I was going to say that have your daughter ***** straight was a pretty irresponsible thing to say, then I read what he actually said. "You should get one of your friends to screw your daughter straight." The writer of the story and GLAAD are fucking reprehensible. He didn't say the word **** at all. Sure what he said was stupid, but to imply that he said that she should be ***** straight is dishonest and a dangerously irresponsible way to write a story.
You people want this man to lose his JOB over something he SAID? Grow a thicker skin. This was something said off the cuff (I assume) because these guys have to fill hours a day 5 days a week with TALK. I don't listen to this show, but let the man apologize because he was going for a JOKE. Just because YOU are offended doesn't mean he should lose his JOB.
And yes I know I will be fireballed for saying all that. Before I get heaps of crap flung at me, I am all for Gay rights, Gay marriage, complete equality and HUMOR. I don't think *ANYONE'S* job should be put into jeopardy because some people do not like what's being said.
Was what he said stupid? Yeah, I feel it's a bit on the stupid side, but I really don't think he needs to be fired.
Do you think you're going to change their minds? Their entire business model is based upon manufacturing outrage and getting people fired. One of our hosts even got in trouble and had to take a class run by GLAAD for something he said at his previous station. Of course our station is run by absentee owners, and management leaves as soon as their air shifts are over, so the guy now spends 4 hours a night bashing gays with impunity.
I know what you mean, but if he can get away with it I think he should stay, even though the joke is foul and unfunny in its hackiness and ignorance towards homosexuality. Jokes that make assumptions that homosexuality is somehow equal or related to pedophilia or a choice are based on a false premise and bug the hell out of me. That said, if you're saiyng that to be ironic or purposely obnoxious, I might find it funny. .
Either way, I think I'd rather ignore it then deal with firing someone, but then again I don't know anything about working in radio. It just seems its more work to fire a guy for saying something shitty when there's no backlash in ratings.
Some cunt posted her email to wmms, so I sent this to them:
I'll keep this brief. Please do not fire Dieter for trying to be funny. Take a stand and show people that they do NOT have a right to not be offended. What one person finds funny, another may not. It's HUMOR. I really don't think Dieter or ANYONE for that matter should be fired for attempting to be funny.
You'll have a lot of people sending in "I'm OFFENDED" emails who aren't even in Ohio chiming in due to what they read OUT OF CONTEXT on one website or another. These people will be in the minority. Let the man apologize if need be and move on. I rather doubt any sort of boycott or whatever GLAAD would bring to bear would make much of a difference. If one advertiser actually backs out, I'm sure others would be more than willing to jump on board.
Don't allow a small minority of offended people override what the majority of people enjoy. Sure it's a vocal minority, but it's still a small amount of people.
Your email is well thought out and presents a good case. It went right into a spam folder. Making phone calls in support of the guy is what you can really do to help. Positive support for the personality is the best way to save him short of buying tons of ad spots.
This is my take on this
Both radio hosts and interest groups walk a thin line. Sometimes the radio hosts cross the line by doing or saying stupid stuff (killing a women with water, having sex in a church, calling a private person a slut), sometimes it's the interest groups that cross the line by being overly sensitive and targeting male oriented shows.
They're here. They're queer. Get used to them getting their way because another minority isn't as organized to stand up to them.
So 'Screw' means '****' now? If I tell someone to 'Go Screw' that means 'Go ****'? When did GLAAD turn into such thin skinned Babies? Such potential to help the LGBT movement forward, yet obsess over something a dumb radio personality said. Such a shame. The best part was how it wasn't meant to be taken serious and in humor (weather you find it funny or not), but good ol' GLAAD Knee-Jerk reacts to it being 'hate speech'. Again, Babies.
If I actually unpack what this guy said, it's reprehensible to me on four different levels. If I was part of the audience, my reaction would have been not to laugh at it. And I can see why special interests would have something to say about it, though unless it was meant seriously nobody should care who isn't a listener.
But advocacy groups would still get their news coverage without directly messing with the guy's job. They could use the time on the news to talk about the fact that what the guy was joking about on the air is actually being forced on gays in parts of the world to "cure" them. Send him a letter with their position that he can read from on the air if he chooses, which you know he will because it's in the news, but don't force an apology. Take the high road instead of alienating the audiences of various "offensive" radio shows from their cause.
Jokes that make assumptions that homosexuality is somehow equal or related to pedophilia or a choice are based on a false premise and bug the hell out of me. That said, if you're saiyng that to be ironic or purposely obnoxious, I might find it funny.