Back in the fall, if you remember, their show on the Los Angeles AM station KFI was the target of Latino groups who were promoting a boycott because of the duo’s insensitive and inflammatory remarks about Latinos and immigration related matters.
The goal of groups like the National Hispanic Media Coalition was to get companies to cease advertising on the show and to ultimately have John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou removed from the airwaves. After John and Ken read the phone number of an immigration activist on the air encouraging a barrage of calls from their listeners, the National Hispanic Media Coalition felt that the time was right to mobilize their allies and community members to pressure advertisers and bring awareness to the kind of inflammatory and abusive rhetoric that has been promoted on the John and Ken show for years. Some advertisers did pull their ads from the popular show.
Despite a short suspension, John and Ken are scheduled to return to the airwaves on Monday, February 27. But, they’re still on KFI.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition praised the suspension. In a statement released on Thursday, the President and CEO of the group, Alex Nogales said, “A temporary suspension is not enough. How many times do John and Ken get to spew their hate, apologize and then do it again after taking off a long weekend? KFI must permanently remove John and Ken from the air. Los Angeles deserves better.”
The latest “crack ho” comment is just one in a long string of insensitive remarks that Kobylt and Chiampou have tossed out over the years. Recently, the Korean American community has protested remarks by John and Ken that Korean American painters are “scam guys.”
The “crack ho” comment seemed to strike a nerve with the KFI management, which is interesting because the hate speech promoted on the John and Ken show has been documented and quantified before. Alex Nogales, the President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), was able to provide Politic365 with some unique perspective on that and why he thinks KFI was quick to respond to the Whitney Houston insult.
“White America is very sensitive to the African American population because they are afraid of the political action and backlash from that community, more so than they are of the Latino community. The management of KFI knows this, and they don’t want marches and boycotts against them coming from a better organized and politically connected African American community,” Nogales argued.
Nogales added that NHMC is going to continue to coalition build with other groups like the Korean Americans who have been targeted by the John and Ken show in addition to African American groups to force Kobylt and Chiampou off the airwaves completely.