Morning Show’s Transphobic Remarks Should Spark Outrage from the LGBT Community

Morning Show’s Transphobic Remarks Should Spark Outrage from the LGBT Community

January 30, 2010 Commentary Featured Thought of the Gay 12

Janet - Kiss 98.5 FM - WRONG WRONG WRONGJanet Snyder and Nicholas Picholas aren’t exactly superstars to the bulk of the world.  In fact, I’d never heard of them until their morning show which airs in Buffalo, NY on KISS 98.5, took the typically demeaning and irresponsible direction that gets them loads of attention but at a heavy price.

The duo not only belittled the reproductive rights and the right of choice guaranteed by the United States constitution and the historic case Roe v. Wade, but they poked fun of the appearance of a bearded man with a pot belly – and we aren’t talking about Santa Claus or a Nascar fan.  While discussing the “second pregnant man” (being Scott Moore, a pregnant transman), Janet referred to the image of a man with a pregnant belly as “wrong, wrong, wrong.”

Press |> play below to hear the commentary:


All that said, it’s just another crass example of transphobia, right?  It’s not like they said we should murder transpeople, they just said they thought it was, “wrong, wrong, wrong.”  Perhaps that’s why the LGBT community at large has generally ignored the comment? After all, the Facebook group devoted to the issue has only 109 members as of this post.  Perhaps that’s why, three days after the transphobic comments, I’m only just finding out about it in spite of being someone who attempts to stay well informed?

Ironically, before learning of this story, I posted to the page on Facebook the following quote from my favorite American poet, Walt Whitman:

Whoever degrades another degrades me, And whatever is done or said returns at last to me.

I take it personal, in spite of the fact that I am not gender queer or a transperson.  Each and every one of us should take the comments personally, for they are simply the spark that start the fire.  If we do not work together to extinguish these small fires, we are destined to burn everything down.

Please join the facebook group to learn what you can do to help end transhpobia.

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12 Responses

  1. Leo Murrieta says:

    Thank you for letting me know about this, I also like to consider myself as pretty well informed but hadnt heard of this. What is wrong with those people?

  2. Thanks Jay. Outrage is building although delayed. This is a perfect opportunity for non-trans folks to stand up and alongside with trans folks in solidarity and outrage.

  3. Mackenzie says:

    Your mp3 is a 404

  4. Flutterfury says:

    These are the emails I have gotten back from the station and from sponsors. Plus my response back to the station's HR person.


    Larry Robb has forwarded to me your recent emails regarding Nick and Janet’s Wednesday broadcast.

    The Company takes the issues gender identity and sexual orientation very seriously. I certainly understand the indignation you have expressed regarding Wednesday’s broadcast and I do not expect that the matter will be discussed on the air again.

    As to your specific questions regarding Nick and Janet, the Company does not publicly comment on internal personnel discussions.

    Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this matter further.

    Thank you.

    Noreen McCormack, VP/Human Resources
    Entercom Communications Corp.

    My Response

    Hi Noreen,

    Thank you for your response.

    While banning the subject may seem appropriate to your organization, we do not feel it is sufficient.

    By we, I refer to the people who have signed the petition asking for a public apology.

    Entercom promised not to do it again last summer when the morning jocks at KRXQ Sacramento stepped over the line. We need a public apology, a public statement that NO entercom statement will use defammatory language against any minority on the air, and we request positive air time to counteract the damage you have done.

    I’ve been in contact with several leading members of the Trans community who would love the opportunity to educate on air with Nick and Janet.

    I would personally like to see Janet attend sensitivity training, but I realize that’s an internal matter. A sincere apology goes a long way.


    Dear Mr. McKowen:
    Thank you so much for your note. We most definitely will look into this situation immediately.
    Again, thanks for bringing it to our attention.
    We’ll be in touch soon.
    Odette Yazbeck
    Public Relations Director
    Shaw Festival
    A/O Today, note new ext 2222

    Yes, she called me Mister….. ugh.


    Dear Ms. McKowan:

    Your e-mail was forwarded to my attention in the Executive Office of Kohl’s for follow up and resolution. As it is my intent to provide our customers with quality service, I appreciate the opportunity to review your concerns.

    Thank you for contacting Kohl’s Department Stores. While we advertise on many television and radio stations, we do not sponsor specific programming. Kohl’s has no involvement with the comments or opinions made on WKSE-FM, 98.5
    Buffalo, the Janet and Nick show. Advertising packages are purchased months in advance by time slot rather than by television or radio show. Your opinions are very important to us and we appreciate the time you took to contact us.

    I realize that your time is valuable and I appreciate the time you have taken to contact us. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. It is my hope that you allow us another opportunity to provide you with the excellence in service you truly deserve.

    Best Regards,

    Ashley Carus
    Correspondence Specialist
    Kohl’s Department Stores

    Dear Danielle McKowan,

    Thank you for your email.

    Your email has been forwarded to the appropriate department for review.

    If you have any further questions or concerns regarding your account, please feel free to respond via email or call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-724-2224.

    Thank you for the opportunity to serve your banking needs.


    Kimberly Baker
    Mortgage Customer Support

    M&T Bank – “Understanding What’s Important”

    Dear Danielle McKowan,

    Thank you for contacting TurboTax Service and Support.

    I understand that you were offended by the comments they were making.

    I want to let you know that I did bring this to the attention of a supervisor who brought it to the attention of Intuit. Thank you for your e-mail.

    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be of service.

    You will receive an email survey within 24 hours asking you to evaluate my performance and to comment on our TurboTax product. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey as we use this information to improve our service and support.


    TurboTax Consumer Group

  5. Flutterfury says:

    Dear Valued Customer,

    Thank you for emailing us with your concern. We apologize for the delayed response.

    Thank you for your comments and suggestions. We shall forward your message to the appropriate department for review and consideration.

    Forever 21 is always striving for excellence and a pleasant shopping experience for our customers. With your comments and suggestions, this is possible.

    If you have any further questions/concerns, please call our customer service line at (888) 494-3837 or you may email us by visiting our website Click on the Customer Service link located at the bottom of the page then follow by clicking on Contact Us. Our representatives are available to take your calls and emails Monday through Friday, 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, and Saturday through Sunday, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

  6. Flutterfury says:

    Dear Danielle McKowan,

    Thank you for your recent e-mail to Subaru of America, Inc. We appreciate you taking the time to contact us concerning our advertising. Your comments have been forwarded to our marketing department for their review and consideration.

    If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us again. Thank you for the opportunity to be of service.

    Best wishes,
    Nancy Quinn
    Subaru of America, Inc.
    Customer/Dealer Services Department

  7. Flutterfury says:

    Consumer Affairs <>

    I will forward this to our Marketing and Advertising Dept.

    (yes, that was it.)

  8. Flutterfury says:


    I have personally contacted WKSE, we currently do not have any advertisements with this specific station. You are referring to a sponsorship for the school spirit contest. We do not advertise products but we are sponsoring the event to raise money for the Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

    We do not endorse or support any personal opinions held by the hosts of WKSE shows.

    Thank you for your time and concern.

    Scott Santorio
    Director of Operations
    "Let the world be your stage!"
    Phone: 716-276-1214
    Fax: 716-635-6517

    TT New York LLC.
    4545 Transit Rd
    Williamsville, NY 14221

  9. Abnbobn says:

    "they poked fun of the appearance of a bearded man with a pot belly – and we aren’t talking about… a Nascar fan."

    Now I know this statement doesn't even stand a shadow to stereotyping the LGBT and in fact I hate Nascar but it is still stereotyping. I think that was a mistake to put into your anti stereotyping rant ;).

    • jaysays says:

      You are absolutely right that the statement was inappropriate, even as a quip. I stereotyped Nascar fans and that was improper under even the most liberal of tests. It's certainly further evidence that we are all hypocrites in some form.

      But since I invoked Walt Whitman in the post, I'll take the liberty of invoking him again here:

      "Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes."

  10. christine says:

    If it makes you feel any better, no one here in Buffalo really likes Janet Snyder. She’s a mother of a 14 year old and acts like a child herself. What kind of message is that sending to her daughter. Not to mention she is quite air-headed, and unintelligent. I don’t even know where to start on the stupid cpmments shes made on air. It’s disgusting, and little girls look up to her. Maybe thats why buffalo has the highest teen pregnancy rates, because they listen to this shit on the radio.

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