” Celia Hagert said.
The station VP and Market Manager, Scott Gillmore said that hosts Jason *Alvarez and Deb O’Keefe of 101.5 FM “did not actually use any slur,” but he suspended them anyway.
So, apparently it only takes “a few” offended callers to get a show canned and the DJs sent home with no pay. What a bunch of [crap].
(Reader Warning: the above is heavily edited from the originial. The author of Urban Grounds is understandably outraged at this monstrous miscarriage of justice (as am I), and uses some fairly salty language in his original post; not to mention the original slurs in a humorous context.)
Still, I can’t fault him on a darned thing he says. The radio station suspends the hosts because a thin-skinned family misheard what the hosts said?
Next thing you know they’ll be suspending Boy Scouts for having their scout kits with them.