What These Rochester Radio Hosts Said About The Transgender Community Got Them Fired

America is a great country. We have freedom of speech and can say anything that we want. However, we do not have freedom of consequences and a few nasty comments about the transgender community has cost some Rochester, NY radio hosts their jobs.

98.9 The Buzz Facebook

98.9 The Buzz Facebook

Pictured above is Kimberly (left) and Beck (far right). These two people used to be fairly well known radio hosts on Rochester’s 98.9 The Buzz. After what they said yesterday they are currently looking for work.

According to TWC News the Mayor of Rochester announced new transgender-inclusive benefits for city employees. These benefits would cover transgender medical care including,  gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy, cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries.

Wednesday morning these two decided to go all shock jock and talk about these new benefits. While discussing the new benefits Kimberly said that she believed that if you wanted gender reassignment were “probably a nut job to begin with.” Not exactly the best thing to say.

Here is her full quote:

“The services that will be paid for under the new coverage: gender reassignment surgery, psychological counseling, because you’re probably a nut job to begin with, that’s my opinion, hormone therapy, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery..”

That little opinion has cost Kimberly and Beck their positions as The Buzz morning show hosts. In a little less than a day 4,500 people signed a petition on Change.org to remove Kimberly and Beck. It worked.  Entercom, the station’s parent company left the following statement on the Buzz’s Facebook page:

This morning Entercom fired Kimberly and Beck effective immediately.

Their hateful comments against the transgender community do not represent our station or our company. We deeply apologize to the transgender community, the community of Rochester, and anyone else who was offended by their comments. We are proud of our past work on behalf of the local LGBT community and we remain committed to that partnership.

Kimberly would take to twitter to say that “Freedom of speech includes the freedom to offend others. You aren’t granted a right to not be offended in this life #getoverit #ROC.”

Oh Kimberly, no. You also aren’t granted the right to go around saying whatever you want without having to pay for your actions. Just ask Mel Gibbson, Paula Deen, Dog the Bounty Hunter and most recently, Donald Sterling.

As a former radio guy you want to have certain opinions, but when it comes to political issues on a music station just stay away from it. The last thing you want to do is alienate any part of your audience.

About BJ Ragone

Just a man with a computer, smartphone and a ridiculous amount of pop culture knowledge.

Posted on May 22, 2014, in Commentary, Local Stuff and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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