Local DJ Defends Controversial Tweet
POSTED: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 5:50pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 3:44pm
EAST EL PASO- On Saturday, DJ Johnny Kage tweeted, "Cashn in on some savings at the mall..all the cashiers ask if I'm Military which I'm not..I say I am and I save! Lol #winning."
Hundreds of El Pasoans are expressing their anger at a local radio DJ.
Johnny Kage sent a tweet saying he lies to businesses in order to get a military discount.
DJ Johnny Kage says he regrets posting the message online only because he feels it was taken out of context. He says the tweet itself is a joke, and that he has never received a military discount.
Johnny Kage claims it was a joke he had heard on TV, but he can't remember specifically where he heard it, claiming it was never meant to disrespect anyone.
The El Paso radio personality has made controversial statements before, and he says the twitter message shouldn’t be taken seriously.
"If you really know my character, I'm the prankster. I'm the jokester. It was never meant to disrespect any military. If I offended any military, I sincerely apologize. I have a lot of friend and family that are out there as well,” said Kage.
Many Newchannel 9 Facebook fans agree that the comment is taken out of context. One person writes:
"…even if it wasn't a joke; so what. If a cashier doesn't ask for an I.D. and gives someone a military discount, I'll take it."
Others are angry about the tweet, one even tells Newchannel 9.
"This DJ should be arrested and charged with impersonating a military official."
Linda McGhee owns a florist shop near Fort Bliss, she says she offers a discount to military, but she asks for proof of I.D. every time.
"We do ask for I.D. sometimes you can tell right away when they do come in uniform. Sometimes they don't, but most of the time. The ones that are will show you their I.D right away, even if you don’t ask for it,” said McGhee.
Johnny Kage's employer, Southern Radio Incorporated issued a written statement on Monday.
It says the tweet was inappropriate, but the company supports Kage by saying it's in the entertainment business, and you should take the inappropriate comment as a joke.