For 18 months, activists from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the National Hispanic Media Coalition have fought to get José Luis Sin Censura off of television. The show, which is basically the Spanish-language equivalent to the Jerry Springer show, as been derided for its repeated use of homophobic slurs. Today, those activists won.
GLAAD and NHMC received a letter today from Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. outlining the company’s decision to drop the show. Basically, all the negative press was bad for business. The company said that it’s “pleased to have amicably resolved this matter” and is “glad NHMC and GLAAD will no longer discourage companies from advertising with Libereman Broadcasting.”
You can see the letter in its entirety over at GLAAD’s blog.
GLAAD reviewed 20 episodes of the show that aired last year and documented the use of words like “pinche” (“fcking” in English) and “culero” (“assfcker”), anti-gay language, including epithets such as “”maricón,” “joto” and “puñal” (or “f*ggot”), and anti-Latino slurs, such as “mojado” (“wetback”). All words that would also not be heard on pre-recorded shows in english broadcast television.
The use of these words on the show are routine and often followed by applause. The 173-page complaint [PDF] accuses the show of repeatedly defaming “gays and lesbians and legitimizing violence as a way of dealing with a variety of social issues, but especially violence against individuals who are actually or perceived to be gay.”
“Urging audience members to chant such obscene words is shocking and shows a complete lack of responsibility on the part of producers and programmers. These shows send a dangerous message and can contribute to putting gay people in harm’s way. This type of programming is unacceptable,” said Jarrett Barrios, president of GLAAD in a written statement.