Radio jock Phat Joe might be in for some serious feud following his new position at the KwaZulu-Natal radio station – East Coast Radio.
Just a week of officially taking over the Drive Time show, Phat Joe already has scores of listeners calling out for his removal.
Consequently, a Durban mum who took exception to some of the utterances the radio personality makes on air decided to take action.
The woman named Hayley Going wrote a petition to have him removed from the Drive Time slot.
The petition started on change.org and has since gained momentum on social media under the hashtag #phatjoemustgo.
“As a resident of Durban and a mother with a 13-year-old child that drives home at 5pm, it is time to make a stand. #phatjoemustgo. He is not the right person for the ECR drive slot. I petition the listeners of ECR to join me and sign the petition.”
She went on to state that she hopes that ECR management takes notice of the petition and does something about it.
The angry mum further listed the reasons that pushed her to write the petition as follows:
- Making racist comments on air (taking a job from a white guy).
- Talking about “sexing himself up”.
- Condoning affairs and insulting Wayde Van Niekerk’s girlfriend.
- Every show has sexual content
- Tattooing a baby?
- Making jokes about serial rape, and jail rape?
- Calling Caster [Semenya] “him”? Our gold medal winner.
“He is a disgrace and needs to be removed from Radio. The East Coast is clearly not the place for him,” she concluded.
Meanwhile, East Coast Radio’s general manager, Boni Mchunu, said the petition has been brought to their notice.
He stated that:
“As a station, we are aware of a petition calling for Phat Joe to be taken off air. We are committed to being a responsible broadcaster and will respond to any complaints on an individual basis, and where warranted, by merit.”
Though Radio jock Phat Joe is no stranger to backlashes, this might be bigger than he anticipated.