Saturday, March 24, 2007

"Jersey Guys" Carton/Rossi create :La Cucha Gotcha

Back in February 2005, IPBiz discussed issues with the "Jersey Guys" discussion of the wife of then acting Governor Codey.

On March 23, 2007, Andrew Jacobs of the New York Times wrote:

Two weeks ago, Mr. Carton and Mr. Rossi started “Operation Rat a Rat/La Cucha Gotcha,” a listener-participation game that encourages people to turn in friends, neighbors and “anyone suspicious” to immigration authorities.

They introduced the segment with mariachi music and set the campaign to end on May 5 (Cinco de Mayo), a well-known Mexican holiday.

At the risk of stating the obvious, the phrase “La Cucha Gotcha” is meant to evoke the Spanish word for cockroach.

Not surprisingly, there was a response:

At a news conference Thursday, Hispanic elected officials and others condemned the campaign as “dehumanizing,” “poisonous” and “idiotic,” threatening boycotts of the show’s advertisers unless the Jersey Guys apologize.

“Scapegoating and stereotyping Latinos does nothing but give bigoted individuals a platform to make ethnic slurs and racist comments,” said Assemblyman Wilfredo Caraballo of Newark, calling the campaign a “publicity stunt” that could incite violence against Hispanics.

One notes that a former "Italian's Peoples Bakery" was replaced by Guate Pan in Hamilton.


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