You may have heard that a loudmouthed New York City DJ named Star, aka Troi Torain, has been arrested for threatening to attack a rival DJ’s family, and has been fired from his morning slot at Power 105.1.
A lot of people dislike Star, who definitely pursues fame by pushing the boundaries of decency, and the radio personality may be in serious trouble now that he’s crossed the line of legality with his offensive comments about the 4-year-old daughter of Hot 97’s DJ Envy.
Since I have been listening to Star every morning while I drive to work, I have a different perspective to offer. I can’t deny that he went way too far in his latest comments about Envy’s daughter. Beyond that, though, I’m bristling to hear Star described as a moronic and brainless shock jock. Star is obnoxious and frequently wrong, but he’s smart-obnoxious, not dumb-obnoxious. His morning show covers controversial news and eschews the bland celebrity mush that feeds most radio talk shows. He has openly championed the work of author Ayn Rand, his favorite writer, and has probably gotten more inner-city kids to visit the library than ten bookmobiles ever will.
His obsession with Ayn Rand gets so much coverage on his show, in fact, that I’m guessing he fashions himself a modern-day Howard Roark, and if you read the book I’m referring to you’ll remember that Howard Roark didn’t get along very well with people either.
Whether covering hip-hop news or global events, this guy has something to say, and I am going to be very sorry, come Monday morning, to have no choice but to listen to Miss Jones talking about Beyonce’s clothes on Hot 97 or the god-awful Opie and Anthony, or whoever they are and whatever the hell they talk about, as I sit in traffic on the Grand Central Parkway.
Star will have to fight this one out in court (and in the media, where he clearly knows his way around — he’s already calling himself “the new Lenny Bruce”, which is perhaps a stretch). I understand why Power 105.1 (which puts on excellent concerts, by the way) had to fire his loudmouth ass. But I’d like to appeal to whichever judge eventually handles this case to take into consideration the fact that nobody who listened to Star’s offensive comments on the morning of May 3 could have truly believed that he would harm DJ Envy’s daughter. The judge will prove himself wise by eliciting a sincere apology to DJ Envy from Star, and letting the matter end there. As for Star, I’m sure we’ll be hearing from him again, and that’s okay with me.