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Bubba the Love Sponge Clem joins ranks of Haiti haters, sparks online arguments

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Bubba-the-Love-Sponge Tough as Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh have been on the subject of the earthquake disaster in Haiti, neither one has attached a four-letter word to their analysis.

But that was the succinct sentiment of area shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem on his Twitter page last week -- a view he later elaborated on during his morning show at WHPT-FM (102.5 the Bone).

"I say f--- Haiti," read the Twitter message from Thursday (which was not dashed out). "Why do we have to take care of everybody...our country is in shambles. Bubba."

Later that day on the air, Clem pressed his point, saying "I would rather see Melanie Brooks telling me about the Pasco County school lunch menu right now than looking at Katie Couric on a cellphone and Haiti (video)...Had your grandpa built that little mud hut a little bit stronger, it probably wouldn't have caved in on you now, would it?"

"Haiti ought to tap the hooker market to get things back on track...Haiti is just in shambles...they need a cleansing. Maybe half a million Haitians that will end up not being around tomorrow...it's a cleanse."

Clem's producer Brent Hatley said the shock jock was just challenging the notion of sending millions of dollars to help Haiti when there are needs for that money in America.

"We're saying 'Why should we fix Haiti, when we haven't fixed our own country?'" said Hatley. "Port-au-Prince is on a major fault line and they've continued to build buildings there with no (construction) codes. Ignore science at your own peril."

Clem's comments sparked heated, profanity-laden exchanges on his Twitter feed with others who objected to his comments. On Monday, he posted messages implying the controversy may have threatened his appearances on TNA Wrestling, the pro wrestling league where he has appeared with longtime friend Hulk Hogan.

Bubba-kong  The discussion continued into Tuesday's show, when Clem spoke about a physical confrontation with a female TNA wrestler named Awesome Kong over the issue during a taping in Orlando Monday, which sounded a bit like the scripted fights common in pro wrestling.

Hatley said Clem spent time Tuesday taping material for the wrestling league's shows on the Spike TV channel and was not in danger of losing his position.

Still, Clem eventually pulled back from his comments on Haiti, posting an apology Monday on Twitter: "Sometimes u say things that u can't take back. So I'm man enough now to say I'm sorry for those I offended. Bubba."

"We have a free, open and frank discussion on air," noted Hatley. "Is anything we say going to affect what our government does, anyway? Probably not."

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:04pm]

    

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