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John & Ken's Whitney Houston 'Crack Ho' Remark Inspires L.A. Council to Act

Update at 11:39 p.m: According to Daily News columnist Doug McIntyre the council approved the resolution. First posted at 4:15 p.m.

The rantings of conservative talk show hosts John & Ken and their colleagues at KFI 640 AM have caught the attention of the L.A. City Council, which is considering a resolution decrying the station for its "racist and sexist slurs."

The council is referring to John & Ken calling the late Whitney Houston a "crack ho" and to syndicated talker Rush Limbaugh calling a reproductive rights advocate a "prostitute" on KFI's airwaves.

The body will ...

... take up the resolution tomorrow.

Interestingly, the proposal has been backed by recent archenemies of council President Herb Wesson, who has been accused of helping to carve up new voting districts in a way that punishes folks on the council he doesn't see eye-to-eye with, namely Jan Perry and Bernard Parks.

All are African American, however, and all seem to agree on this one.

The resolution argues that the station has a "long history of racially offensive comments as well as deplorable sexist remarks, particularly towards women and Black, Latino, and Asian communities."

Of course, this being the L.A. City Council that it is, the resolution wouldn't actually do anything concrete. It would just make headlines (see above). This is so like the body: all bark, no bite.

In any case, a statement on the resolution sent to us by the Black Media Coalition says that feminist attorney Gloria Allred and former KFI host John Ziegler are on-board with this.

The resolution calls on the station to check its hosts' language and to diversify its staff.

We'll make a far out prediction and say it will pass unanimously.

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