An Ohio-based radio DJ who ignited controversy last week after telling a concerned father he should "get one of your friends to screw your daughter straight" has apologized for his comments.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) notes that Dominic Dieter, the host of the popular "Rover's Morning Glory" on Cleveland's WMMS 100.7 FM radio (The Buzzard), issued an on-air apology for his statements this morning. In addition, Clear Channel Communications, parent company of the radio station WMMS, confirmed to GLAAD that unspecified "disciplinary action has been taken" against Dieter, while also pledging to run a series of PSAs about the dangers of parental rejection.
A transcript of the show provided by GLAAD quotes Dieter as saying:
"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."
In addition, "Rover's Morning Glory" has invited local LGBT advocacy group Equality Ohio to join its community advisory board.
As MSNBC reported, Dieter's comment came in response to an email from a concerned parent who caught his teenage daughter kissing another girl on April 27. "You should get one of your friends to screw your daughter straight," Dieter quipped.
The comment was quickly condemned by GLAAD, among other organizations. "It was appalling and dangerous for this show to tell a father that he should have one of his friends rape his daughter" Aaron McQuade, GLAAD's Director of News & Field Media, is quoted as saying in a statement. "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."
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