Update: Andy Marra of GLAAD has an update posted at the glaadBLOG:
I received a tip from a GLAADblog follower about a statement posted by KRXQ radio host Rob Williams who owns the “Rob, Arnie and Dawn in the Morning” show. At 11:50am PST, Williams issued a statement about their May 28 segment where Rob and Arnie made offensive remarks against transgender children. They refused to apologize on a follow-up show.
The statement comes after a week of turmoil for the radio station. On June 1, GLAAD issued a Call to Action that mobilized hundreds of people to contact the radio station and voice their concerns. You can read more about that here and here.
Huffington Post blogger Michael Rowe and Pam’s House Blend contributor Autumn Sandeen were key reporters regularly following the issue. Their crucial coverage and GLAAD’s Call to Action resulted in a flurry of media pick-up. Concerned community members also began to contact companies and urge them to pull their advertising contracts from KRXQ. I then ended up fielding emails and calls from companies who wanted GLAAD to post and distribute their statements to either pull or not renew advertising on the radio station due to the offensive broadcast. You can read more about that here…
More at the glaadBLOG entry entitled UPDATE: KRXQ Radio Host Rob Williams Declares Failure.
From the front page of the Rob, Arnie, and Dawn In The Morning show:
TO OUR LOYAL ROB, ARNIE AND DAWN FOLLOWERS,
WE HAVE FAILED YOU. AS A SHOW, AS PEOPLE, AS BROADCASTERS, WE HAVE SIMPLY FAILED ON ALMOST EVERY LEVEL.
WE PRESENTED OUR OPINIONS ON A VERY SENSITIVE SUBJECT IN A HATEFUL, CHILDISH AND CRUDE FASHION; AND THEN, GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETRACT THOSE REMARKS, WE DEFENDED THEM.
SINCE THEN, YOU, OUR LOYAL LISTENERS, HAVE MADE IT CLEAR TO US THAT WE WENT TOO FAR. THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING. NONE OF YOU SAID THAT WE COULDN’T HAVE OPINIONS, YET SO MANY OF YOU SAID THAT THE WAY WE GAVE THEM CROSSED THE LINE. FURTHER, YOU SAID THAT OUR ATTEMPT TO MASK OUR COMMENTS AS “JOKES THAT WOULD BE UNDERSTOOD BY OUR AUDIENCE,” WAS UNACCEPTABLE. I WOULD SAY NOW THAT IT WAS WORSE THAN THAT, IT WAS COWARDLY. YOU HAVE MADE THAT CLEAR…
Read the rest of the statement at their website.
Folks, thank you. The advertiser blitz worked. The LGBT and progressive communities have controlled anti-gay and anti-transgender sentiment directed at our transgender youth. I believe it was you, the grass roots activists who took action by contacting the KRXQ advertisers, that made all the difference.
“[T]he job of the gay community is not to deal with extremists who would castigate us or put us on an island and drop an H-bomb on us. The fact of the matter is that there is a small percentage of people in America who understand the true nature of the homosexual community. There is another small percentage who will never understand us. Our job is not to get those people who dislike us to love us. Nor was our aim in the civil rights movement to get prejudiced white people to love us. Our aim was to try to create the kind of America, legislatively, morally, and psychologically, such that even though some whites continued to hate us, they could not openly manifest that hate. That’s our job today: to control the extent to which people can publicly manifest antigay sentiment.“
And, Caesar Chavez:
“We are confident. We have ourselves. We know how to sacrifice. We know how to work. We know how to combat the forces that oppose us. But even more than that, we are true believers in the whole idea of justice. Justice is so much on our side, that that is going to see us through.”
And, it has.
Again, thank you grass roots activists for the work you’ve done to have this happen. Contacting the advertisers made a big difference.
By the way, I’ve talked to Andy Marra (of GLAAD); I’ve talked to Kim Pearson (the TransYouth Family Allies executive director); and I’ve talked to Dawn of the Rob, Arnie, and Dawn In The Morning show.
Trust me, this story isn’t over by a very long shot. But that said, this apology was the first, very necessary step.
* Writing FCC Complaints About Arnie States’ Shoe Throwing Comment On KRXQ & KDOT
* Snapple, Sonic & Chipotle Pull Advertising From KRXQ
* Nonviolence In Response To The Rob, Arnie, & Dawn In The Morning Tirades On TransYouth
* GLAAD Action Alert On Rob, Arnie & Dawn in the Morning Radio Show TransYouth “Tirade”
* On Transitioning Transgender Youth II – The Other Side Of The Coin
* On Transitioning Transgender Youth