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Two US radio hosts criticised for calling Sikh attorney general ‘turban man’

Radio hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco made the comments Wednesday while discussing New Jersey attorney general Gurbir Grewal’s recent order to suspend marijuana prosecutions in the state.

world Updated: Jul 26, 2018 12:18 IST
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Gurbir Grewal is the country’s first Sikh-American attorney general. (Picture courtesy: NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal/Twitter)

Two New Jersey radio hosts are receiving heavy criticism for repeatedly referring to the state’s attorney general as “turban man” on air.

The Record reports WKXW-FM hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco made the comments Wednesday while discussing Gurbir Grewal’s recent order to suspend marijuana prosecutions in the state.

Grewal is the country’s first Sikh-American attorney general.

Malloy and Franco acknowledged their words might be offensive, but Malloy said “if that offends you then don’t wear the turban and maybe I’ll remember your name”.

Neither host has responded to emails seeking comment.

Grewal’s office has also not responded to requests for comment.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Gov. Phil Murphy have denounced the hosts’ statements, with the Democratic governor saying hate speech “does not belong on our airwaves”.

First Published: Jul 26, 2018 12:17 IST