New Jersey Lawyer Common Gurbir Grewal just lately ordered county prosecutors to droop marijuana prosecutions for at the least a month, a transfer that is smart since these prosecutions are largely pretexts to harass minority populations and the state appears on a quick observe to legalize the drug anyway. However when Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco, a pair of flapping heads from NJ 101.5, determined to debate this critical legal justice reform announcement from the state’s high legislation enforcement official they determined it was alternative to toss round some racial and non secular slurs to enchant their viewers of out-of-work cosmetologists and supply guys who nonetheless have Sopranos poster of their storage as a result of, as they’ll let you know, they’re “loads like Tony.”
Malloy started the dialogue by mentioning that he didn’t know the New Jersey Lawyer Common’s identify, which might be forgivable if this man wasn’t doing a section on the New Jersey Lawyer Common. Let’s get this clear proper off the bat, earlier than we get to what he did say: Malloy, Franco, and shortly each one in all their apologists goes to say, “Hey, they didn’t know his identify and simply improvised.” That is disingenuous bullsh**t. They’ve producers. They in all probability have a gaggle of interns. They’re, ostensibly, professionals themselves. At each flip earlier than going to air with a narrative they deliberate to debate, they might have regarded up Grewal’s identify. They didn’t wish to know his identify. The entire level of the section was to dismiss and demean Grewal. Full cease.
Which is why the pair would nonetheless be worthy of scorn even when they’d simply known as him “that man” the entire time. However, they didn’t do this. As a substitute, they regaled us with their deep understanding of racial politics and their nuanced grasp of the Sikh religion:
Malloy: You understand the lawyer common — I’m by no means going to know his identify, I’m simply going to say “the man with the turban.”
Franco: OK. TURBAN MAN!
Malloy: Yeah, Turban Man. Hear, and if that offends you, then don’t put on the turban and possibly I’ll keep in mind your identify.
So if Grewal have been much less distinguishable, Malloy can be extra more likely to keep in mind his identify. As a result of Malloy doesn’t have an issue keep in mind the man’s identify, he has an issue giving a Sikh man the dignity of getting a reputation.
For his half, Lawyer Common Grewal spoke out on Twitter this morning:
This can be a highly effective assertion. However with all due respect to the Lawyer Common, who is totally justified right here… your daughters weren’t listening to the Malloy & Franco present and have been in all probability very confused why you wished them to cease listening to Katy Perry.
NJ 101.5 has suspended the hosts indefinitely. They need to make that everlasting. This sort of bigotry is performed for affordable laughs and all too typically sloughed off with a pathetic excuse and stations get away with it as a result of they know everybody has a restricted consideration span and can be pressured to maneuver on to the following information cycle. The station shouldn’t play this recreation. They need to do the correct factor.
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