Charlamagne tha God defends news anchor who hasn't appeared on air since quoting Snoop Dogg
Radio host Charlamagne tha God questioned the recent decision of a Mississippi news station to take an anchor off the air after she quoted Snoop Dogg live on the air earlier this month.
“She can’t say, ‘Fo shizzle, my (expletive)?’” Charlamagne said Monday on his nationally syndicated radio program “The Breakfast Club,” with co-host DJ Envy. “Oh, I guess cause (it's) a derivative of (expletive).”
Charlamagne added: “She might not even know what (expletive) means. Come on, we got to stop man. That’s not a reason to fire that woman."
Longtime Mississippi journalist and meteorologist Barbie Bassett is no longer listed as a member of the WLBT news team after quoting a racially insensitive term from a Snoop Dogg lyric on air. Following a segment on Snoop Dogg's business venture Snoop Cali Blanc, his fourth wine in his successful Cali Wine Collection, Bassett – who is white – repeated a famous Snoop slang saying, "Fo shizzle, my (expletive)." The last part of the lyric referenced a racial epithet for Black people.
“That’s the thing with hip-hop," Charlamagne said. "Hip-hop is so big and so mainstream, and it’s just like, who can consume it and who can’t? You know what I mean? Who can repeat slang and who can’t?”
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Bassett has not released a statement since her biography was removed from the WLBT website following the March 8 incident.
Bassett was reprimanded in October 2022 for racially insensitive comments. On that occasion, she released a statement apologizing for the comment. "That is not the heart of who I am. And for that, I humbly ask for your forgiveness, and I apologize to everyone I have offended," she said at the time.
WLBT General Manager Ted Fortenberry declined to comment on the removal of Bassett’s bio and her no longer being on air following her Snoop Dogg reference, saying it is a personnel matter. Bassett has not returned requests for comments.
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This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Charlamagne tha God defends WLBT newscaster after Snoop Dogg comment