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Should Howard Stern Play Artie Lange Clips — Is it Moral?

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Something makes me very uneasy about Howard Stern’s replay week while he’s on vacation.  He is playing the best of Artie Lange, which includes many of Artie’s tortured revelations on the radio.  For those of you that don’t know, comedian Artie Lange attempted suicide recently, in a very gruesome and disturbing way.  He consistently discussed his drug addiction and depression on the air, which led me to question Stern’s morals for keeping him employed.  To be fair, Stern openly doubted his decision to keep Artie employed, but often said he didn’t think that firing him would help his recovery.  My problem is that Artie frequently showed up for his radio gig while on heroin, and often fell asleep on the air, which led to grandiose guffaw’s at Lange’s expense.  In hindsight, I’m sure Stern is tortured by his choices.  Is it okay to laugh at the depressed, drug-addicted, alcoholic?  And is it okay to keep paying the guy that is using his gigantic paycheck to facilitate his addiction?  Because neither Stern nor I have objective answers to these questions, I think it’s probably best to forgo the Artie Lange archive altogether.

  • Erik

    When I worked at Crumbs, the cupcake store, – one their cupcakes was an Artie Lange cupcake. Do you think it is moral to keep selling the cake??

    (Note: it is not NEARLY as popular as the Baba Booey as far as I could tell)

  • Erik

    When I worked at Crumbs, the cupcake store, – one their cupcakes was an Artie Lange cupcake. Do you think it is moral to keep selling the cake??

    (Note: it is not NEARLY as popular as the Baba Booey as far as I could tell)

  • malibujack

    As an ex Howard Stern fan, this is my opinion, you misspelled H-E-R-O-I-N ! You turned a deadly, highly addictive drug into a female hero by just adding one letter!!! You have a way with words!!!lol

    • The Dishmaster

      Good eye for drug related typos, Jack. Do you have something to tell me?

  • malibujack

    As an ex Howard Stern fan, this is my opinion, you misspelled H-E-R-O-I-N ! You turned a deadly, highly addictive drug into a female hero by just adding one letter!!! You have a way with words!!!lol

    • The Dishmaster

      Good eye for drug related typos, Jack. Do you have something to tell me?

  • The Dishmaster

    Erik, I think they have a crumbs cupcake named after him because they used to deliver to the Howard Stern show for free, and it’s a tribute. There’s a difference between a heartfelt tribute and exploitation.

  • The Dishmaster

    Erik, I think they have a crumbs cupcake named after him because they used to deliver to the Howard Stern show for free, and it’s a tribute. There’s a difference between a heartfelt tribute and exploitation.

  • malibujack

    HA! HA!

  • malibujack

    HA! HA!

  • scab

    Dude, Howard Stern has professed nothing but his admiration and love for Artie Lange and for you to attempt to cast it in a different light is not good reporting.  Get the whole story before you start spewing BS.