An influential rock radio station is under fire after one of its DJs reportedly told a member of the public he should get one of his friends to “screw” his lesbian daughter straight.
The comment was made by cast member Dominic Dieter during a Friday broadcast of ”Rover’s Morning Glory,” a popular morning show that airs on Cleveland’s WMMS 100.7 FM radio (The Buzzard). This has led for LGBT media organization GLAAD to call for Dieter’s suspension.
According to the incident reports (and later confirmed to us by an executive for Clear Channel, the station’s parent company), the anti-gay remark was made by Dominic Dieter, one of the “Rover’s Morning Glory” cast members. Responding to an e-mail from a father who (for reasons unknown) wrote to the station to say that he’d happened upon his teenage daughter kissing another girl. Deiter responded to the father, on-air, by saying:
“You should get one of your friends to screw your daughter straight.”
“It was appalling and dangerous for this show to tell a father that he should have one of his friends rape his daughter” said Aaron McQuade, GLAAD’s Director of News & Field Media. “That’s essentially how Dieter responded to this listener, and this is no laughing matter in a world where people are too often the victims of violence and sexual assault based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation. And Dieter gave this vile advice to everyone who was listening, including educators, parents and children – sending the message that it’s okay to physically or sexually abuse people who are perceived to be gay.”
Some apologists have quibbled over GLAAD calling this corrective rape advocacy, but this is willfully turning a blind eye to the subtext of Dieter’s statement. How else can it be interpreted but to advocate forcing the girl (whose exact age hasn’t been publicized) to have sex with a man in order to “cure” her of being a lesbian (presuming for a moment that the father’s assumption about her sexuality is accurate)? The statement is also not so subtly sexist, as though the girl couldn’t help but turn straight when presented with the power of the male sexual advance.
“These comments are as unfunny as they are unconscionable,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “We call on WMMS and Clear Channel to immediately take action and hold DJ Deiter accountable for his grotesque and unprofessional actions. Deiter’s remarks were particularly troubling because so-called ‘corrective rape’ is actually an ‘ex-gay’ technique used on lesbians in some countries.”
GLAAD has reached out to the Clear Channel and, making it very clear that no matter the context the language used was potentially severely damaging, has called for the radio DJ to be suspended. GLAAD has also asked for an apology to be made to the LGBT community, and that the radio station dedicate a segment of the show to how damaging parental rejection can be for kids.
At the time of writing the station has yet to publicly comment.
If you believe action should be taken over Dieter’s remarks, sign the Care2 community petition here.
UPDATE: GLAAD reports that Dieter has issued a public apology aired on Monday’s show and that disciplinary action has been taken, though the station, WMMS, has not disclosed the nature of that disciplinary action.
“I just wanted to say that, I know on the show this past Friday I made some comments that people found….. considered to be offensive. And I just wanted to say, I understand why people are angry. I want to genuinely apologize to anyone who may have been offended by what I said. I regret what I did say. My comments were inappropriate. They were inexcusable, and just downright stupid. And I want to make it clear; there was absolutely no intention to promote physical or sexual violence. And I’m truly; truly sorry by my poor choice of words that led people to believe otherwise. Again, Rover… I just want to apologize for any pain I might have caused. (…) I ask people to find it in their hearts to forgive me. I am sorry for the words that I did say. “
In addition, WMMS has pledged to run a number of PSAs about the issue of parental rejection and giving LGBT teens support in the home environment.
At the time of writing, a Care2 petition calling for Dieter to be fired has received over 2,200 signatures.