April 5, 2010
Howard Stern v. Jamie Foxx
One thing Howard Stern understands about radio is that it is a macho medium. It’s a man’s world. My friend Teresa Strasser, who used to co-host the Adam Carolla Show on 97.1, pointed out to me that a woman DJ doesn’t stand a chance in drive time. It’s cultural, but it’s also aural—the timbre of a woman’s voice is difficult for people to listen to for four or five hours at a time. A quick glance of who’s who in radio bears that out—Rush, Howard, Sean Hannity. With one exception—Laura Ingraham, the Top Fifteen radio talk show hosts are men.
Stern understands that in a man’s world, macho rules. That’s why he has perfected the art of the radio battle—he knows how high the stakes are in the schoolyard brawl of radio. His current comer is the actor and singer Jamie Foxx.
Some crew on Foxx’s Sirius show attacked Howard for comments he made about ‘Precious’ actress, Gabourey Sidibe. Stern said Hollywood didn’t have many opportunities for grossly obese women, and that the press and others would do her a favor by pointing out to her and those who look up to her that Sidibe’s weight problem will cripple and kill her.
That set Stern off—he had to fight back—and it was on.
What’s fascinating is how quickly it gets ugly on radio. Foxx called Robin Quivers a “house nigger”—about as low a name as one could use to describe a woman who has pioneered a path in prime time radio. (Seriously, Robin Quivers is the Hattie McDaniels of radio, period. It’s an achievement she gets no credit for, because in a race-obsessed society people—like Foxx—can only see her in relation to Stern).
“The crew started in with me and I’m not some pussy who’s gonna sit here and take it and listen to some bullshit.” He said. “And quite frankly, I’m mad now because, you know, I got a shitload of stuff on Jamie Foxx, which isn’t a lot of fun and if he wants to start in with me….I don’t really care about Jamie Foxx. He says we’re friends but we’re not friends. He’s been on my show a couple of times. I don’t consider him a friend anymore.”
That opened up the floodgates—Stern kept pushing further and further. He knows fights are a way to establish radio pecking order, and he has 30 years more experience with it than Foxx. Stern knows how to go for the jugular and hang on until the floor is bloody. He started by hinting that Foxx himself is in the closet. ( In Stern’s universe the greatest crime is inauthenticity. He’s a champion of gay rights, but quick to attack those who pretend to be something they’re not, like straight.). And that’s likely just the beginning….
Meanwhile, reading the comments on the sites covering the fight, it’s pretty shocking how many people go to the Jew thing. Take a peek at some of the comments:
y: MrsJones on 3/31/2010 7:24AM
Howard is an extremely powerful Jewish man…He hasn’t done what he has done all these years without some serious protection from the hierarchy…You will all know how powerful Howard is by how Jamie response to him…Howard basically blew Jamie’s cover about being gay…
AND THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE RIGHT HERE!
howard stern is in the illuminate and hes a jew that is why he is a cry baby
DIZ CRACKAZ HOWARDZ DA JEWZ STERNZ IZ SMELLZ LIKEZ WETZ DOGGZ
Three thoughts: Howard seems to represent “Jew” in the popular conscience more than any other celebrity, maybe save Steven Spielberg.
Some people out there have some pretty conflicted feelings about Jews.
Advice to Jaime: Go into the Stern studio and make nice. You don’t need this. Ask Les Moonves.