Ever since he left real radio in favor of the satellite kind, Howard Stern and his faded Dirty Old Man strip-club radio act have been invisible. But now, some people are apparently trying to match him on the struggling Sirius/XM radio system. Actor Jamie Foxx has a weekend show called "The Foxxhole." It, too, was virtually invisible -- until he unleashed a vicious attack on 16-year-old Disney teen queen Miley Cyrus.
Don Imus was publicly and noisily removed from MSNBC two years ago for his dismissal of the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos." If you think that was bad, compare it to what Foxx said about Cyrus: He demanded this young girl become a "ho," develop a drug habit and a sexually transmitted disease.
A profanity-tossing caller to Foxx's program had insisted that Cyrus had pulled a diva act at the Grammy Awards, when she unsuccessfully pleaded to meet the art-rock band Radiohead, then said she would ruin their careers. (On a different radio show, Cyrus admitted she was disappointed not to meet the band, but her tone was clearly joking about ruining them.) Foxx responded to the caller by saying he didn't even know who Cyrus was. But surrounded by a cast of idiots calling Cyrus a "bitch" and professing not to care because "we're all going to Hell," Foxx was goaded into attack mode. ? First, he attacked her appearance. "Who is Miley Cyrus? The one with all the gums? She gotta get a gum transplant!" Mocking a restaurant order, he said, "Let me get an order of mouth, light on teeth, heavy on gum?"
As his studio crew howled and encouraged him, Foxx torqued it up a few notches. He told Cyrus she should find some artistic integrity: "Make a sex tape and grow up ... Get like Britney Spears and do some heroin.... Do like Lindsay Lohan and start seeing a lesbian and get some crack in your pipe. ... Catch chlamydia on a bicycle seat."
After he told Cyrus to make a sex tape and get a heroin addiction, Foxx celebrated: "We back! We back! It's another episode of smell my finger." Slang dictionaries say that last insult "carries an erotic implication." Have we descended so far that it's a smart career move for a 41-year-old man to make an "erotic implication" to a 16-year-old girl?