I hate Shock Jocks. I’ve never understood the appeal, and even when I see shows like Parks and Recreation make fun of them, I’m still annoyed by the caricatures. I’ve been pretty clear on this site how I feel about Toxic Masculinity so this really shouldn’t surprise anyone. But I really am curious, in today’s age and political climate, why is there still a market for these kinds of people? Does anyone really find puerile humor accompanied with bad sound effects encapsulated in an echo chamber of testosterone embodied by men who are far too old to be so adolescent? Don’t answer that question. My blood is already boiling enough.
So anyways, we have to talk about what happenedyesterday with Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti on 98.5 The Sports Hub – Boston Sports Radio. As you no doubt know, Roy Halladay passed away in a plane crash off the Gulf of Mexico. He was the pilot of the aircraft. In response to this horrible tragedy, Michael Felger went on as insensitive a rant as I’ve ever heard on Shock Jock radio. Here are some of the greatest hits from the 10 minute delusion.
“It just sorta angers me. You care that little about your life? Or the life of your family? Your little joyride is that important to you?”
“‘Weeeee! Weeeee! Yeah man look at the G-force on this! I’m Maverick. Yeah man, look at this it’s so cool!’ And you die. Splat. And it’s over. So you’re that guy? You have to do that?”
“To the point, now, where that guy is like the bad guy to me. You got this family, and you’re gonna screw around in this little toy plane?”
“‘Weee! Oh look I just landed on the water, everybody. I’m gonna tweet it!’ Splat. You’re dead. Two kids. Moron.”
“I find that offensive, that you are that cavalier about life.”
“I’m sorry dude, you’re on your own. I got no sympathy for you.”
“If that’s how you’re wired, and that’s how you die? Bon voyage.”
“I don’t blame the plane for the fact that the guy wanted to dive-bomb through mountains. Idiot!”
“If I die helicopter skiing, you have the right to do the exact same thing I’m doing to Roy Halladay. He got what he deserved.”
I’m not going to try and dignify any of those statements by trying to refute them. I’ll give them a blanket statement response.
“F**k you Michael Felger.”
In what world have we created a culture where this is okay? Where someone gains anything from listening to this sort of entertainment. Now yes, pretty much everyone is in agreement that Felger was over the line, including, apparently, Felger himself, and to his credit, he’s taking full responsibility.
I could come in and say ‘I apologize if I offended anyone,’ but that’s fake and hollow and everyone hates that, don’t you? Isn’t that the worst, when someone comes in and says that? Besides, the only folks that I would really want to extend that to are the loved ones of Halladay, they’re the ones dealing with enough right now, not to have to have me come over the top and do what I did yesterday. So, sorry doesn’t do that justice as it relates to them. That one’s gonna stick with me for a while.
I said something similar in my article on Toxic Masculinity, so I appreciate this sentiment. But also he didn’t actually recognize that what he said was wrong.
There is stuff that I did mean.
Going on to say that the Hyperbole he used was low-class. Well we’re back to “F**k you, Michael Felger”. But before continue lambasting this piece of human garbage, where was his co-host? Tony Massarotti tweeted:
If you haven’t see the Halladay video, watch. And then try to tell me your thoughts haven’t changed.
— Tony Massarotti (@TonyMassarotti) November 8, 2017
He has yet to respond after that. Cool, so he’s right there with Felger. Felger may have been the mouthbox that spoke this horrible statements, but Mazz was the silent accomplice, ready to support the ideas in their echo chamber of shit.
I look forward to a future where this type of “entertainment” and “journalism” is eviscerated from the face of the earth. We don’t need Howard Stern, we don’t need Opus and Andy, we don’t need any of them. What we need is a culture that is respectful of each other, and has some kind of compassion as our go-to state of being with each other.
People will say “he apologized” and yes, he apologized in a way that I appreciate, by not saying “I’m sorry to those I offended” but he didn’t actually acknowledge that what he did was wrong. He’s truly okay with those statements. So he doesn’t get a pass, and 98.5 shouldn’t give him one either. I’ve known people who have worked for the statement and these guys’ reputations as pieces of actual trash precede them. It’s time for 98.5 to wake up and get ahead of the wind change. I recommend they try and create a new kind of show, something that eschews this sort of “entertainment” and get ahead of the curve. Maybe hire a woman to talk sports, maybe hire a New England comedian like Fitzy to host a show. Fitzy is crass, but in a way that celebrates the stereotype of New England.
I recommend all networks that carry shows such as Felger and Mazz to take a long hard look at their product and realize it’s a dying breed, and I recommend they cut bait before they’re left looking like they’re giving a megaphone to assholes.
Because right now they’re giving a megaphone to assholes. That’s not a metaphor. Until they fix it, they’re assholes too.