By Fiona Connolly, Media Writer
August 17, 2007 12:34pm
WITH just three months left in the job after 55 years on air, John Laws has let loose again, indulging during his show today in a racial rant against Asian drivers.
This morning's tirade was directed at a Chinese-Australian caller, "Helen".
Helen was describing the trouble she had recently experienced with the cross-city tunnel. She had been fined for failing to pay the toll.
Laws asked her why she hadn't paid the toll. She said she didn't know that there was an electronic toll.
"I never travel to east (sic), that's the first time I travel to east."
Talking over the top of Helen, Laws said: "Sounds like you travelled from the east."
He continued: "Obviously you're Asian are you?
Helen said she was from China.
And away Laws went.
"I understand that Chinese drivers are probably the worst drivers on the face of the earth.
"You probably fall into that category along with the rest of them."
By this time Helen was superfluous to requirements and was cut off.
"I'll give you even money that sweet Helen's little, too. She's about 4'8. I can see it. They look out between the steering wheel and the top of the dashboard.
"You've got to ... well, I won't put it that way ... well i will: you've got to keep your eyes open.
"Now I'm going to be screamed at for saying (sic) that I'm being racist.
"I'm not being racist. I'm telling you the truth."
Laws, who is due to retire after 55 years in broadcasting on November 30, has a long history of making politically incorrect comments on air.
In 2003 the veteran broadcaster angered Australia's gay community when he and fellow 2UE talkback host Steve Price used the words grubby and poofs about gay renovators Gav and Waz from the channel Nine TV series The Block.
In a similar tone the following year he called Queer Eye For The Straight Guy personality Carson Kressley a "pillow biter" and "pompous little pansy prig" during a broadcast, comments he defended as tongue-in-cheek.
But he made no apology for todays rant against Asian drivers saying it was simply the truth.
He then challenged angry callers who phoned in to state their disgust at the comments, the first caller telling Laws he should be ashamed of the comments and suggested he play back Helens call and listen to how racist he sounded.
2UE station manager Greg Byrnes said he had no comment to make as Lawsie had said it all on air.
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