Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Motel 6 racial slur on motel TV

A man checked into a Motel 6, turned on the TV and gets a welcome message with a racial slur. What is going on? Why? Why do this?

Joseph Ross, a Dayton, Ohio, resident, got an unwelcome "welcome" this weekend when he checked into a Motel 6 in the nearby town of Sharonville, where he planned to attend a jazz festival. Ross told WCPO that he switched on the television in his room only to be greeted with an on-screen racial slur: "Hello N*****!" "I turned the TV on and when I laid back on the bed I just happened to see something on the screen and I was like, 'Ah, that ain't there, so then I focused my eyes and I couldn't believe what was on there,'" he told WCPO in Cincinnati.

Ross complained to Motel 6's corporate office and reached out to the president of the Dayton chapter of the NAACP, who confirmed the on-screen slur to WCPO.

On its website, the Cincinnati NAACP said that the Dayton chapter "independently called the location to ask if the Motel 6 had on their TV broadcast 'Hello N******.' The person who answered the phone confirmed the information was true but provided no explanation or clarity of why." Source
After searching Google about this story, it looks like a Motel 6 in Danvers, Massachusetts has also done something very similar. See this photo. I've never stayed at a Motel 6 and this just confirms that I do not need to, ever.

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