Radio DJ John London was just fired from “FreeFM,” the CBS station that broadcasts free over the Internet as well as on the radio in some markets. Why? Because he offered a reward on-air to anyone willing to kill Penn Jillette.
Some of you are thinking: “Wait, you mean the little magician who doesn’t talk?” No, that’s Teller. Penn is the big, loud one who was given his own show on FreeFM, which I happen to listen to and maybe you should, too. Penn is funny, insightful, and unabashedly skeptical; plus, he’s on from 2pm to 3pm EST, which is that neverending afternoon hour when you’re at work and lunch is already over but 5pm seems so very far away.
What did Penn do to deserve death threats? Simple. He told the truth (with his own comedic embellishments — he is a performer in case you hadn’t noticed) about one Mother Theresa. Some of you may be under the impression that she’s just a sweet Albanian grandma who devoted her life to helping others. Hopefully by now, more of you actually know that she was actually a total hag.
I highly recommend a reading of Christopher Hitchens’ book The Missionary Position, which details some of her more insidious characteristics. To tide you over until you can get to your local independent bookseller, here’s a taste:
She made millions of dollars, but never divulged any figures to the public.
A ton of donated money didn’t go to orphans in India or anywhere else the contributors may have hopedÃ‚ — it went straight toÃ‚ the Vatican.
She was a tireless fighter against any form of birth control.
She never built a single god damned hospital.
So, Penn criticized this hag on the air, and in response a hack DJ offered listeners $5000 to off him. Wow, what a good and decent person. Was that just something that popped out of his mouth in the heat of the moment? No, because he upped it to 7 grand the next day if Penn “suffered” first.
“I was sickened by it,” said London. “What he said wasn’t satire. He raped her morally, when she couldn’t respond.”
Apparently it’s sickening to criticize an abhorrent person who is wrongly perceived as a perfect person, but it’s perfectly okay to ask people to kill another human. Brilliant. Here’s my favorite quote:
London said he was told that Jillette had received death threats as a result of the broadcast, but the local host added that such threats would be expected after what the comedian said about the venerable Catholic.
Oh, even the religious expect otherÃ‚ “Godly” people to be morally bankrupt. Fabulous.
I haven’t heard Penn talk about this yet as I haven’t had a chance to tune in lately, but I’m guessing that as a mega-libertarian, Penn completely supports this moron’s right to say whatever he wants on air, including asking his listeners to send in death threats. I’ll listen to the podcasts later to see if I’m wrong, but I get the feeling that when it comes to always acting the way you believe is right even if it means supporting freedom of speech in the face of death threats, Penn will show himself to be head and shoulders above the sniveling, hypocritical London.
Oh, and speaking of shows, the latest Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast is now available for your enjoyment.