College Calls Police Over Use of 'Tranny' on the Radio

“It’s a violation. You are breaking the law.”

Ahhh, college -- that bastion of free-thought, free-expression idealism. Or at least, it used to be. Sadly, those days are long gone — just ask University of Minnesota-Morris student Brandon Albrecht.  

On Friday, while Albrecht was broadcasting with co-host Taylor Lehmann on their show “Deplorable Radio,” he used what he thought was an innocuous, abbreviated term for “transvestite”:

“You know, you can definitely, you see one tranny that’s trying to punch someone…You know it’s automatically that one guy that you know I’m talking about. I bet you know. I’m not going to dox anybody and name them on air. But you two know if I say the tranny who looks like he’s going to punch someone. Yep.”

Albrecht’s description was part of a discussion of the lack of Antifa violence on UMM’s campus. However, the station manager wasn’t amused: about 15 minutes after the incident, according to a video Friday, she — joined by a UMMPD officer — kicked the hosts out of the studio. She can be heard on the video saying they were in violation of the Federal Communications Commission:

“Hey guys, I am just going to have you leave. You said a couple words that break FCC violations, and so for today I am going to have you stop your show. Specifically 'tranny.' That is a hate slur, it is not allowed on radio. I need you to leave.”

“Did you really have to call the police?” a student asks in the video. “Yes,” she demands, “it’s a violation. You are breaking the law.” The manager further explains, “That is a specific hate-speech word never allowed on radio. In the same way that you can never say ‘c***s*cker’ on radio.”

According to The College Fix, a week later, Albrecht and Lehmann were brought before an executive board, during which they were told they “were permanently suspended from the radio by executive decision.”

Albrecht says the board changed the story as to why they were in trouble — after admitting that “tranny” was not in violation of FCC guidelines, the panel told the DJ’s of complaints the week before the incident that they were on the air under the influence, which was in fact an FCC violation.  Albrecht maintains that they were entirely sober during their broadcasts. Furthermore, a “First Amendment and media” lawyer, Bob Corn-Revere, told The Fix that neither "tranny" nor broadcasting under the influence were against the FCC. 

On Wednesday, the station manager sent Albrecht an email admitting that “tranny” was not a violation, but that the hosts were in fact suspended for an entirely new reason: they did not play “at least 2 new songs per hour.”

Albrecht maintains that other shows on the station do not follow the 2-new-songs-per-hour guideline, and yet they remain on the air. He insists that his show was canceled due to nothing more than the school’s leftist adherence to political correctness. Furthermore, he says that he and Lehmann refuse to step down — which they were ordered by the board to do. Instead, he says, they will require the committee to “hold a ridiculous vote for the whole station to kick us out for saying ‘tranny.’” In summation, Brandon Albrecht laments:

“It is a shame that our freedom of speech is being curtailed today in the very place it should be most free, on college campuses.”

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