Radio station won’t apologise for ‘Nazi-ing’ campaign

2011-07-29 14:15

Two radio presenters at Tuks FM are in hot water after their attempts at being funny failed miserably.

They upset Twitter and Facebook users because of a pose they decided to create, after receiving a tweet saying “owling”, which involves perching on various objects like an owl, was the latest craze. After some research and discussion, they decided on an unused and made-up pose which they called “Nazi-ing”.

“A blog post was made with a photo of the personalities posing in their first ‘Nazi-ing’ pose and also posted a separate post explaining ‘planking’ and ‘owling’,” said station director Loutjie van der Merwe.

Planking is the act of laying down on a random surface and “duck face” is used to describe the face made if you push your lips together in a combination of a pout and a pucker, giving the impression that you have larger cheekbones and bigger lips.

The station started receiving tweets from people calling for the removal and an apology following the post.

However, Van der Merwe said no formal apology would be issued as no codes of conduct were breeched.

“A decision was made that perhaps the reader and the listener did not tie the content together and understand the contents of the blog post. The post was removed without explanation and apology from the Bang-Bang Breakfast page,” said Van der Merwe.

A representative from the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa, who declined to be identified, said they had received no formal complaint regarding the incident and refused to comment further.

Van der Merwe acknowledged that a lengthier explanation for the pictures might have helped understand the post better.

Attempts to reach the university spokesperson proved unsuccessful as the phone rang unanswered.

Correction: On Friday (July 29, 2011), we published an article under the

headline “Radio station won’t apologise for ‘Nazi-ing’ campaign”, in which we

identified Rob Forbes as one of the two Tuks FM presenters who started a

campaign that encouraged listeners to “do the Nazi”. We have since learnt that

Forbes was in no way associated with the broadcast or blog. We sincerely

apologise to him for any embarrassment or inconvenience caused.

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