NJ Attorney General Gubir S. Grewal and NJ Gov. Murphy // Edwin J.Torres

By: Tiffany Marie Velez, Co-Editor

In July, Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco, hosts of WKXW-FM, were suspended after calling New Jersey’s Attorney General Gurbir S. Grew a “turban man” on air. The suspension only lasted 10 days. Before their derogatory remarks, they warned those that were tuned in that what they would say may be offensive to others, yet continued.

During a segment on New Jersey’s 101.5, on a segment titled, The Dennis and Judi Show, a conversation regarding Grew’s initiative to suspend marijuana prosecutions resulted in Dennis Malloy referring to him as “the guy with the turban.” Franco proceeded to engage with Malloy, singing “Turban man!”  Malloy then responded, “If that offends you, then don’t wear the turban and, maybe I’ll remember your name.”

In a response to these heinous remarks, Grewal posted on his Twitter account saying, “My name, for the record, is Gurbir Grewal. I’m the 61st Attorney General of NJ. I’m a Sikh American. I have 3 daughters. And yesterday, I told them to turn off the radio.”

Born to two Indian parents, Grewal was born in Jersey City. Before becoming the NJ Attorney General, Grewal was a Bergen county prosecutor and worked as an assistant U.S. attorney.

In the Sikh religion, turbans are used to represent self respect, honor, and courage, and more values. The turban represents the Sikh religion, but the religion should not define Grewal.

Malloy apologized to Grewal, on behalf of him and his co-host Franco and said, “[we are] offering our heartfelt apologies to the attorney general of the state of New Jersey, who is a man who certainly deserves more respect than our comments reflected on Wednesday.”