Jack E. Jett Axed For "Jacking His Cock"
Radio host Jack E. Jett--a friend of this blog--was axed after he made a remark that included the phrase "jacking my cock" in an interview with a blogger. Ironically, the remark was designed to tell people how thorough and professional he is. ("I don't just go in and talk on the mic while jacking my cock. I research.")
But a producer didn't care for it and promptly canned the show.
Says Jack E., "There is NO DOUBT in my mind that this cancellation is based on some sort of discrimination. After all, this is the same station that aired Michael Savage saying that all gays should 'get AIDS and die' on the air and yet me making a off color joke on an alt weekly blog is reason for dismissal."
His further thoughts:
"I am saddened and angered as I write this note about what I perceive is some pretty blatant homophobia by Clear Channel Radio. I signed a contract to do a weekday talk show on CNN 1190 AM, from January 26 onwards. There was absolutely no morals clause in my contract, and either party could get out the contract with a written two-week's notice.
"This past week, I was interviewed by a local alternative weekly newspaper; while discussing the amount of research I put into my show, I used some colorful language. It was language that was discussed in paper, not on the air. The CNN program director claimed that prior to reading the article, he was unaware that I was about to begin a show at his station during the afternoon drive. Therefore, after reading the article, he found my number and canceled my show without regard to our contract.
"When I called Mr. J.D. Freeman on his obvious homophobia, he feigned being hurt that I would suggest such a thing. I asked him three times if he was homophobic and while he never denied it, he refused to admit it. He simply said that he doesn't have to answer me. To me, this was lying by omission. He was far more concerned that I might be taping our conversation.
"Assuming, for the moment that he is not homophobic, then are employees required to use only certain words, and limit their vocabulary even when no morals clause has even been discussed or included in the contract? Should every employee be fired for saying something the boss finds distasteful, and if so, just who is it that determines distasteful language?
"In most cases, these situations make me very angry; this one has just saddened me and sucked the wind right out of me."