On air Friday, Cleveland radio personality DJ Dominic Dieter advised the father of a teen girl who was caught kissing another girl that he should have one of his friends rape the young woman so she was “screw[ed] straight.” On the syndicated morning talk/comedy show “Rover’s Morning Glory,” Dominic Dieter read an apparent email from a man who asked what to do after his teen daughter kissed another girl. “You should get one of your friends to screw your daughter straight,” Dieter said.
The Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) condemned the comments and called for Dieter’s suspension. “[T]his 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,” said a spokesperson. “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.”
Today, the station WMMS-FM/100.7 played a recorded apology from Dieter, who was absent from the show. A manager for Clear Channel refused to tell a reporter from Cleveland.com specifically how long Dieter would be absent from the air or what his disciplinary action would specifically be. Dieter’s apology said:
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.
It’s a decent apology in the age of “I’m sorry you were offended” non-apologies, but it doesn’t go far enough. This joke, if you could even call it that — jokes were funny, I thought? — is particularly horrific considering the very real, very fucked up, widespread practice of “corrective rape” in South Africa. Women and girls are targeted for being gay or even for being perceived as being gay; being raped by a man is seen as a hybrid punishment for gayness but also an attempt at making their sexuality more normative. Separate to “corrective rape,” South Africa in particular has its own terrible problem with widespread sexual assault. Yet the fact remains that women are targeted because their sexuality is seen as “different” or “wrong.”
Which is exactly the same reason DJ Dominic Dieter said what he said — and why he deserves to lose his job.
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