Cartoonish one-term tea party congressman Joe Walsh has since settled for the more fitting job of conservative radio host, but he can’t even do that right.
Walsh flipped out on Twitter last night after he was apparently kicked off of his own radio show, "The Joe Walsh Show," for repeated attempts to say the N-word in a segment about the growing backlash against the Washington Redskins' team name. (The episode has not yet been added to the archive at WalshFreedom.com.)
And here comes to the General Manager. It appears I can say Redskins, which is supposedly offensive, but when I say other words, commercial— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 19, 2014
I'm trying to have an honest, adult conversations about words without resorting to alphabet soup phrases(C-word, N-word, etc)— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 19, 2014
Just got kicked off the air until further notice. Tried to have honest discussion about racist terms and management censored my language.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 20, 2014
“If Redskins is just like the ‘N-word,’ why can I say Redskins on-air without being dumped out into a commercial?” he asked.
It’s not clear if Walsh really is too dense to realize the entire debate hinges on a professional sports team normalizing (and profiting on!) a slur that is not recognized widely enough as such. The distinction he’s making only undermines his point. (Not to mention that attempting to compare the severity of racial language never looks good.)
After today, I'm having a much needed drink. Will explain soon what management told me.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 20, 2014
Tried to talk about racial slurs tonight. Radio station sent me home. Don't know what's going to happen next. We'll find out Friday at 5pm.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 20, 2014
Whatever happened to freedom of speech? he will definitely ask at some point.