Halle Berry calls out DJ Rob Lederman after comparing black women’s skin tones to the toaster’s settings
Buffalo, New York-based radio host Rob Lederman was fired, and his two co-hosts Rich ‘The Bull’ Gaenzler and Chris Klein are currently banned after Lederman compared famous black women’s skin tones to numbered toaster settings.
Academy Award-winning actress Halle Barry, who was one of the famous black women named by the 97 Rock Morning Bull DJ on Wednesday on Wednesday’s podcast, has since taken to Twitter in response.
‘Disgusting. It’s ridiculous that this kind of nonsense is still being broadcast over airwaves, ‘Berry, 54, began in Friday’s tweet.
‘ALL black women are beautiful and dignified, Rob Lederman. GTFOH (get the f **** out of here).
‘Disgusting’: Halle Berry, 54, slammed Morning Bull radio DJ Rob Lederman’s on-air conversation with his co-host, where he compared famous black women’s skin tones to numbered toaster settings, calling the comments ‘disgusting’ in a tweet
The chatter about Lederman’s preferred toaster settings, when it comes to women’s skin tone, seemed to be gaining traction on social media and the Internet after EPSN reporter Marcel Louis-Jacques posted a 45-second audio clip to Twitter.
In it, Lederman can be heard saying, “ I might get in trouble here, ” before calling Berry, tennis superstar Serena Williams, and journalist and Oprah Winfrey BFF, Gayle King.
“I have them to the appeal of women I find attractive,” which evoked a subtle laughter in the background.
“So I will never go to a Serena Williams level, but I feel very comfortable with – I feel very comfortable at a Halle Berry level.” The voice of Rich ‘Bull’ Gaenzler can then be heard saying ‘K’, according to Too fantastic
“I like a bit of a mulatto that still comes through, it can’t be …,” Lederman continued, using an insulting and outdated term for people of mixed race.
‘It’s ridiculous’: the Academy Award-winning actress expressed her dismay that ‘this kind of nonsense is still being broadcast’ in her tweet
Shoulda listened to yourself: Lederman preceded his controversial comment with ‘I can get in trouble for this’
Skin tone: Lederman said he would ‘never go to a Serena Williams level’, but he is very comfortable with a Halle Berry level ‘, during the on-air conversation
He was then interrupted by his female co-host Chris Klein.
“Isn’t Gayle King your empire?” Klein joined in, which Lederman quickly shot back: “Gayle King isn’t even on my toaster.”
Lederman was fired, and both Gaenzler and Klein were expelled after the on-air conversation, The New York Post reported.
The next day, as the fallout started to intensify, Lederman created a Twitter account and shared a letter of apology in which he began calling his comments “ silly and ignorant. ”
After listening to what I said and how it must have sounded to others, I was shocked. I understand 100% why people are rightly angry, ‘he wrote.
Sad learning moment: the now-fired radio DJ called his comments ‘silly and ignorant’ in an apology letter he shared on Twitter on Thursday
Fallout: Rich ‘The Bull’ Gaenzler (left), along with fellow co-host Chris Klein, was banned from The Morning Bull. He has since been fired as an arena host for the Buffalo Sabers and Buffalo Bandits, and as an announcer at the University at Buffalo.
‘I made a mistake and it’s hard to look at myself in the mirror, but I want to acknowledge it. I apologize from the bottom of who I am. ‘
Lederman went on to say he has contacted the NAACP, his friends in the African American community clergy, and the mayor’s office to seek guidance and education.
“Please know that my comments were ignorant, but not meant to be hurtful, but I know that, like many others, I have to learn from them.”
He ended with a promise to make every effort to use what I learn as a platform to better understand and hopefully help others, while helping myself. ‘
Regretful: In his apology, Lederman said, ‘Please know that my comments were ignorant, but not meant to be hurtful, but I know that, like many others, I have to learn from them’
In a statement to People, Cumulus Media confirmed that Lederman had “ended” shortly after the conversation in question.
“CUMULUS MEDIA operates from a clearly defined set of programming principles and there is no doubt that Rob Lederman’s comments on The Morning Bull Show directly contradict those principles.” it said, adding, ‘We quickly ended him and shelved the rest of the show’s on-air talent. We apologize and deeply regret the incident. ‘
On Friday, DJ Jickster of 97 Rock read an on-air apology Friday morning acknowledging that the “ reckless, racist words were spoken in our air, ” while pledging to “ redouble our efforts to combat ignorance and racism in our community. ” .
While Gaenzler was banned from his co-hosting spot on The Morning Bull Show, Pegula Sports & Entertainment has since fired him from his role as the arena host of the Buffalo Sabers and Buffalo Bandits, and from his duties as an announcer at the University of Buffalo. .
Leverage for Good: Berry often uses her social media platforms to promote fitness and health routines that help her maintain a youthful vigor inside and out