STATE–The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition, a nationwide coalition of anti-bias activists, is calling on nationally-syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh to apologize for using the slur “Italian grease ball” during a recent broadcast.
Limbaugh used the term in reference to former Gov. Jon Corzine, during a broadcast last month, and the transcript, which recently came to light, is posted at: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2011/12/08/corzine_goes_greasy
‘Corzine has curly hair. Corzine’s the kind of guy that never has to wash it; you can’t tell the difference when he does. He never has to brush it or comb it, you can’t tell the difference when he does. That’s why this stands out. I mean, he’s got Italian grease ball, whatever, sixteen. He’s lathered it on there; he’s slicked it back.’ (emphasis added).
Andre’ DiMino, president of ONE VOICE, criticized Limbaugh and wrote a letter demanding an apology.
“With your millions of listeners and prominence in the American political landscape, YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY to do the right thing,” DiMino penned. “Your stereotypical, demeaning and pejorative ‘…Italian Greaseball…’ comment IS CERTAINLY NOT THE RIGHT THING TO DO!”
ONE VOICE is urging others to respond to Limbaugh via email at ElRushbo@eibnet.com or by calling 1-800-282-2882 during Limbaugh’s broadcast hours to express outrage.
“Although we have been barraged with such stereotyping and denigration in the entertainment media, we certainly did not expect to have it hurled upon us by someone in your position,” DiMino wrote to Limbaugh. “Your comment was a disgrace and you should IMMEDIATELY apologize to ALL Italian Americans for your insensitivity and insult!”
ONE VOICE is different from all other Italian American groups in that its sole focus and objective is to fight bias, stereotyping and discrimination against Italian Americans. It is the only national Italian American organization with this singular mandate.
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