Friday, December 21, 2012

Emory TV show apologizes for racist joke made by student anchor

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 5:40 PM

An Emory University student TV show apologized yesterday following an anchor's racially-insensitive on-air remarks.

The Dooley Show, an ETV news program funded by the university's Student Government Association, typically discusses issues with a satirical angle.

The show's efforts to sardonically raise awareness, however, recently went awry during a bit about the Supreme Court's Fisher v. University of Texas ruling last month, which reviewed the use of affirmative action in the college admissions process. Student anchor John Roofeh said:

"It's up to you to find those kids that shouldn't be here, and are at the school only because of affirmative action. Proven methods here at The Dooley Show include lynching, tarring and feathering, and cross burning."

"By including disbelieving laughter in the episode," The Dooley Show producers said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. "We hoped to further highlight that The Dooley Show was using extreme sarcasm to voice disdain for a potentially detrimental policy decision."

The Dooley Show posted another statement yesterday about the remarks, saying that:

We at The Dooley Show would like to apologize for the Supreme Court segment that has recently caused so much hurt, pain and anger within the Emory Community. We also would like to apologize for the delay in releasing this apology to the student body and Emory community, as this is something we wanted to get right and ensure was done sincerely and thoughtfully.

The referred-to segment was poorly written and in poor taste, which we fully recognize at The Dooley Show. Including it in the second episode was a mistake born of ignorance and poor judgment. It was not intended to hurt or personally attack any person, student or individual.

We are students as well, learning from this and our mistake, and want to express how much we have learned and taken from this whole experience. Again, we apologize sincerely and want to communicate how much we have learned from our actions.

The student TV show removed all of the videos from its YouTube page, but CBS Atlanta has since re-posted a video of the segment which you can watch below.

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