US radio hosts face backlash for calling New Jersey’s Sikh Attorney General Gurbir Grewal ‘turban man’

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Two radio hosts in the US are facing severe backlash for referring to New Jerseys Sikh-American Attorney General Gurbir Grewal as the Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco, who host the Dennis and Judi Show on the radio show NJ 101.5FM, were talking about Grewals decision to suspend marjiuana prosecutions when they began calling him turban man. But Turban Man – is that highly offensive? To me? No. To people who wear turbans, could be, said Franco. Could be. But if you called me Baseball Hat Man and I was in a culture where no one wears baseball hats, should I be offended? Malloy said. Uh, no. I would say no, Franco replied. So, anyway. The attorney general – Turban Man – says hes not going to prosecute pot things until September, Malloy said, laughing during the conversation. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, who had appointed Grewal, strongly condemned the language of the radio hosts, demanding action by the station. Hate speech has no place in NJ, and does not belong on our airwaves. Station management must hold the hosts accountable for these intolerant and racist comments, The radio station later tweeted that it is aware of the offensive comments made by Malloy and Franco during the broadcast. We have taken immediate action and have taken them off the air until further notice. We are investigating the matter and will have further comment shortly, it said in the tweet. Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, also a Sikh-American who wears the turban, tweeted, Get with the program! #RacistManDennis #jerseypride #educateyourself. Bhalla also thanked Murphy for Grewal, who was previously Bergen County Prosecutor, became the nations first Sikh state attorney general after the state Senate approved his nomination this year. Grewal is born to Indian immigrant parents in Jersey City and was raised in the states Hudson and Bergen counties. The clip quickly garnered attention on Twitter and civil rights advocacy group ACLU of New Jersey tweeted a link with an audio pronunciation of Grewals name, saying (If you have to ask Racism isnt cute. Its just racist. Twitter users too slammed the racist remarks saying there is no place for such language. Amardeep Singh, ACLU NJ Board Member and co-founder of rights group Sikh Coalition tweeted @DennisandJudi needs a lesson in the kind of NJ that we all want to live in,