To follow is a transcript of a voicebreak I did at 7.30 tonight. Read it, take it in and think about the words I've used because straight after saying this, a woman rang up and called me racist, sexist and she hoped that I would rot in hell. She hung up before I could respond to her.
These are the exact words I said on air:
We had a wonderful experience in Cornwall Park with a cow today. I'll explain, it was giving birth and all these people had stopped to have a look at this cow giving birth. And there was all sorts of people. Some Asians were walking in those funny zoot suit thingees they wear, there was an Indian family, there was this know it all farmer commentating - he was quite interesting actually. Some mums, kids in pushchairs all watching this cow give birth. This cow, she didn’t complain, she didn’t bitch about her midwife, she didn’t get the epidural, she just lay in the sun and gave birth to her young calf while we from all walks of life watched on. Nature was happening right there in front of us and it was a moment. Definitely a moment.
I mean this cow was a trooper, she didn't even use the gas or pethedine or anything! it was a really nice moment.
I love Cornwall Park because it's a farm right in the middle of the city, but it's so far removed from the city.
Remember, we're a family focussed radio station and my wife has just been through the birth process with me at her side. That's something that I've spoken of a lot on air.
I'm no Stables, Devlin or Laws, I'm not a smart arse kid and I'm not here to offend, while I'll take the piss, I won't be cruel. In short, I'm not looking for trouble or notoriety on air. I'm here to entertain and relate to an adult audience. That's it. I thought there was something special about walking through a park with my wife and one month old daughter and seeing a baby calf being born.
Is it offensive to even mention that someone is of a particular race or culture if that is what they are or should we talk of everyone in generic terms?
Is it wrong to marvel at nature, and be amazed at how other species on this planet get by with so much less than what we humans have?
Is there anything in there that anyone could consider racist or sexist?